May 21, 2019
RED ROCK, Okla. – The National Credit Union Administration granted a federal charter and Share Insurance Fund coverage to the Otoe-Missouria Federal Credit Union on Monday, May 20 at a special ceremony in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
The Charter was presented in-person by NCUA Board Chairman Rodney E. Hood who traveled from Washington D.C. to present the first charter of 2019 to the tribe. NCUA is the independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise federal credit unions and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.
“I congratulate the tribal community for making their vision for this credit union a reality,” says Hood. “This charter supports the President’s plan to perpetuate economic growth and establishes greater opportunity and financial security for individuals and businesses by providing affordable services tailored to meeting the needs of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, its employees, and its businesses.”
The Otoe-Missouria FCU will serve the employees and enrolled members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, located in Red Rock, Oklahoma, including 17 businesses owned by the Tribe. Their mission is to provide financial services tailored to meet the needs of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, its employees and its businesses.
“Like most Native American communities, the Red Rock area has always been underbanked,” Otoe-Missouria Chairman John Shotton says. “Access to banking services and credit has been limited. This credit union will open those services to our people. It’s an exciting time.”
When the credit union opens in late summer, it will offer key financial services for its members, including regular shares, share draft accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, club accounts, auto loans, unsecured loans, share secured loans, payroll deduction, and home banking. Future services planned include debit cards, courtesy pay, mobile banking, and reloadable gift cards.
OMFCU President & CEO Leilani Harpole welcomed the guests to the charter presentation ceremony and acknowledged the effort the tribe had made to achieve this success.
“This project has been a long-time coming and I am grateful to everyone who helped us achieve this goal,” Harpole says. “This credit union is the result of the tribe determining what they needed for their community, for their people and for their nation.”
Harpole says she expects to hire three employees to operate the first branch of the OMFCU, which will be located in the lobby area of the 7C Land & Cattle Steakhouse and 7 Clans Paradise Event Center in Red Rock.
NCUA has designated Otoe-Missouria FCU as a low-income credit union based on their potential membership. This special designation allows the credit union the ability to accept non-member deposits, obtain grants and loans from the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, offer secondary capital accounts, and qualify for exemptions from statutory limits on member business lending. NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion will provide ongoing assistance to the new credit union.
The Otoe-Missouria Development Authority, established in 2006, is sponsoring the new credit union. The mission of OMDA is to serve all Otoe-Missouria Tribal members while assisting the Tribe to become self-sufficient in the operation and development of revenue sources needed to provide for the Tribe's present and future needs.
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January 31, 2019
ATTENTION TRIBAL MEMBERS--Before the new 7 Clans Water Park opens, we are hosting a special weekend for enrolled Otoe-Missouria Tribal Members.
Soft Opening for Enrolled Otoe-Missouria Tribal member
Dates: Feb 22-Feb 24, 2019
- Tribal Members can begin checking in to their hotel rooms at noon on the 22nd
- All Tribal Members must check out of their hotel rooms by noon the 24th
- Hotel Room discounted rate will be $99 per night during soft opening
- Waterpark hours will be 11a-8p daily--Except for the 22nd when the park will open at noon following ribbon cutting ceremony.
- When checking in, the Tribal Members must present a valid Otoe-Missouria Tribal ID (Expired ID’s will not be accepted)
- Must be 21 to reserve a room
- A credit card will be required, and a $100 deposit for all rooms.
- To reserve a room, contact the hotel at 580-448-3225.
For this weekend only, the waterpark will be open and free to Tribal Members even if they are not staying at the hotel. This will be limited to waterpark capacity. Anyone coming during that time frame will have to have a valid Otoe Tribal ID which will be checked at the entrance, including minors. Children under the age of 14 shall not be left unattended at any time.
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January 15, 2019
NORMAN, Okla.--Four Otoe-Missouria tribal youth became the first Tribal Teen CERT Team Instructors in the United States this weekend in Norman.
CERT teams are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are a national program of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.The youth participated in a 20-hour training that taught them how to be instructors for other youth and adults. Upon completion of their training, the youth are now certified to instruct others on the creation of CERT Teams.
