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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July 22, 2020
Red Rock, Okla. (July 21, 2020) - Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton issued the following statement in response to today’s Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling.
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to invalidate our compact when state and federal law dictates that our compact is legal. We have said all along we do not plan to offer house-banked card and table games and event wagering until they are authorized by state law. Indeed, this condition was part of the compact, and it was unfortunately overlooked by the Court. We will continue to operate under the remaining terms of our compact pursuant to the severability clause of the compact, and we will refrain from operating any game that is not authorized under state law.”
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July 15, 2020
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe hosted a breakfast last Thursday with Gov. Stitt, our Tribal Council and local elected officials to celebrate the approval of our new gaming compact with the state and to discuss the continued need to work together for the interests of our people, local communities and the state.
The invite list was limited, masks were encouraged (though briefly removed during a group photograph) and all attendees were sat in a socially-distanced way during breakfast in accordance with CDC guidelines. We take the recommendations of the CDC in regards to the prevention of COVID-19 very seriously and will continue to follow its guidelines.
GOVERNOR VISITS RED ROCK; DISCUSSES GAMING COMPACT WITH TRIBAL COUNCIL, LOCAL LEGISLATORS
Tribe prepares to move forward with next phase of development in three Oklahoma counties
Red Rock, Okla. (July 9, 2020) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Red Rock, Okla. today, where he met with members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and local legislators to discuss the tribe’s new gaming compact. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the compact in the Federal Register, meaning the various aspects of the agreement immediately went into effect.
“It is critical we all work together - state, local and tribal leaders - to build a brighter future for Oklahoma. These new tribal compacts, both the ones approved by the U.S. Department of Interior and the ones to come, will mean economic development for all of Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “Our state is well positioned to work hand-in-hand with tribal leaders to grow and diversify our economy to benefit education, jobs, health care, roads, bridges and other important state priorities. To really become a top 10 state, we have to all work together and level the business playing field to ensure equity for all tribes of Oklahoma.”
The tribe’s new gaming compact with the state gives the Otoe-Missouria Tribe the opportunity to build new, state-of-the-art entertainment centers and expand its geographic footprint into three additional Oklahoma counties. Furthermore, the agreement removes restrictions on house-banked table and card games and brings the possibility of event wagering and sports betting to Oklahoma.
“I want to thank the governor for coming to Red Rock today and our local and state elected officials for their support,” said Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton. “We look forward to partnering with them as we seek to modernize gaming in Oklahoma. We are one of the largest employers in both Kay County and Noble County because our Tribal Council has turned our gaming revenue into long-term investments in sustainable industries, including agriculture, hospitality and financial services. We look forward to expanding our operations in Noble County and expanding into Logan and Payne counties with the next phase of development, which will help diversify local economies and bring much-needed development to rural Oklahoma.”
In addition to Chairman Shotton and Gov. Stitt, attendees included: Secretary of State Michael Rogers, Sen. Bill Coleman, Sen. Chuck Hall, Rep. John Pfeiffer, Rep. Ken Luttrell, Perry City Manager Larry Pannell and members of the Otoe Missouria Tribal Council. *MASKS WERE REMOVED BRIEFLY TO TAKE A GROUP PHOTO
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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 Nationon
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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June 4, 2020
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe has been in consultation regarding the CARES Act with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Treasury as well as the Native American Financial Officer Association (NAFOA), National Indian Health Board (NIHB), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and Native American Contractors Association (NACA). Below is a timeline of consultations in which the tribe participated.
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January 1, 2020
The Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council decided it was best not to renew the AirMedCare flight insurance and put the funds instead toward the Tribal Assistance Health Benefit program.
This change is necessary to maintain the Health Benefit assistance program at a similar level in the new year. Since changing the Health Benefit program to a benefit card from a reimbursement program, more tribal members have taken advantage of the program.
The Tribal Assistance Program was created to help tribal members when all other resources have been exhausted. The Health Benefit card was provided to give you, the tribal member, for ease of accessibility to direct assistance for such services when needed.
Although the cards have always been preloaded for our tribal members with the amount of assistance offered, the tribe only pays what is being used. In other words, if someone decides not to use the Health Benefit Card, then the tribe does not lose money at the end of the year because someone did not use the benefit. Those funds remain in the tribe’s Health Benefit Card budget.
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