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    

AST WIA Summer Youth Program

AST WIA Summer Youth Program
8 week program starting June 5th 2023
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
  • On the job training
  • How to do a resume
  • Interview skills
  • Filling out applications
  • Customer Service

Applications will be accepted starting April 17th and ending May 5th (no exceptions)
Application must be turned in, in-person
Must be 14 years old or older

Fentanyl Awareness Class

Fentanyl Awareness Class
Tuesday April 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Open to everyone
Brendle Corner Community Building, 19200 E Robinson Street, Norman, OK (corner of Harrah Road/192nd & Hwy 9)

Thunderbird Casino Annual Vintage Car Show

Thunderbird Casino Annual Vintage Car Show on Sunday, April 16, 2023
Registration from 9 am - 1 pm and judging from 1-3 pm

Fashion Show Postponed

The event has been postponed due to additional planning. Please watch for an updated event schedule.

Temporary Tax Commission Closure

Due to unforseen circumstances, the AST Tax Commission will be open from 8 am to 1 pm daily until further notice. If you have an appointment scheduled, please call 405.481.8600 to confirm and/or update your time within this temporary schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to continuing to provide service to our tribal members and customers. Thank you!

Starter Plant Distribution

AST Agriculture Department
Tribal members join us for our 2nd Annual Starter Plant Distribution!
April 17-21 2023
April 17 & 18 9 am - 6:30 pm
April 19 - 21 9 am - 5 pm
(while supplies last)
43406 Benson Park Road, Shawnee, OK
 For questions, call 405.827.6545

AST Ag Hog Feast & Open House

Join us for an open house and hog feast at the AST Farm House.
April 15, 2023 from 12-4 pm
AST Farm House, 43406 Benson Park, Shawnee, OK 74801
For questions, call 405.827.6545

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 Monday, April 17 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Alicia Miller, Tribal Secretary
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Dated this 4th day of April 2023.


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