Hisaw, Randall Howard
Howard, Betty Mae
Hurd Lee Macy
Jones Jr., John Calvin
Jones, Anita Louise
Keahtigh (Clark), Francelia Ann
Kelly Mary Lee
Lanman Lester Roy
Lemmerman Paula Jill
Lookingglass Sr., Leo Edgar
Lopez, Geraldine Anna
Lowe, Diana Lou
Moss, Laura Louise
Nunley, Catherine Ann
Paddlety, Garland Ray
Parker, Carole Jeanette
Peach, Francine Kay
Perdue, Elizabeth Ann
Peterson, Catherine Jane
Pierce, Carol Fern
Prado Brenda Zane
NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL INDIAN ROAD
The “Indian Road” south of Carnegie is now officially the “Native American Veterans Memorial Indian Road.
Upper echelon officials of Fort Sill Military Base and Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Tribes gathered together to show respect to fallen heroes, as well as all Veterans, by renaming the road in their honor.
The scene was Apache Dance Grounds with well over 400 spectators in attendance , while over 1700 viewed the event on the Kiowa Tribe’s Facebook page.
Cheers and “lulus” rang out as each of the Tribal Chairmen made comments on the event and recited names of the Fallen Warriors in each tribe.
Major General Brian J. McKiernan, Commanding General of Fort Sill, made the key note address and spoke of his pride serving in the military for 30 years and that Native Americans are always aware of their Tribal members in the military.
“When I’m among you, I’m among a community who never forgets and always finds a way to honor their service members, and so I thank you.”, said the Major General.
Ben Wolf won in District 6 after a run-off election on July 29, 2017.
Pictured is Yvette Zotigh, Ben Wolf, and Interim Judge Mark Henricksen. Wolf was sworn in on August 4, 2017.
The Kiowa Tribe Legislative Branch now has a full complement of Representatives to address the needs of the Kiowa people in 7 Districts.
NEWLY ELECTED LEGISLATORS
Three new Kiowa Tribe Legislators were sworn in on July 14, 2017, By Kiowa Tribe Interim Chief Judge Mark Henricksen. Pictured (above) left to right are Rhonda Ahhaitty- District 2, Anita Onco Johnson-District 5, Interim Judge Henricksen, and Modina Waters-District 7.
Eight months into President Donald Trump’s term, the Bureau of Indian Affairs lacks a permanent leader, but two Oklahoma Tribal members have been appointed to lower leadership posts.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, joined the bureau earlier this month as principle deputy assistant
secretary, the bureau’s second-in charge.
“I appreciate Secretary for giving me this tremendous opportunity to bring greater prosperity to tribes and their communities,” Tahsuda sid in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with tribal leaders on finding ways to make Indian Affairs programs more responsive to their needs.”
Tahsuda was previously a lobbyist on tribal affairs in Washington, a staffer for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and, before that, the National Indian Gaming Association’s top lawyer.
I’m confident he will be an effective advocate for our tribes,” said Matthew Komalty, chairman of the Kiowa Tribe. “We look forward to working with him.”
KIMBERLY SHOOK IS NIEA CLASSROOM TEACHER OF THE YEAR
(Courtesy of the Edmond Sun newspaper)
Fourth grade Sunset Elementary teacher Kimberly Shook has been named the 2017 National Indian Education Association Classroom Teacher of the Year following being chosen Oklahoma’s Indian Education Classroom Teacher of the Year in November 2016. The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. It was formed by Native educators in 1969 to encourage a national discourse on Native education.
Shook will begin her 25th year in the classroom this fall, 17 of those years have been at Edmond’s Sunset Elementary School teaching 4th graders. She started teaching in Oklahoma City, moved to Jenks, then Owasso and landed in Edmond in 2000. A member of the Kiowa Tribe, Shook graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993. Shook shares her Native American heritage with her students each year. “I wear my Indian tribe’s regalia and bring the regalia my two sons wore to share with my students,” Shook said. In addition to sharing her heritage with her students, she teaches them about other Indian cultures. “I teach the students to create something from their heritage as well as other heritages,” Shook said. Once they have finished a dream catcher, a cradle baby or a corn husk doll, only a few of the many cultural activities the students create, Shook said they want to take their creations home to show their parents. “It is so sweet knowing they have made a connection,” Shook added. This is not the first time an Edmond teacher has been named the Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year. Yvonne Hensley received the title in 2014 and was named the National Indian Association Classroom Teacher of the Year in 2015. Hensley followed Sydna Yellowfish who was named the Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year in 2008. Yellowfish is the Indian Education coordinator for the Edmond School District. Not only was Yellowfish recognized in 2008 but also Indian Parents of the Year, Brent and Kennetha Greenwood were also recognized. “I have been able to watch Kimberly in the after-school tutoring program,” Yellowfish said of Shook’s duties as director of the Before and After Care program at Sunset. “I have watched her as she works with students, and I have seen how she engages with them. I think she tries to have fun with them and really wants to know about the child in general and how they are and what they are doing". Not only is Shook involved in classroom teaching and in charge of the before- and after-school programs, but also she is involved in the summer Indian Education activities which she has been actively involved with each year, Yellowfish said. This week Shook is attending the Indian Education Summit in Norman along with other American Indian educators. Shook started the after-school tutoring effort for Native American students at Sunset and it is carried out throughout the district. The tutoring program has been in place in the district since 1972, and through this program the Indian students receive help with academics as well as cultural enrichment. During one workshop Shook attended this summer she said she became more familiar with the Oklahoma Indian Education website which she plans on using in her classroom more this year. “I am just really proud that she was selected,” Yellowfish said. “She is a good, positive role model for Edmond Public Schools.” Kimberly is married to Aaron Shook and they have two sons: Taylor Hines, and Connor Hines who is enlisted in the Navy. She is the great granddaughter of Lucy Saumpty. Her family lived in the Native American Veterans Memorial Indian Road area.
