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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Thurman "Duke" Blanchard

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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!

Yarn Belt Workshop

Come make a yarn belt with us!
April 8, 2022
AST Multipurpose Room
2029 James L Edwards Lane
Shawnee, OK 74801
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Reserve your spot by calling 405.275.4030 x6238
Hosted by the Cultural Preservation Department

Gardening 101 Seminar presented by the Ag Dept.

AST Agriculture Department presents
Gardening 101 with Carla Smith, OSU Extension Horticulturist
April 8, 2022, 10 am - 12 pm
Multi-Purpose Building,
2029 James L Edwards Lane
Shawnee, OK

Tribal Historic Preservation Board

Tribal Historic Preservation Board (THPB)
Five (5) knowledgeable Tribal members whose insight & education will contribute to the work of THPO STAFF on SECTION-106-RELATED TOPICS, as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act, through meaningful dialogue at board meetings. Honorariums issued to active THPB members.
Send your letter of interest & resume to:
Tribal Secretary
2025 S Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801
secretary@astribe.com

Ribbon Skirt Class

AST Library is hosting
Ribbon Skirt Class
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Little Axe Community Center
Contact AST Cultural Preservation to sign up or with any questions at 405.275.4030

Tribal Store Closure

Please note that the Tribal store (Thunderbird Express) will be closed Sunday, March 13th due to construction. The store will reopen Monday morning for normal business hours.

Open Board Vacancies

Absentee Shawnee Tribal Members, If You Are Interested In Serving On One Of The Following Boards Commissions, Committees Or Councils:
ASEDA
ASHA Housing
Cultural Advisory Council
Foster Care Licensing Committee
Gaming Commission
Health
Tax Commission
TEC
 
Please Submit Your Letters Of Interest With Resume Attached To:

Tribal Secretary
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, 0K 74801
secretary@astribe.com

Egg My Yard Event

1st Annual Absentee Shawnee Tribe ICW
Egg My Yard!
Surprise the kiddos Easter morning with a yard full of eggs!
Candy stuffed eggs will be scattered throughout the front yard with a note from the Easter Bunny!
30 Eggs $25
50 Eggs $35
70 Eggs $45
Limited spots available in Shawnee, Little Axe, McLoud, Newalla & Tecumseh
To purchase your delivery or to sponsor a family, complete & return the Egg My Yard Form with payment to

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