The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Courtney Burgess, Candidate for Tribal Treasurer

Aha! Jiwere Nut`achi,

I hope this letter finds you in good health physically and mentally and in good spirits. My name is Courtney Burgess and I am YOUR candidate for Tribal Treasurer.

I am the eldest daughter of Curtis Burgess Jr and Julia Kihega, granddaughter of Curtis and Shirley Burgess and Ronald Kihega and the late Imogene Columbus-Kihega. I am a member of the Tunamp’i (Bear Clan) and a lifelong resident of Red Rock, Oklahoma. I am the proud parent of three beautiful enrolled Otoe-Missouria children, Larissa, Nathan and Kaidence who attend Frontier Public Schools.

It is with great interest and concern that I ask for your vote on Saturday, November 3rd. I have been the Tribal Treasurer since being elected in November of 2012 and wish to continue to be YOUR Tribal Treasurer. We currently have a strong tribal leadership and we all have the best interest of all tribal members to better our Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

My employment with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe began in November of 2004. I love working for my Otoe-Missouria people and wish to continue working for YOU!

Since being elected in November of 2012, I have worked very hard for our Tribal Programs and for YOU! I’ve gotten the Tribe’s audits caught up with the help of the Finance Director. I’ve helped federal programs become compliant with their federal regulations. I’ve worked with various departments within the tribe with the issues or concerns they may face. I enjoy working one on one with Director’s and Programs of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, to understand what is going on within their programs and help in any way I can.

A few of my major accomplishments as the Tribal Treasurer are: getting direct deposit established to get your per capita payments quicker, providing AirMedCare Network in case you or your household ever need to be med-a flighted, and enrolling in a program with Keystone Flex to have your medical assistance on a card that is quick, easy, and at your fingertips. 

I currently sit on the Housing Board and the Utility Board. We have a great need for additional housing. Tribal Council and the Housing Board are aware of this and we are working together to find ways to provide additional housing. Our Utility Board has helped the Utility Department get into compliance by overseeing the Department to get the assistance they need to operate a water treatment plant that is out dated. Our new water treatment plant will be completed and fully operational in the coming months.

As your Tribal Treasurer I plan to continue finding ways for additional housing, expanding our utility services to surrounding areas, bringing our accounting back in-house, and working for you!!!  

Thank you for your support and continued support!



Courtney Burgess