The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

  • 2nd Quarter Per Capita Payments

    on June 1, 2018

    ATTENTION TRIBAL MEMBERS: Per capita payments will be direct deposited and mailed the week of June 11th. The amount has increased for the 2nd quarter reporting. The actual amount will not be posted publicly to protect the privacy of our tribal members. 

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  • Photo Exhibit at Pioneer Woman Museum

    on May 21, 2018

    Otoe-Missouria Exhibit to Open at Pioneer Woman Museum

    By the Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office


    Ponca City, OKLA--A special exhibit of historical photographs and artifacts from the Otoe-Missouria Tribe opens May 23rd at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City and will remain on display through December 2018.


    The exhibit began in 2011 as an outreach project for the Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office. 

    The photos and artifacts in the collection were either donated to the Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office by tribal members or included by agreement with museums and historical archive throughout the United States.


    “We now have over 150 photos in the Otoe-Missouria Photo Archive, but the exhibit only shows 35 photos and videos,” Heather Payne Public Information Officer says. “The photos in the exhibit correlate with historical high points and culturally relevant topics. In addition, this year, we will be displaying an Otoe-Missouria turban. This will be the first time this circa 1900 traditional headdress will be on display.”


    In 2013, the exhibit was on display at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. As the exhibit grew, it got the attention of museum curators in the region.


    “The Executive Director of the Standing Bear Museum in Ponca City visited the exhibit,” Payne says. “She was interested in having the display set up at Standing Bear, but that didn’t pan out. And over the years, we have been unable to get the exhibit set up at Standing Bear due to their limited availability of space for temporary exhibits. It would be the perfect location, but we just haven’t been able to make it happen.”


    Payne says that the mission of the Pioneer Woman Museum ties in well with the exhibit. The mission of the museum is to preserve the legacy of women from all races, creeds, and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. The museum is dedicated to the enduring spirit of women—past, present, and future—who see no boundaries. 


    “I had to make a few changes to the exhibit,” Payne says. “I added more photos of women and children. These strong Otoe-Missouria women pioneered a new life in Oklahoma. A place they had never been before and that they didn’t choose to live. They came as refugees—forced to leave their homeland. They survived and carried with them what traditions they could even under pressure to assimilate and give up their old ways. They endured.”


    Payne says that some images in the collection were edited out of the exhibit because they were such low quality that they couldn’t be enlarged enough for the gallery.

    “A lot of the photos were brought into my office by family members for me to use,” Payne says, “but the quality of the photos was sometimes very low. Often all that I had was a copy of a copy of a copy. The resolution was so poor that it couldn’t be used at all. Thank goodness for graphic artist Kennetha Greenwood who really worked hard to get some of the images up to museum quality again.”

    The information about the images has also been a challenge for Payne. She says there have been several instances where information about the people in the photo is unclear.

    “There are at least two photos in the collection that the identity of the people in the photo is challenged by different families,” Payne says. “One family says it is their grandfather so-and-so and another family says it is their grandfather so-and-so. How do you decide who is right? You can’t. You just have to say that there is a disagreement about the identity of this person on the text panel and provide the information you have at hand. Every year I make edits and changes to the information with the photos. It’s an evolving project.”

    Payne says she worked to make the exhibit interesting to Otoe-Missouria tribal members, but still basic enough for the general public to appreciate.


    “It’s funny because you get so used to talking to other Native people that you forget sometimes that the terms, language and words used in Indian Country aren’t universal,” Payne says. “The Pioneer Woman Museum Director Kelly Houston and her staff have been really great about asking good questions and making sure I explained things for a broad audience. I hope the result is educational for everyone.”


    The Pioneer Woman Museum staff and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe will host several events this year in coordination with the exhibit including activities for groups this summer and special events for schools in the fall.


    The Pioneer Woman Museum is located at 701 Monument Rd, Ponca City, OK. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the Otoe-Missouria Tribe visit



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  • Otoe-Missouria Tribe to Build Indoor Water Park & Expand Hotel

    on February 21, 2018

    NEWKIRK, Okla.-- The Otoe-Missouria Tribe announces its newest economic development project—the construction of an indoor water park and expansion of the tribe’s hotel located at 7Clans First Council Casino in Newkirk, OK.

    When completed the project will feature a 20,000 sq ft water park which includes three large thrill rides, a children's pool with additional slides, a separate teenage pool and a lazy river; 60 additional suite style rooms, including many with bunk beds, to bring the hotel capacity to 146 rooms; a first-floor arcade adjoining the hotel expansion and water park as well as food and beverage service for the water park and a meeting room plus.

    The project is scheduled to be completed and open for business in late December 2018 and will bring approximately 70 new jobs to the area. 

    Otoe-Missouria Chairman John R. Shotton says this is just the latest development that the tribe has created to continue a path of economic sovereignty. 

    "The Otoe-Missouria tribe is exited to break ground on the 7Clans First Council Hotel expansion and indoor waterpark," Shotton says. "This project is next phase in our plan to be the top entertainment destination in North Central Oklahoma. Building upon our outstanding gaming and hotel facilities as well as our unique concert venue, we look forward to offering even more entertainment options to our patrons and their families. The expansion will provide a family entertainment experience unlike any other in our region."

    7Clans Casino CEO Bruce Barnett believes the water park creates a unique opportunity for 7Clans First Council Casino and Hotel. 

    "Having the indoor water park adds year-round entertainment value for the entire family and will be a differentiator for our property," Barnett says. 

    John Lyden began serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Otoe-Missouria Development Authority this past July. Mr. Lyden brings years of insight and acumen with him from his previous post with Great Wolf Lodge Resorts.

