The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

  • 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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