Welcome to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe

Providing Tribal Members With Information.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is primarily located in the heart of central Oklahoma with approximately 4,343 as of 3-7-18 enrollment record living in all parts of the world. 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".

Thunderbird Casino Announcement

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe and Thunderbird Entertainment want to inform our tribal members, employees and guests that on July 9, the Thunderbird Casino in Norman received confirmation that two employees tested positive for COVID-19.  The employees were on site the evening of July 8; both were properly wearing mandated personal protective equipment (PPE).  The employees are recovering and are currently quarantined at home.  

AST Closure July 10 2020

On Thursday, the Absentee Shawnee Tribe was notified an employee was PROBABLE for COVID-19.  We have not received confirmation at this time; however, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to close the Shawnee complex Thursday (July 9th) and Friday (July 10th).  Our cleaning crews will start a terminal cleaning process tomorrow.  All areas this individual may have visited will be deep cleaned to help prevent the spread of infection. We will keep you updated on this situation. 

Please Continue to follow CDC guidelines

Over the last several days we have watched the COVID-19 numbers grow. Tuesday’s positive cases increased by 858; Wednesday’s positive cases increased by 673.  In an attempt to protect citizens, communities across Oklahoma and some counties within AST boundaries have started to issue the mandatory wearing of masks – including the City of Norman. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines.  We have attached a graphic as a reminder of some precautions you can take to protect you and your family. 

Happy 4th of July

Tribal members, COVID-19 case numbers are on the rise. As we are heading into a holiday weekend, I would like to remind you to continue to take precautions and follow CDC guidelines. Please continue to wear a mask when you can. Also, take a look at this article published by the CDC on how to help slow the spread of the virus.

AST will remain in Phase II until further notice.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation. For the safety of our members and employees, we have decided to remain in Phase II until further notice. Restrictions remaining in place are as follows:  
  • Continued mandatory temperature/symptom checkpoint upon entry into the complex
  • Shawnee Complex will be open to tribal members by appointment only.


Due to the rise of Covid cases and out of abundance of safety for our ICW children and staff, the ICW department will be available by appointment only, effective Thursday,  June 25, 2020. Temperatures will be taken upon entry and masks will be issued as needed. The ICW staff can be reached by phone, 405-395-4490, Monday-Friday; 8am -5pm.
Thank you for your cooperation. 


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