July 13, 2020
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Pawnee Indian Health Center and the Noble County Health Department will host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, July 17th, at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock.
Testing will be from 7 AM to 11 AM, or while supplies last. Testing will be available to anyone who wishes to be tested, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms.
Pawnee Indian Health Center will provide testing to qualified Indian Health Service beneficiaries. Testing will be available to those who can present a CDIB and will be limited to one member of each household.
Noble County Health Department will provide testing to anyone who wishes to be tested.
If you are Native American, you may choose to be tested by either provider.
This testing is for possible active cases of COVID-19. This is not antibody testing to determine if you already had the infection and have recovered.
For the drive-thru testing, please enter Alene Adams Way located on the west side of the 7 Clans Red Rock Casino parking lot. Please remain in your vehicle at all times. You will be instructed where to go from that point.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is located at 8151 HWY 177, Red Rock, OK 74651.
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July 9, 2020
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.
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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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June 24, 2020
COVID – 19 RELIEF ASSISTANCE: The Otoe-Missouria Tribe Declared an Emergency Proclamation on March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in response to the United States Presidential Declaration of National Emergency on March 13, 2020. The COVID-19 relief assistance to all tribal members who are experiencing a financial setback that have been impacted by the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. This assistance will help with rent, mortgage, auto loan/lease, utilities (rent, water, heat), food, hygiene products, diapers, gas, daycare service and any other emergency purchases. Requests must be submitted on the appropriate form with all information filled out by the applicant or his/her legal guardian. Legal guardian must be listed on the custodial affidavit form with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Enrollment Department. MORE INFO https://www.omtribe.org/what-we-do-financial-assistance-categories-of-tap-assistance-covid19-relief
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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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