Previously the youth were part of the first Tribal Teen CERT Team also through the Otoe-Missouria Tribe.
The new Teen CERT Team instructors are Anias Bible, Derek Bible, Michaela Kihega and Breanna Kihega (the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princess). Their chaperone was Carolee Bible Pratt who also completed the instructor training.
The instructor training took place at the Norman Fire Department with participation from the Norman Fire Department, Oklahoma County Emergency Management and the Oklahoma City Emergency Management. The training was sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.
During their previous trainings, the Otoe-Missouria Teen CERT participants learned: how to extinguish small fires; conduct light search and rescue; assist those who are injured; set up medical treatment areas; assist emergency responders; identify and anticipate hazards; reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace; help reduce survivor stress.
For the last several years the Otoe-Missouria Emergency Manager James LeClair has worked with FEMA to prepare the tribe and the surrounding community for natural and manmade disasters. His efforts have resulted in the establishment of an adult and teen CERT teams.
“The youth plan on teaching their own TEEN CERT Camp sometime in the future and they would also like to do a leadership camp in participation with other tribes,” LeClair says. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of these kids. They gave up a whole weekend to become Certified CERT instructors.”
The Otoe-Missouria Teen CERT will also be presenting at the Intertribal Emergency Management Coalition (ITEMC) Summit as well as volunteering their time to help to help at the event.
For more information about the Otoe-Missouria Teen Cert Team contact James LeClair at 580-723-4466 ext 142.
The Otoe-Missouria Teen CERT Team became the first Tribal Teen CERT Instructors in the nation during a training over the weekend in Norman. The new certified instructors are (L to R) Michaela Kihega, Derek Bible, Breanna Kihega, chaperone Carolee Bible Pratt and Anias Bible.
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December 6, 2018
Red Rock, OKLA.--The Otoe-Missouria Tribe held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 5 in Red Rock to officially begin operation of the tribe’s new water treatment facility.
After years of enduring issues with poor quality water, the tribe created an intense reorganization plan for the utility authority and the water plant in the fall of 2016. The Tribal Council appointed the Otoe-Missouria Utility Authority Board and the members began reorganization immediately.
Municipalities in the area where the tribe is located struggle with plentiful water sources and effective treatment of water. With the completion of this water treatment facility, the tribe will be able to support some of the communities, residences and businesses in the area that previously did not have access to potable water.
The new water treatment plant is over 6,500 square feet, much larger than the previous 1,000 square foot water treatment facility. The new water cleaning equipment is state-of-the-art and includes a plate settler system.
Plate settler systems are designed to remove particulates from liquids. They are often employed in primary water treatment in place of conventional settling tanks. Unlike conventional clarifiers they use a series of inclined plates. These inclined plates provide a large effective settling area for a small footprint. The inlet stream is stilled upon entry into the clarifier. Solid particles begin to settle on the plates and begin to accumulate in collection hoppers at the bottom of the clarifier unit. The sludge is drawn off at the bottom of the hoppers and the clarified liquid exits the unit.
The pilot study for the equipment was completed in the summer of 2016 and demonstrated how well the water was cleaned through this system.
The previous plant cleaned about between 40-55 gallons per minute depending on the turbidity of the inflowing water. The new plant will clean a maximum capacity of 175 gallons per minute using just one of the two cleaning lines. The two-line system allows for continuous water output on one line while maintenance and cleaning occur on the other line. The cost of the construction was $4.4 million.
The new facility can be monitored remotely and in-person. At any given time, one of the six staff members of the water treatment plant will be present in the facility to insure high water quality.
The tribe worked with many different agencies including the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Rural Water Association as well as Bronze Oak who constructed the plant itself and who provided training to the water plant staff.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is located in North Central Oklahoma in Red Rock. There are a currently 3,259 members enrolled in the tribe with the majority living in Oklahoma. The tribe was relocated to Oklahoma in 1881 from its first reservation on the border of Nebraska and Kansas. The tribe currently owns five casinos, two gas stations, two event centers, a hotel, a cattle company, a steakhouse, financial service companies, a propane company and it will open a water park in 2019.
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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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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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