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 4,629 members who live in all parts of the world as of December 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”
Latest Announcements & Upcoming Events

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Thunderbird Casino Anniversary Celebration


Storm Damage Assistance Deadline


Drive Through Distribution Event


Drive Through Voucher Pick Up


Memorial Day Closure


FEMA Assistance Application

FEMA Assistance applications are now available for those affected by the tornado. Oklahoma homeowners and renters in McClain and Pottawatomie counties who sustained damage from the recent severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes from April 19-20 could be eligible for help from FEMA. The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting disasterassistance.gov. If it is not possible to apply online, call 800.621.3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. When you apply for assistance, have this information readily available: A current phone number where you can be contacted Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying Your Social Security number, if available A general list of damage and losses If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to cleanup and repair. Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs to assist families. To apply click here, https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Thunderbird Casino Anniversary Celebration

Thunderbird Casino Anniversary Celebration Free and open to the public! Friday June 30 Social Stomp Dance Thunderbird Casino Powwow Ground, Grand Entry 7 pm, Stomp Dance 10:30 pm Adult exhibition, all dancegrounds invited Four $1,000 winner takes all contests! Each contest has seven $100 consolation to be paid out. Men's Fancy, Traditional, Ladies Fancy Shawl, Cloth/Buckskin Tiny Tots 0-6 years no registration Juniors Ages 7-12 -  $150, $100, $50 (boys combined, girls combined) Teens 13-17 - $200, $150, $100  Boys - Grass/Fancy, Traditional/Straight  Girls - Cloth.Buckskin, Fancy Shawl/Jingle Golden Age 56+ - $600, $400, $200, Men's Combined, Ladies Combined Saturday July 1 Registration opens at 2:30 pm, closes at Grand Entry Gourd Dance 2 pm Supper Break 5 pm Inflatables 5:30 pm - 9 pm Gourd Dance resumes 6 pm Grand Entry 7:30 pm Dancers must dance Grand Entry on the night of their contest. All dancers must register & display a number. Adult Categories - $600, $400, $200 Men's Straight, Traditional, Fancy, Grass Ladies Cloth, Buckskin, Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress Senior Adults 46-55 - $600, $400, $200 Men's Straight Traditional, Fancy, Grass Ladies Cloth, Buckskin, Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress Fireworks show 10:30 pm Sunday July 2 FREE John Anderson OUTDOOR CONCERT Gates 5pm Inflatables 5:30-9:30 pm Free watermelon feed 6 pm Gary Gibson 6:30 pm John Anderson Unplugged 8:30 pm Fireworks show 10:30 pm Monday July 3 FREE BELLAMY BROTHERS OUTDOOR CONCERT Gates 5 pm Inflatables 5:30-9:30 pm Free watermelon feed 6 pm Levi Walker 6:30 pm Bellamy Brothers 8:30 pm Fireworks show 10:30 pm Powwow Head Staff Arena Director - Randy Frazier MC - Mark Bolin Head Singer - Mike Kihega Head Gourd Dancer- Jason Bender Head Man - Dillon Moore Head Lady -Hanna Pratt Color Guard-  Absentee Shawnee Veterans Council Co-Hosts - Tinker Intertribal, Oklahoma Indian Bikers & 3G Cultural Club Stomp Dance Coordinator - Scott Miller Powwow Coordinator - Leah Bender-Bates Three Fireworks Shows all at 10:30 pm! July 1, 2 & 3

Storm Damage Assistance Deadline

If you were heavily impacted or displaced by the storms on April 19th and have not signed up for Individual Assistance through FEMA you may still do so online or by phone at the sources below by June 23rd.           Phone: 800.621.3362           Online: www.DisasterAssistance.gov You can also meet face to face with specialists from FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and state and local agencies to have questions about disaster assistance answered. They may also upload any documents needed for their applications at the DRC.           Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) |Pottawatomie County (Shawnee)           Address: 130 N Louisa Ave. Shawnee, OK 74801 Hours: Sunday and Monday Closed Tuesday thru Saturday   10am – 7pm

Drive Through Distribution Event

Feed the Children, Absentee Shawnee Tribe & Citizen Potawatomi Nation are partnering to feed and assist families in need. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food, a 15-pound box of essentials and additional items. ONE PER HOUSEHOLD MUST PRESENT VOUCHER TO RECEIVE BOXES June 1, 2023 11 am - 1 pm CPN Festival Grounds, 18145 Old Rangeline Road, Shawnee, OK For more information, please call 405.275.4030 x6275 or email secretary@astribe.com    

Fruit Production Class

AST Agriculture Department presents Fruit Production with OSU Extension Horticulturist Carla Smith and Becky Carroll, Associate Extension Specialist, Fruit and Pecan on May 12 2023 from10 am to 12 pm.
AST Multi-Purpose Building, 2029 S Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK
For questions, contact Gabby Rice, 405.827.6545.
PLEASE NOTE: For those who can't attend, classes are being recorded and will be posted online.

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 Thursday, May 18 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Alicia Miller, Tribal Secretary
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Dated this 2nd day of May 2023.

AST Kiddy 500 Box Car Race Schedule

Tomorrow's Kiddy 500 Box Car Race is from 11 am - 1 pm at the AST Complex, 2025 S Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK.
Age Group Race Time
2's and 3's     11:15 AM
4's and 5's     11:35 AM
6, 7, and 8's   11:55 AM
9 and UP        12:15 AM

AT 11:00 AM    

Tribal Youth & Family Engagement

Tribal Youth and Family Engagement
A free training hosted by the AST Tribal Court and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Youth and family engagement is essential to create strong connections in our family serving programs. Join us as we discuss promising approaches in cultural youth and family engagement with  Erin Thin Elk, MSW (Sicangu Lakota). This training is free and open to all AST staff, partners, and interested community members. For more info contact

Disaster Relief Information

United Way of Pottawatomie County has compiled a list of helpful disaster relief resources. To view the list click here, https://www.unitedwaypottco.org/disaster-relief/


The Executive Committee for the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has declared a “STATE OF EMERGENCY” effective as of 10:00 am on April 20, 2023. If you have an issue or need emergency assistance, please contact the AST Tribal Emergency Management Department at 405.481.8564 if you have an urgent need or seek assistance. This State of Emergency is effective for Shawnee, Little Axe and other communities within the Absentee Shawnee of Oklahoma Tribal area for Absentee Shawnee Tribal members only.

Wills Clinic

Wills Clinic presented by
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Realty/Probate Department & Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Tuesday June 20, 2023 9am - 2 pm at the Multi-Purpose Building, 2029 James L Edwards Lane, Shawnee, OK
Please bring the following-
Driver's license, tribal or state issued ID
Full names and dates of birth of your children and grandchildren
Any paperwork regarding your Indian land


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