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”
Latest Announcements & Upcoming Events

Most Recent

Absentee Shawnee Transportation Safety Survey


July 4th Closure


Noon Closure - July 1, 2022


Special Executive Committee Meeting


Juneteenth Closure


2022 ARPA Summer Assistance Program

On behalf of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Executive Committee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has established an 2022 Summer General Welfare Assistance The 2022 ARPA Summer Assistance Program will be for enrolled Absentee Shawnee tribal members. All AST tribal members ages 18 and older, who are on the roll as of June 1st, 2021, are eligible to receive a one (1) time payment of $1,500. Summer Assistance Program Application Acceptance: Monday, June 6th, 2022 In- Person Elder (55+) Application Assistance: Friday, June 10th, 2022 @MPB from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Check mail-outs begin: Friday, July 8th, 2022 Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM CST.  Questions, 405.481.8625, arpahelp@astribe.com. To apply online, click here: Online Electronic Form

Absentee Shawnee Transportation Safety Survey

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe (AST) is in the process of developing a transportation safety plan and is requesting information from the tribal community. You can contribute to the development of this transportation safety plan by completing this survey. This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will help identify where transportation safety improvements are needed most. Thank you for your participation. Click here to start the survey,  https://link.zixcentral.com/u/697f06f1/_sMffBT47BGSC9v-hnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Flp.constantcontactpages.com%2Fsv%2F2aUe765%2FASTtransportationsafety

July 4th Closure

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day.

Noon Closure - July 1, 2022

CLOSURE NOTICE - The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will close at 12 pm Friday, July 1, 2022 for the AST Employee Appreciation Event.

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

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:
ASHA Housing
Cultural Advisory Council
Foster Care Licensing Committee
Gaming Commission
Tax Commission
Please Submit Your Letters Of Interest With Resume Attached To:

Tribal Secretary
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, 0K 74801

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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