PLEASE NOTE THE FAMILY SERVICES OFFICE HAS MOVED TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX. THE MAILING AND PHYSICAL ADDRESS IS NOW: 8 TURTLE DRIVE, WYANDOTTE, OK 74370
Tribal Operations & Family Services
Tribal Enrollment (Membership)
Criteria for Membership: By the Constitution Ratified Sept. 29, 1999:
MEMBERSHIP OF THE NATION
SECTION 1. Membership
The following persons shall be eligible for membership in the Wyandotte Nation: PROVIDED, That such persons are United States citizens and not enrolled members of any other federally recognized tribe, nation, band, group or, community. (a) All persons whose names appear on the official Census Roll of the Nation as of January 1, 1937; (b) All issue by blood of a Wyandotte Nation tribal member listed in Section I(a), of this Article; and (c) The degree of blood quantum of an individual proven to possess Wyandotte blood will not be a factor in determining Wyandotte membership.
SECTION 2. Membership by Council Vote
A person of Wyandotte Nation ancestry who does not meet the requirements of Section 1 of this Article may be accepted for membership by a majority vote of the Nation Council.
SECTION 3. Voluntarily Withdrawing Membership
Any adult member voluntarily withdrawing his or her membership from the Wyandotte Nation does so forever. For purposes of this Section, voluntarily withdrawing membership shall include persons who lose their United States citizenship or who enroll in any other federally recognized tribe, nation, band, group or community after becoming a member of the Nation.
SECTION 4. Rules Governing Membership
The Board of Directors will enact rules governing voluntary withdrawal of membership, termination of membership, the membership application process, provisions for appeal of denial of membership and adoptions.
SECTION 5. Council Decision on Membership
The Board of Directors shall provide in the rules governing membership that the Nation’s Council shall make final decision on the Nation’s membership. The decision of the Nation’s Council shall be final. There shall be no appeals.
Membership Application Process:
New members are added one time a year during the Wyandotte Nation Annual Meeting. Completed applications must be received in the Enrollment office by August 15th of each year in order to be considered for enrollment at the Annual Meeting, which is held the 2nd Saturday of each September.
1. Contact the Wyandotte Nation Family Services Department for an application.
2. The membership application must be completed and returned to this office with an ORIGINAL State Certified Birth Certificate. For applicants who cannot trace his/her ancestry to the 1937 base roll, proof of ancestry lies with the prospective enrollee. All membership applicants are subject to review by the Enrollment Committee.
Membership Record Updates:
1. To report a name change: Send a copy of your marriage license, divorce decree or a court order changing name and the replacement card application (#4 below).
2. To report an address change: Submit your request in written form, via postal service, email or fax statement by tribal member.
3. To report a death: Acceptable documents: death certificates, obituary or memorials.
4. REPLACEMENT CARD REQUEST
Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card:
What is a CDIB card? A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood certified that an individual possesses a specific degree of Indian blood of a federally recognized Indian Tribe. There are some programs and services based upon your status as an American Indian, which require you to furnish this card before services are rendered. A CDIB card does Not establish membership in a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and it does not prevent an Indian Tribe from making a separate and independent determination of blood degree for tribal purposes. Prior to 1989 the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued these cards to Wyandotte Indians. After 1989, the Wyandotte Nation issued Tribal-issued CDIB cards.
To apply for a CDIB card:
1. Click here to download an application or contact the Wyandotte Nation Family Services Department. Submit completed application along with all Birth Certificates tracing an ancestor to the 1937 base roll. The enrollment department may have some documents. If additional information is required you will be notified.
2. Replacement CDIB cards may be issued upon request.
FAMILY SERVICE PROGRAMS:
PLEASE NOTE: Any tribal citizen who has an outstanding balance of more than 60 days due to any Wyandotte Nation department/program will not be eligible for any tribally funded services from the Family Services Department. Those who have outstanding balances will receive a letter from the Family Services Director with details of their account(s) and will be given information about repayment options.
Senior Energy Assistance: This program is nationwide for all Wyandotte Nation citizens age 55+ and will make a one-time payment of $100 directly to the vendor in both the summer and winter programs. Please see application for additional information. Winter: effective October 1, 2021 through Feb. 28, 2022 Summer: effective July 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2021. Applications may be requested by mail, or at the tribal headquarters or by clicking this link 2021 Senior energy app
TRIBAL CITIZENS WHO WILL BE USING THIS PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME: Please continue to pay your bill as usual and submit a copy of your full statement (front and back if applicable) along with the application. Wyandotte Nation will need to obtain a W9 for each utility company so this may take extra time to process payments.
Child Passenger Safety Seats: The child passenger safety seats are currently available at the tribal headquarters from newborn through booster and must be picked up. Safety first, buckle in. Car Seat Application
Promoting Safe & Stable Families: The “PSSF” program provides family preservation and support services designed to prevent the breakup of our Indian Families. This program may be able to provide at risk families with emergency assistance, need based social services, outside referrals, or other tribal programs to ensure the health, well-being and safety of your family.
Indian Child Welfare: The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act was designed to protect the Indian Family from unwarranted interference by the Anglo culture. When a child is involuntarily removed from his/her home, it is the intent of the “Act” to place a child with an immediate family member, an extended family member or a member of the child’s tribe/or other Indian Families. If your family is involved in a State Court proceeding, the Tribe may be able to assist your family during this difficult process.
