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ABSENTEE SHAWNEE TRIBE Lady’s Ribbon Skirt Contest for Native American Heritage Month AST members only Adult Category (18 & up) Youth Category (17 & under) 1 entry per submission Send brief description of skirt submission along with contact phone number Send photo entry and information to: secretary@astribe.com Entries due Friday, October 28th by 5:00 P.M. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 18th.
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Date:  September 28, 2022 Hearing Date:  October 18, 2022 at 6:00pm Location:  AST Health Multipurpose Building, 2029 James L. Edwards Lane, Shawnee, OK 74801 Purpose:  The purpose of this public hearing is to allow public comments relating to the draft AST 102-477 plan.  The final Plan will be submitted to the P.L. 102-477 for the approval of the plan to be used for the plan period 1/1/2023-12/31/2025.  The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to give feedback on the draft plan and this input will be considered when completing the final AST 102-477 Plan.  Items of interest to be discussed will include the following: Employment, Education and Training Services Enhance the Quality of Child Care If anyone who wishes to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, they may do so by sending a letter to the AST CCDF Programs address or email astchildcare@astribe.com.  Copies of the draft AST 102-477 Plan can be requested prior to the hearing from ASTChildCare@astribe.com or by calling 405.275.4030. This notice will be posted at the following locations and resources: Absentee Shawnee Building Blocks CDC- Shawnee, OK Absentee Shawnee Building Blocks CDC- Little Axe, OK Absentee Shawnee Tribal Complex Building #1 Reception Area, Shawnee, OK Absentee Shawnee Tribe Health Clinic, Shawnee and Norman, OK   Absentee Shawnee Tribe Shawnee After School Program- Shawnee, OK Absentee Shawnee Tribe Website- www.astribe.com           For further information about this notice or the AST 102-477 Plan, please contact Briana Ponkilla, CCDF Coordinator, Briana.ponkilla@astribe.com or Twyla Blanchard, Self-Governance Director, twylab@astribe.com or 405.275.4030.
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  Angel Tree Program The Indian Child Welfare Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts to Absentee Shawnee children and elders. The program is designed to support AST foster children, children in legal guardianship, low income families and Elders 60 years and older. Once an angel has been registered and accepted their Christmas wish list is placed on ICW’s Christmas tree for donors to purchase gifts. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their Christmas tree. Angel Tree Participant Requirements:  Must be an enrolled Absentee Shawnee Tribal Member or enrolled with a Federal Recognized Tribe  Must be 0-17 years old or an Elder 60 years and older  Must live within Cleveland, Pottawatomie, and Oklahoma counties  Must not exceed the income requirements: Household Size   Net Monthly Income Limit   Household Size   Net Monthly Income Limit 1                                  $1,064                                5                           $2,557 2                                  $1,437                                6                           $2,930 3                                  $1,810                                7                           $3,304 4                                  $2,184                                8                           $3,677 In order to expedite your visit you can Download the form here and print a paper copy. Application deadline 11:00 PM, Friday, October 14, 2022 3 ways to apply: Online – www.astribe.com In-Person – 105 N. Kimberly, Shawnee, OK Email – ICW@astribe.com For more information contact Indian Child Welfare at 405.395.4490
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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday, September 5, 2022 in observance of Labor Day.
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AST Workforce Development & Career Initiative  Pilot Program Now accepting applicants! MUST be an AST member to apply! *limited spots available* Three-year program including training with Moore Norman Technology Center or Gordon Cooper Technology Center For more information & application: Connor Edwards, Workforce  Project Coordinator Phone - 405.275.4030 ext 6439 connore@astribe.com
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INDIGENOUS YOUTH  CAREER ENGAGEMENT Informational Webinar & Discussion Join us for a virtual introduction to USDA Land Management Careers SEPTEMBER 14–15, 2022 1130 ET – 1700 ET AUDIENCE: Native American college students  Tribal & Non-Tribal College Advisors & Faculty Staff  Tribal Organization Program Managers Learn to Navigate the Opportunities!
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The AST After School Program is hiring van drivers. The positions are part-time when school is in session. Click here to apply, https://www.astribe.com/employment
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School supply assistance Eligibility AST tribal members K-8th grade, ages 5-12 years Live in Oklahoma, Cleveland & McClain counties Children attending school districts in these counties that are not serviced by AST JOM are eligible AST tribal members who utilize CCDF Child Care Assistance are automatically eligible. Non-CCDF children must complete an application, provide copy of CDIB card & school enrollment verification. Contact AST CCDF School Age Children : please email child & parent's names & copy of school supply list to ASTCHILDCARE@astribe.com Non-CCDF Eligible School Age Children - request application by emailing, AST CHILDCARE@astribe.com or call 405.445.6000 Applications call also be picked by at AST Building Blocks locations. Return applications and supporting documents to the email address above. AST CCDF Program will coordinate with families regarding distrubution of school supplies.
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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday August 8, 2022 in observance of AST Day.  
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Today, July 5, 2022, the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program is accepting applications again!!! Please complete the qualifier section to determine program eligibility (before proceeding to the full application). Please read all provided information, if you have additional questions, please call 405.275.4030 ext 6446 or 6440 or email HAF@astribe.com To start the qualifier section, click here, https://www.astribe.com/forms/Homeowners-Assistance-Fund-Program
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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
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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day.
