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.”
SPECIAL KIC MEETING
A special meeting of the Kiowa Indian Council (KIC) has been called to select a Coordinator for the KIC. The meeting will be on December 16, 2017 in Red Buffalo Hall in Carnegie OK at 9am.
According to the new Constitution, at least 150 Kiowa Tribal members, 18 or over, must be in attendance to establish a quorum.
The Kiowa Tribe’s new Constitution has established an office for the KIC called the “Office of the Council”, staffed by a part-time Coordinator. The KIC Coordinator is selected at the Annual Meeting of the KIC in April or at a Special Meeting of the KIC as needed.
Any adult member of the Tribe may serve as the part-time KIC Coordinator. Anyone who is interested in serving may submit a written application or letter of interest to the Chairman Matt Komalty. On November 16, 2017, the Chairman will publish the list of persons who applied.
The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2017 at 5pm.
Send applications to Matthew Komalty, Chairman, Kiowa Tribe, PO Box 369 Carnegie, Oklahoma 73015.
An application is also available on the Tribal website kiowatribe.org.
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
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.
The Kiowa Newspaper can be picked up, in Carnegie at the Kiowa Tribal Complex, Bank of Commerce, the Indian Clinic, the Kiowa Gift Shop, the AOA Center and the Tax Commission office. In Anadarko at the Indian Clinic, the Kiowa Housing Authority, Darko Affordable Housing Solutions, Warrior Mart, and Oklahoma Indian Arts and Crafts Cooperative. In Lawton at the Indian Hospital. In Mt. View at Hop n Sack. In Hobart at Sunny’s Convenience Store.
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SPECIAL KIC MEETING-DECEMBER 16 2017, RED BUFFALO HALL, 9AM.
75TH ANNUAL VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION-NOVEMBER 11, 2017, KIOWA COMPLEX, CARNEGIE OK.
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.
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