Children’s Christmas Party: This year’s annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 11, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Additional details will be posted on Facebook and the homepage of this website. We hope you will note your calendar and plan to attend. Each child age birth to 12 will receive a gift from Santa.
SUMMER LIHEAP-(Low Income Home Energy Program) Contingent upon Federal funding. Income guidelines apply. Tribal citizens who believe they are eligible for this program please contact Family Services staff to obtain an application. Please note that LIHEAP can also be received through the State, but can not be received via the State and Tribe during the same fiscal year.
New Enrollee Benefit: Enroll your child before his/her first birthday and you will receive a $100.00 gift card and a baby blanket with the tribal logo. An enrollment application and birth certificate are required. This is a nationwide program.
Burial Assistance: This Nationwide program allows $1,500.00 payment toward the burial expenses of a tribal citizen. An application, death certificate and itemized funeral bill are required. Burial Assistance Guidelines
School Supply Program: The School Supply program is available beginning July 1st and is available to all enrolled tribal citizens pre-K through grade 12 regardless of where they live! Applications will be available on the homepage of this website, can be picked up from the office or can be mailed to you beginning July 1st. Walmart gift cards will still be available to residents of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. Tribal citizens who reside outside of the 4 states will be required to use the reimbursement program. For those who have utilized the program in the past please note the following change, original applications and receipts are required. We will no longer accept applications and receipts via fax or email.
The program is available from July 1st – September 30th. Applications MUST be received or postmarked by September 30th to be eligible AND the receipts MUST also be dated between July 1st and September 30th. NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be additional instructions along with the applications, but if you have any questions regarding eligible expenditures, how to complete the form, etc. please feel free to contact the Family Services Department at 918-678-6329 or 918-678-6319.
Winter School Clothing: Effective November 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022, a $100.00 clothing allowance is provided to all enrolled tribal citizens who 18 (must be enrolled in high school) and under. No income guidelines apply: Must reside in the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. Tribal citizens can either apply for winter clothing reimbursement or for a Walmart gift card. Applications can be sent to you upon request or can be found on the homepage (when the program is active). Please complete the appropriate form and submit to Family Services staff. Original applications and receipts are required for this program and must be received or postmarked by February 28th.
Elders Assistance: No income guidelines apply: Benefit $250.00. Begins October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022. This benefit is for senior citizens 55+ age: Must reside in the states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas to qualify for this assistance. 2021 Elders Assistance App
Children’s Extracurricular Activities: No income guidelines apply: Four states residents are eligible (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas): $100.00 per school age child (pre-K through grade 12). Receipts MUST be dated within the fiscal year of October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021. 2021 Extracurricular Activities App
Junior/Senior Assistance: No income guidelines apply: Four state residency required (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas): $250 per school/fiscal year (October 1-September 30). 2021 Junior Senior application
Supplemental Health Benefit (Benny card): Family Services staff can assist with basic questions regarding this program, but may, at times, refer tribal citizens to Trustmark (the company who manages this program for the Wyandotte Nation). They can be reached directly at 800-990-9058 x42086. Each adult tribal citizen is eligible for a $1000.00 benefit for medical/health related expenses. The maximum family benefit (adult tribal citizen with enrolled children, spouses are not covered) is $2,000.00. The “Benny Card” can only be used at entities who have an approved IRS inventory control system in place. See the homepage for additional information and program support files.
Family Violence Prevention Program: The Wyandotte Nation FVPP is funded through the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Family Violence Prevention & Services Grant. These grants will be used to provide advocacy to individuals who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Services for victims include shelter, utilities, food, clothing, transportation, court accompaniment, counseling, legal assistance, etc and can be provided to any victim who resides within a 25 mile radius of the Wyandotte Nation. Victims do not have to be Wyandotte or Native to reserve services. There will also be awareness campaigns, events and cultural activities to educate the community regarding these issues.
Wyandotte Tags (Oklahoma Indian Territory Only): Private passenger, motorcycle, handicapped and recreational vehicle tags are all available.
The Tribal Members name MUST be on the Title at the time of assignment if there is a lien on the vehicle. The Tax Commission staff can not add or remove names to the title without the permission of the lending agency.
For New Tags you must have the following:
1. Original State Title
2. Insurance verification
3. Wyandotte tribal membership card. (not CDIB)
For renewals you must have the following:
1. Insurance verification
RENEWALS AND NEW TAGS RECEIVED WITHOUT INSURANCE VERIFICATION WILL BE RETURNED!
Handicap Tags: Effective January 1, 2010, individuals who are interested in receiving a handicap license plate should either come by the office or call to obtain a form. The form will need to be completed by your primary care physician.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm/Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. However, there are rare occasions when the office will be closed due to staff absence or employee events. If you are traveling from a distance we suggest you call to make sure someone will be available to assist 918-678-6319 or 918-678-6329.
Dana Butterfield; Director of Family Services Family Service Programs 918-678-6319
Tara Gragg; ICW Supervisor 918-678-6355
Carmalita Ward; ICW Social Worker 918-678-6485
Leeanna Radabaugh; Family Services Specialist 918-678-6329
Tiffany Garner; Tax Administrator 918-678-6353
Lisa Arnold; Domestic Violence Advocate/Educator Supervisor918-678-6324 office and 918-397-9029 cell
Cesilie Hale; Domestic Violence Advocate 918-678-3269
Katie Griffin; Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Advocate 918-678-6486