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CLOSURE NOTICE - The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will close at 12 pm Friday, July 1, 2022 for the AST Employee Appreciation Event.
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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday, June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth Day.
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Tribal Organizational Assessment Information Form for Interviews You are invited to participate in an interview as part of a Tribal Organizational Assessment requested by your tribal child welfare program. This interview will take the form of a conversation between yourself and a staff person from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. The Tribal Organizational Assessment The Tribal Organizational Assessment is an in-depth review of the tribal child welfare program.  The assessment looks closely at the program’s operations and staffing, its partnerships with other programs and community agencies, and its relationship with the tribal community. The assessment seeks to identify the tribal child welfare program’s strengths and areas for improvement. The Tribal Organizational Assessment is built upon a foundation of interviews with individuals who have knowledge of the tribal child welfare program, or who have ideas about the needs of children, families, and the tribal community. Your interview will contribute important information for the assessment. Your Participation Staff from the tribal child welfare program value your opinion and want us to ask you how the program is doing. We will keep our conversation to 1-1.5 hours. You can choose not to answer any question asked and can stop the conversation at any time. How We Use Your Feedback We’ll take your feedback and combine it with feedback from other community members into the Tribal Organizational Assessment report. The report provides a summary of program strengths and challenges and will make recommendations for managing and improving the program. Capacity Building Center for Tribes staff will return to the tribal community after completing the report to present and discuss findings of the assessment. Thank You We know your time is valuable, and we thank you for your participation. If you have any questions at all about the assessment, please feel free to contact the Capacity Building Center for Tribes’ Evaluation Manager: Salvador Armendariz at Salvador.Armendariz@du.edu. Click here to take the survey,  https://link.zixcentral.com/u/1c6cc7fc/uIZ3Dofj7BG6LAEah3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fudenver.qualtrics.com%2Fjfe%2Fform%2FSV_6g7RFEIfXeI7I
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Thunderbird Casino Anniversary Celebration Free and open to the public! All tribal princesses are invited! Family event for all ages! Alcohol & substance free event! Thursday June 30 FREE Bellamy Brothers Outdoor Concert Show 8:30 pm, bring chairs, all ages, free admission Fireworks show following the concert Friday July 1 Social Stomp Dance Thunderbird Casino Powwow Ground ,Light meal 7:30 pm, Kids Dance 8:30-9pm, Stomp Dance 9 pm Adult exhibition, all dancegrounds invited Saturday July 2 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 Sunday July 3 Due to the extreme heat, Gourd Dance will start at 4:30 pm.  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 Powwow Head Staff Arena Director - Randy Frazier MC - Eastman Switch Head Singer - Mike Kihega Head Gourd Dance - Robert Tabor Head Man - Wolf Leitka Head Lady - Alexis Edwards Color Guard-  Absentee Shawnee Veterans Council Host Northern Drum - Ocese Band Co-Hosts - Tinker Intertribal & Oklahoma Indian Bikers Stomp Dance Coordinator - Scott Miller Powwow Coordinator - Leah Bender-Bates Saturday & Sunday Schedule Registration opens at 2:30 pm, closes at Grand Entry Gourd Dance 3 pm Supper Break 5-6 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. Two Fireworks shows both at 10pm Thursday June 30 & Sunday July 3 Free kids inflatables on both Sat & Sun 5-10 pm, both days Saturday 9 pm -12:30 am Cecil Gray & Native Blues Band in the 777's Bar. Must be 21+ years Sunday at 8:30 pm FREE watermelon feed.
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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
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PLEASE fill out EACH BLANK completely and return by the Deadline. ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST I, ______________________________________, hereby certify that I am or will be an Eligible (Print Name) Voter of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe on or before June 18, 2022  I cannot physically be present to cast my Vote at the  June 18, 2022  Annual Election, therefore, I am requesting an Absentee Ballot be mailed to me at the following address. Name (please print): ___________________________________________________________     (first)            (middle)            (maiden)                                                                (last) Address:____________________________ City: _______________St: _______Zip:________ CDIB#:______________________________       Date of Birth: ______________________ Signature: ____________________________           Date:______________________________      All REQUESTS must be returned to the Election Commission by the deadline date of May 29, 2022 Mail to: Absentee Shawnee Election Commission P.O. Box 741 Tecumseh, OK  74873 Fax to: Fax # 405.273.1337 (Do not fax to any other fax #)                                                     Phone: 405.275.4030 ext. 6271                                                 Toll free number 800.256.3341 ext. 6271 Deliver in Person to:                         Election Commission Office located in the Tribal Court Building              All eligible voters are entitled to vote either at the Polls or by Absentee Ballot. This form may be duplicated for your convenience. ______________________________________________________________________________          ELECTION COMMISSION USE ONLY Received: _____________________ Approved:____________________ Disapproved: _______________ If Disapproved (reason): _________________________________________________________________ Denial Letter Mailed:___________________________ Ballot Mailed:_____________________________ _______________________________________                                       Election Commission/Representative                
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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.
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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.

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