Hi ho   ne ho wa se   we ki ni
(Hello my good friend.)
"Procession Before War Dance", Ernest Spybuck    Credit: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (02/5735).
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is primarily located in the heart of central Oklahoma with approximately 4,576 members who live in all parts of the world as of January 2022. Our tribal government complex is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Our logo features Tecumseh, a Shawnee warrior and visionary leader, who worked to unite tribes in a common homeland where Indians could live under their own laws and leaders. He died in October 1813, in battle near the area of present day Thamesville, in Toronto, Canada. The LI-SI-WI-NWI in our logo means “Among the Shawnee”
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Special Executive Committee Meeting

Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE

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Thurman "Duke" Blanchard

Obituary

Regular Executive Committee Meeting

Meeting

Volunteer Assistance Requested

Announcement

Special Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, in accordance with the Constitution, Article XVI, Section 4, "Executive Committee Meetings" hereby calls and declares public notice that the SPECIAL meeting of the Executive Committee of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th , 2022   at  10:00 AM  at the  Absentee  Shawnee  Tribal  Complex  in Shawnee, Oklahoma.            Dated this 19th  day of May 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE Cultural Preservation – THPO Program is seeking Absentee Shawnee Tribal Members who attended boarding school. Please contact Carol Butler at 405.275.4030 ext. 6245 or cbutler@astribe.com for more details.

Thurman "Duke" Blanchard

Little Axe resident Thurman “Duke” Blanchard, 71, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Little Axe.  Thurman was born February 6, 1951, in Little Axe, Oklahoma to Lewis and Cynthia (Creek) Blanchard.  He was a lifetime resident of Little Axe, Oklahoma and was a member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He graduated from Noble High School and started his career with Oklahoma Natural Gas, retiring in 2006.  He married Fredith Butler on June 2, 1972, in Little Axe, Oklahoma.  He started as a pipeline welder with Oklahoma Natural Gas in Norman, Oklahoma. Later in his career, he worked in supervision, overseeing job site crews in the Oklahoma City area. He was proud to live and be involved in the Shawnee Tribal Ceremonies. In the early years, he loved to play fastpitch softball, traveling many miles to play various tournaments. His hobbies included working with old antiques and raising Dexter cows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports, especially when it involved his grandkids.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Sue Ann Blanchard; and a brother, Kenneth Blanchard.  Survivors include his wife, Fredith Blanchard of Little Axe; son and daughter-in-law,  Eric and Jessica Blanchard of Norman; son, Craig Blanchard of Little Axe; five grandchildren, Caden Blanchard, Cache Blanchard, Mya Blanchard, Chael Blanchard, and Cecily Blanchard; brother, George Blanchard and Kathleen of Miami, Oklahoma; brother, Chester Blanchard and Kathy of Noble, Oklahoma; sister, Cleta Johnson and Bud of Little Axe, Oklahoma; sister, Redena Miller and Glen of Norman, Oklahoma; sister, Glendine Blanchard of Little Axe, Oklahoma; sister, Betty Isaacs and John of Noble, Oklahoma; brother, Kevin Blanchard and Arlene of Lexington, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends. 

Volunteer Assistance Requested

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe Department of Public Safety has been diligent in the response to the severe weather impacts. Now that initial damage assessments have ended and response plans are in place, we are looking to coordinate with willing AST volunteers to assist in recovery efforts. Seminole County and the City of Seminole will be our primary location for providing our assistance. If you are interested in volunteering your time and efforts to assist our neighboring communities, please reach out to the following forms of contact: - ASTEM@astribe.com - 405.740.1502 [if you do not receive an answer immediately, please leave a voicemail so we may call you back] The information we will require will be your: o Name o Contact Number o Capabilities (What efforts you wish to provide assistance with) We will be collecting contact information for volunteers over the weekend and will formulate an action plan based on the strengths and capabilities of the volunteers we receive. ASTEM will be in communication with Seminole County Emergency Management, City of Seminole Emergency Management, FEMA, and the American Red Cross to receive updates on types of assistance needed. Expect follow up calls about your volunteer inquiries early next week, as the current work force in the Seminole area will greatly appreciate relief in the form of fresh bodies and minds. At the moment we have been informed that debris collection and removal is of high priority and will gladly accept those who would be willing to assist with those efforts. We look forward to coordinating our efforts with you in assisting our communities!

Good Friday Closure

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be CLOSED Friday April 15, 2022
for Good Friday

General Council Reminder

88th Semi-Annual General Council Meeting
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Thunderbird Event Center, Norman, OK
Light breakfast served
$10 slot free play for AST members
FREE promotional items/bags
Elders Council raffle tickets - 50/50 pot & $139 Omaha Steak gift card
AST Public Health will be administering COVD-19 shots
before the meeting in the Warrior Room from 9-10 AM
Masks REQUIRED to attend meeting

Starter Plant Distribution Event

Absentee Shawnee Tribe
Agriculture Department
Starter Plant Distribution Event
April 18-22, 2022
9 AM - 4 PM
40210 Benson Park Road, Tecumseh, OK
For AST Members ONLY
First come first served
Limited Supply
Must pick up in person
4 plants per person - tomato, pepper, yellow squash, cucumber & zucchini
For more information contact:
Andy Warrior 405.432.6257
andreww@astribe.com
or
Craig Blanchard 405.434.4300
CraigB@astribe.com

Intertribal Youth Advisory Board Meeting

Hosted by Native Connections & SASP Grants
Intertribal Youth Advisory Board Meeting
A way for  YOUR voice to be heard in your community!
Attend our next meeting on 
Friday, April 8 from 4-5 PM via GOTOMEETING
Chances to win prizes through virtual games & drawings.
 Open to native youth ages 12-24

Regular Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, in accordance with the Constitution, Article XVI, Section 3, “Executive Committee Meetings” here by calls and declares public notice that the REGULAR meeting of the Executive Committee of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 10:00 AM. at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Alicia Miller, Tribal Secretary
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Dated this 5th day of April, 2022

AST After School Program Now Hiring

The AST After School Program in Shawnee, OK is looking for part-time tutors to help school age children with homework and after school activities.
OPEN POSITIONS
ASP Driver (2)
ASP Tutor (3)
APPLY NOW! www.astribe.com
Questions?
Phone - 405.445.6000
Fax - 405.878.0156
Email - ASTChildCare@astribe.com

Everbridge Emergency Alert Information

Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With Everbridge Emergency Alerts, messages can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service.
Everbridge Emergency Alerts will look like a text message. The messages will typically show:
  • the type and time of the alert
  • any action you should take
  • the agency issuing the alert.

Library Planning Meeting

Library Planning Meeting
All ages needed. 
Please join us in discussing the future of our library.
We will be talking about services offered, unmet needs and future events hosted by the library.
Tell us what you would like to see from our tribal library!
Please contact us by April 18, 2022
Contact the Librarian Casey Wilson for more information, cwilson@astribe.com or 405.275.4030 x6416

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