    The Otoe-Missouria tribe operates five gaming facilities in North Central Oklahoma including 7Clans First Council Casino and Hotel in Newkirk, 7Clans Gasino at Chilocco, 7Clans Paradise Casino, 7Clans Gasino at Red Rock and 7Clans Casino in Perry. 



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  • Form 1099-MISC Mailed to Tribal Members

    on January 31, 2018

    TRIBAL MEMBERS: As of January 31, 2018 the 1099-MISC forms have been mailed. Form 1099-MISC report 
    the amount of per capita income you received in 2017. Please allow two weeks for delivery as they are coming from our accounting firm, not the tribal headquarters. For more information about reporting your per capita income on your personal income tax, visit Thank you!

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  • Language Research In Philadelphia

    on January 31, 2018

    From the Otoe-Missouria Language Director Sky Campbell: At the end of January I visited the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. 
    hey had some collections that I wanted to rummage through relating to the Otoe-Missouria language. While I knew partially what to expect, I was completely blown away by what I found. My main target was a researcher named Gordon Marsh who collected Ioway and Otoe-Missouria language information in 1936. 

    We've already had some of his material in our archives at the Otoe-Missouria Language Department, but they were scans of poorly Xeroxed (and often illegible) copies. And I (naively) thought we had most, if not all of it. Nope. Turns out we were missing a HUGE portion of it. Of course that was the main reason for the trip in the first find what we were missing and see about better copies of the stuff we had but couldn't read. I got to go through Marsh's ENTIRE collection, all the while giggling maniacally and furiously snapping pictures and making notes of what I wanted. 

    And now the dreaded waiting game, where I anxiously wait for the material to sent to us from the American Philosophical Society while trying desperately to work from the no doubt poor and out of focus pictures I took with my phone.
    I also seemed to solve a decades-old puzzle involving a mysterious "final page" of a 1947 article erroneously attributed to William Whitman and is actually from Marsh's material. All papers concerned are now happily reunited and the APS is incredibly grateful.
    I also found loads of information on Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) and Ponca/Omaha that I didn't know was there.
    It was a tremendous trip and the material found was desperately needed. Well worth the time. This is exactly the type of information we are seeking to revitalize and expand our knowledge of the Otoe-Missouria language.

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  • Tribes Gather for First Time in 130 Years

    on January 17, 2018

    Tribes from Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin to gather for first time in 130 years

    By Heather Payne, Public Information Officer

    RED ROCK, Okla.—For the first time in more than 130 years, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Winnebago Tribe and Ho-Chunk Nation will come together in fellowship at a historic gathering on January 20.

    The three tribes were all once part of one tribe in the Great Lakes region of the United States. They are related to each other in custom, culture and language, but were separated from each other over the centuries before being confined to different reservations in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin in the middle of the 19th century.

    “This is a like a large family reunion for us,” Otoe-Missouria Encampment Committee Chairman Donnie Childs says. “The Winnebago and Ho-Chunks are our cousins.”

    In December, Childs traveled to Nebraska to invite the Winnebago Tribe to attend the Otoe-Missouria Winter Encampment in Oklahoma. 

    “It’s been more than a century since all the tribes have been together” Childs says. “They (the Winnebago) welcomed us like long lost family. It was awesome. I’m really looking forward to this experience”  

    In addition, the Kiowa Gourd Clan and OKC Pow Wow Club are special guests at the dance. The Kiowa Tribe gave the Gourd Dance to the Otoe-Missouria people in the 1920’s shortly before the dance became extinct. When the dance was revived by the Kiowas in the 1950’s the Otoe-Missouria Tribe again started dancing as well.

    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe hosts its annual Winter Encampment January 20 at its 7 Clans First Council Casino in Newkirk, OK.  For more information visit



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  • Tribes Oppose Department Homeland Security Plan to Release Chemical Agents on Tribal Lands

    Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes on December 13, 2017

    Federal Agency Failed to Disclose Plans to Test Biohazardous Substances at the Site of the Former Chilocco Indian School on Trust Land Jointly Owned By Five Area Tribes

    CHILOCCO INDIAN SCHOOL, Okla. –The Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes (the “Council”) announced today its formal opposition to the Department of Homeland Security plan to test substances related to biochemical warfare on Tribal lands that include the site of the former Chilocco Indian School.

    The Tribes that compose the Council— the Kaw Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Tribe, and the Tonkawa Tribe—jointly own the former school site, but Homeland Security never consulted the Tribes about testing potentially carcinogenic and other undisclosed hazardous substances at the Chilocco Indian School.


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  • WIC Rolls Out EBT Cards

    on November 29, 2017

    Otoe-Missouria WIC Rolls Out New EBT Cards

    By Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office


    The eWIC card has arrived!  After five years of dedicated effort, the Otoe-Missouria Women Infant and Children now has Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for WIC benefits. 


    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to states and tribes for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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  • Holiday Assistance Available

    on November 27, 2017

    Financial assistance for unmet needs during the holiday season. Assistance may be used for holiday meals, travel, or any items traditionally purchased by tribal member families for holidays. Visit

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  • Hunting Season 2017 Open on Tribal Lands

    on October 22, 2017

    As a sovereign nation the Otoe-Missouria Tribe establishes it's own Hunting Season on tribal lands. For more information visit 

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  • Air Med ambulance offered FREE to Tribal Members

    on September 15, 2017

    The tribe is negotiating with Air Med to provide air ambulance services to all enrolled tribal members at no cost to the tribal members. The Air Med coverage would start on January 1, 2018.

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