The Iowa Tribe has worked very hard to complete our website; and the tourism site was one of the priorities of the business committee to allow the tribal members to be informed of what is available and to let our visitors know of the things we have and stay involved with. We welcome you to share our tribal information published here for our tribal members; as well as the local community members, and also to our world-wide visitors – Welcome!
Our tour includes:
The Bah Khoje Xla Chi “Grey Snow Eagle House” is a rehabilitation facility for injured eagles which are received from all across the States; mainly from places nearby so the rehabilitated eagles can be released back into their own habitat where they were found – as they mate for life. The facility is open year round and visitors are welcome to make an appointment. The Eagle Aviary is managed by tribal member Victor Roubidoux and telephone number to the Aviary is 405.547.4299.
The Dancing Bison Ranch “Che Washi Chi” is owned and operated by the tribe and has a herd of approximately 100 buffalo. Under the new management of tribal member Curtis Washington all the bison are now free of interbreeding status. Recently the Iowa Nation made a donation to the local school – Perkins/Tryon Public Schools and the donation of bison meat was featured as an entrée’ in their School Lunch Menu. The Ranch is a member of the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council and the Intertribal Bison Cooperative. Curtis Washington is the Agricultural Manager and may be reached through the main complex number of 405.547.2402X352.
The Iowa Horse Nation “Soon Yee Ooh Kee Je” (Shu’ne ukihje) is another agricultural program of the Iowa nation. This equine program offers supervised therapeutic horse riding on a limited basis at their facility located just west of their tribal complex. Due to age of some of the older horses the size of the facility has been downsized, but they still have with several horses at their own stables and farm. The Iowa Horse Nation is managed by tribal member – Curtis Washington who is the Agricultural Manager. To inquire of the program please direct your call to the main complex number, at 405.547.2402 X352 or Wendy at the Horsebarn at Ext. 302.
The Annual Iowa Tribal Powwow is a 3-day cultural event geared towards family activities of all ages. It is always held on the 3rd weekend of June. The Powwow Chairman is elected by the People at their annual council meeting every two years. This Committee works hard for months to host a summer celebration for Native American dancers and singers; and a ‘homecoming’ for tribal members. On Saturday morning, camper activities begin for all ages with a walk/run. Rations are also distributed to all those who have put up their ‘camp’. There are games for the children and the young at heart, including horseshoes, turtle races, 3 on 3 basketball tourneys, and a Golf tournament in town/Perkins. Gourd dancing is held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the air-conditioned comforts of the activities building, with supper being served to the entire camp on Saturday right after the Gourd Dance. Around 7 or 8 o’clock the spectacular Grand Entry of dancers is held in the beautiful outside arena. Friday nights feature the tiny tot dancers along with the juniors and teen categories. On Saturday night the women dancers are featured and on Sunday the men will be featured. All the dancers from each respective dance category will come dressed in their best and finest dance regalia competing for hundreds of dollars in prize money. This event is open to the public and free of charge – bring lawn chairs or enjoy the beautiful sight from the bleacher seating surrounding the dance arena; and around the perimeter of the arena come and enjoy food vendors and pick up a souvenir from the many arts and crafts booths.
Our RV Park is located on the south side of the intersections of Hwy 33 and 177 just north of Perkins, Oklahoma. Rental space is available for your RV’s or a mobile home, and you’re welcome to settle with us.
Tribal Owned Casinos – Cimarron Casino is located on West Freeman Avenue in Perkins. The hours of operation are – 24/7. We have wonderful food items in the Eagle’s Nest Café; with slot machines, and gaming tables. The Tribal Smoke Shop is located right alongside of the casino with a convenient drive through window. The Ioway Casino is located just east of the intersections of Hwy 177 and historic Route 66 near Wellston and Chandler. A new expansion of a nice size restaurant is in the stages of construction at this time. The Iowa Travel Plaza and Mart is fairly new and now open south of the tribal complex and headquarters 3 ½ miles south of Perkins. The travel Mart features gasoline and diesel fuel sales for cars, vans, and trucks, with plenty of parking for vehicles and limited truck parking. The Grill offers a full service line of breakfast; and some of the best tasting sandwiches around. While you’re waiting around, come in and spend some time in the lil’ casino with some big payouts!
All tourist attractions are close by to one another, so check them all out!!