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The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

  • COMPLEX CLOSED NOV 24-27 FOR THANKSGIVING

    on November 23, 2020

    The tribal complex will be closed November 24 through 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Seeking Contractors for Housing Department

    on November 20, 2020

    SEEKING CONTRACTORS:
    The Housing Department is seeking contractors to place bid on 5 rental units that are in need of remodel. Units are 2 and 3 bedroom HUD program rental units located in the Red Rock, OK. Work consist of:
    drywall repair and replace
    vinyl flooring installation
    painting
    perform finish work on trim and windows
    replace plumbing fixtures
    replacing light fixtures and ceiling fans
    Contractor’s will be required to turn in copy of their Commercial General Liability insurance, Builders Risk insurance, and Vehicle insurance. Contractor’s will be provided a bid packets via email and must have all bid submitted by 12/2/2020. Contact Ada Mehojah at 580-307-7303 or amehojah@omtribe.org to request a bid packet or schedule an appointment to view each unit


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  • Tribal Complex Closed; Essential Operations Only

    on November 15, 2020

    PLEASE BE AWARE that on Thursday, November 12, 2020 the Tribal Complex moved to essential operations only. Staff that must work were asked to do so remotely when possible. Those that must report in person, were asked to work in alternating shifts to limit person-to-person contact. Due to limited staff, please allow for 10 business days for the processing of your tag, tribal assistance, COVID assistance checks & other TAP assistance. Thank you.

    For Vehicle Tag email whudson@omtribe.org or dkent@omtribe.org or cbible@omtribe.org

    For TAP Assistance or COVID Assistance email tap@omtribe.org


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  • ANNUAL GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING MOVED TO DECEMBER 5

    on November 4, 2020

    POSTPONED--POSTPONED--POSTPONED--POSTPONED
    The Annual General Council Meeting will be postponed to Saturday, December 5, at 10:00 am. Additional details about COVID Protocols for the meeting will be available in the near future from the Tribal Council and Election Board. Thank you for understanding as we navigate this pandemic and associated challenges.




    The Otoe-Missouria Election Board & Tribal Council are excited to announce the 2020 General Council Meeting on November 7, 2020, @ 1:00 P.M. Central Time Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. For those who cannot attend virtually, a “drive-in” style (stay in your car) option is available.
    *To attend virtually, please register using the form https://forms.gle/mSEFv5PQL5jePZjdA by 5:00 P.M. Friday, November 6, 2020 to receive access to the meeting. A Zoom meeting link will be sent at 12:00 P.M on Saturday, November 7, 2020 Central Time to the online registered attendees.

    *For those who cannot attend virtually, a “drive-in” style (stay in your car) option will be held at the Tribal Council Parking Lot in Red Rock, OK.
    We look forward to seeing you soon, stay safe & stay well.

    -Otoe-Missouria Election Board
    eboard@omtribe.org


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  • Zero Tolerance for Verbal Abuse & Threats to Employees

    Michael N. Gawhega on October 15, 2020

    From: Michael N. Gawhega, Otoe-Missouria Executive Director

    To: Employees & Public

    Date: October 14, 2020

    We understand that times are stressful, and we have taken every effort to protect our tribal members and employees in these uncertain times. In addition to many other steps we are taking to protect our employees from the pandemic, we also protect our tribal employees by not allowing them to be verbally abused or threatened. If you choose to be verbally abusive or to make a threat to one of our employees, please know that you will not be served, and your threat will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency. This is a safe workplace. Thank you for your understanding and compliance.



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  • HUD Awards Otoe-Missouria Tribe $386,325 to Support Coronavirus Efforts

    By Otoe-Missouria Public Affairs Office on August 13, 2020

    RED ROCK, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $386,325 to the Otoe-Missouria Tribe recently, to build a COVID-19 Response Center at the Tribal Complex.

    The grant was portion of $2.8 million awarded to Oklahoma tribes across as part of HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat program, which provides funding to help address problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of tribal residents. 

    This funding must specifically be used to help tribes prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. 

    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe will use the $386,325 ICDBG-CARES Act grant funding to build a 2,500 square foot building that will be the tribe's COVID-19 Response Center. The building will house a public health nurse and one additional health department/emergency response staff member. Once completed, the tribe will be able to screen and test tribal members, tribal employees and community members for COVID-19.

    The new building will also house the additional supplies needed to adequately prevent the spread of COVID-19 including industrial cleaning supplies and equipment, diagnostic technology and personal protective equipment.

    “This new facility will help the tribe better prepare and mitigate the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” says Otoe-Missouria Emergency Manager James LeClair. “We won’t have to rely on the availability of outside resources to help us keep our community safe.”

    Before being awarded the grant, the tribe had partnered with the Noble County Health Department and Pawnee Indian Health Services to host several drive thru testing events. 

    In addition to the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Quapaw Tribe were also HUD grant recipients. 


    A health worker screens for COVID-19 during a drive thru testing event at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock earlier this month. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe has hosted several events at the complex to help those who live in rural Oklahoma have access to testing. The tribe was recently awarded a grant to help the tribe establish a COVID-19 Response Center at the tribal complex.







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  • A Message About the Second CARES Act Funding & Tribal Assistance Programs

    By Treasurer Courtney Burgess on June 24, 2020

    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe received $9,029,212.14 on June 15th, 2020, and on June 18th, 2020, the Tribe received an additional $2,851,330.15 from the Department of Treasury CARES Act Fund. Tribal Council understands everyone’s need during these harsh times and agreed to issue a second round of COVID-19 Relief Assistance in the amount of $1,000 per tribal member including minors.

    This assistance will be available to all tribal members through our Tribal Assistance Program. However, you must complete an application to receive the assistance. The assistance will be available starting July 1st through December 30, 2020 (you can only apply once). We are also looking into an electronic application form so that you will be able to apply fast online and receive the assistance sooner. Please watch our social media outlets to keep you updated on this release. You can also apply for the 1st round of COVID-19 Relief Assistance of $100 as well.



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  • U.S. Department of Interior deems approval of gaming compacts for Otoe-Missouria Tribe & Comanche Nation

    on June 8, 2020

    Oklahoma City -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has deemed approval of the two new gaming compacts between the state of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe. This approval means the compacts are legal and, once the compacts are published in the Federal Register, allows the tribes to begin operating under the terms agreed to between the parties in April.

    “Today’s approval of our compact with the state of Oklahoma will allow us to welcome in a new, modern era of tribal gaming to the benefit of both our people and the state of Oklahoma,” said Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton. “This compact will help us further diversify our economy, bring in new revenue for services for our people and will allow us to double down on our community engagement in both our existing rural communities and future expansion opportunities. This compact is what is best for our tribal members and we appreciate the Department of the Interior for approving the compact today.”



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