The Kiowa Tribe is currently accepting proposals for architectural design, construction, site preparation, transportation, and installation services for three (3) modular buildings. These buildings will be used to provide Head Start center based services to children in Carnegie, Anadarko and Lawton.
For more details, please visiit www.kiowatribe.org or contact Derek Tofpi, Acting Procurment Officer, at the following:
PROJECT: Head Start Modular Buildings
PO Box 369
Carnegie, OK 73015
PH: 580-654-2300 FAX: 580-654-2188
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The Kiowa Legislature District #1-Ah-Kaulay/Anadarko Northern Boundary: Washita River Southern Boundary, will be holding a Community Meeting at the Kiowa Housing Authority (KHA) on Tuesday September 26th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.The KHA is located at East Central Boulevard in Anadarko Oklahoma.
The Kiowa Legislature Districts #3, #4, #5, will be holding a Community Meeting at the Lawton Public Library, at 110 SW 4th Street in Lawton Oklahoma from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 28th
.The Kiowa Legislature District #7 will hold a Community Meeting at Angie Smith Methodist Church at 601 Southeast Grand Boulevard in Oklahoma City on Saturday September 30th from 10:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.. This will be a potluck meal.
Haskell Alumni Association of Oklahoma Benefit Powwow scheduled for Saturday September 23, 2017, has been cancelled.
"Kiowa Elder Fun Day"- September 29, 2017 at the AOA Elder Center in Carnegie.
AARP Native Elder Honors-October 3, 2017, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in OKC.
Second in Charge
UNCLAIMED 2016 ELDER PAYMENT CHECKS
Due to wrong mailing addresses, or lack of mailing addresses, many Kiowa Elders did not receive their Elder payment in December, 2016. Those checks are waiting in the Kiowa Tribal Complex Finance office. If you are or know someone on the following list, have them call the Kiowa Enrollment Office at 580-654-2300 ext. 327.
Adams, Labertha Marion
Balmer Carol Shan
Beck, Marshal Martin
Biggoose, Jessie Louise
Botone Kenneth Wayne
Butler, Carole Julene
Clement, Terry Lynn
Clement Jr., Victor Ivan
Cleveland Jr., Milford Lee
Cleveland, Nicky Roland
Coates, Bertha Rose
Crain, Linda Rose
Davidson, Fred Wallace
Del Greco, Patricia Ann
Easley, Roberta Lee
Frederick, Mary Alice
Geren Richard Wayne
Glidden Carol Sue
Gomez Elmer Eugene
Gomez, Sharon Kay
Green Marilyn Diane
Grindle, Sharon Kay
Grove James Everill
Harris, Greg Lance
KIOWA ELECTION COMMISSION
KEC Chairman, Burnett Pewenofkit, has announced that there are 4 vacancies on the KEC that need to be filled. Those interested in being Commissioners should submit written interest to the office of the Kiowa Tribal Chairman, Matt Komalty, within 30 days of this posting, then selections will be made. Those appointed will serve 4 year terms.
Commissioners are need for each District, except Districts 4 and 7 which are currently represented._____________________________________________________________________________
Redbird, Charles Leslie
Reyes, Margaret Joyce
Satoe, Joseph Roger
Skutley, Linda Kay
Smith, Johnita Bernadine/Palmeta
Srueill, June Lyal
Stewart, Cameron Anthony
Tartsah Jr., Lincoln
Tee Jr., Wilburn
Tointigh, Helen Jean
Tointigh, Jackie Dale
Tonemah, John David
Tonemah, Ora June
Topaum, Stephen Albert
Two Babies, Freddie
Wakefield Andrew Hagan
Ware, Michael Ross
Welch, Rosalie Mae
Westbrook, Cheryl Susan
Willis, Herbert Bynum
Yeahquo, Gary Ray
Yeahquo, Richard Ray
Zotigh (Hall), Fannie Mae
GIFT SHOP GRAND OPENING
The Carnegie Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Orval Williams, James Powers and Terri Johnson joins the Kiowa Vice-Chairman Charles Eisenberger, Oklahoma Senator Anastasia A. Pittman-District 48 Co-Chair of the Oklahoma Native American Caucus, Kiowa Princess Renora Corriveau, Kiowa Tribe Chairman Matt Komalty and Chamber Ambassadors Kelly Williams and Bryce Marshall.
Symbolically Cutting the ribbon is Penelope Williams, Granddaughter of Beth Gooday.
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