Wyandotte Nation donates to Sheriff’s Department

The Wyandotte Nation donated $60,000 to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle for the department. Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, and Board of Directors members Ramona Reid, Vivian Fink and Eric Lofland presented the check to Ottawa County Sheriff David Dean.

“We’ve always said that wherever we are at, we want to be a good neighbor,” said Chief Friend, adding that the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department works closely with the Sheriff’s Department. “We are a strong supporter of law enforcement, now more than ever.”

Pictured: (Left to right) Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Wyandotte Nation Board Member Ramona Reid, Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department Police Chief Ronnie Gilmore, Ottawa County Sheriff David Dean, Ottawa County Undersheriff Rocky Ferdig, Wyandotte Nation Board Member Vivian Fink, Wyandotte Nation Board Member Eric Lofland, Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend.

The Wyandotte Nation Board of Directors approved the donation at their recent meeting. The presentation was held at the Tribe’s new Administration Building, 8 Turtle Drive, in Wyandotte, Okla.

Sheriff Dean said he appreciated the donation.

“It’s just nice when everybody is working together in this county,” he said. “We all live here together and we all need to work together.”

Funding for the donation came from the Wyandotte Nation’s economic development provided by its corporation, Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK), which includes the Tribe’s gaming operations, convenience stores, and other business enterprises.

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