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Welcome to the official website of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma!

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is the center of a Sovereign Nation with inherent powers of self-government recognized as such by treaties and legislation located in Perkins, OK. In the Iowa language, we call ourselves Baxoje (Bah Kho-je), meaning “People of the Grey Snow”. The story of our name has been handed down from generation to generation. It was told that at one time the Iowa Tribe was ‘1100’ strong, meaning the warriors or men numbered that many. When men had to leave our village, upon their return, they looked down from a rise and they saw that our village had been burned. At this point, we had lost some of the translation to the story – it could have been another tribe or others that had burned it. But it appeared as though the village was covered with “Grey Snow, ” even though the winter season was not upon us. For you see, the ashes had settled over the village site and all that was visible to the warriors were the burned remnants of what used to be our homes. Other versions of this story have been printed, but this is the one that we have been told.

The Iowas lived for the majority of its recorded history in what is now the state of Iowa, therefore, the state of Iowa takes its name after the Ioway people. Also, our language is of the Chiwere dialect of the Sioux Nation. We began as a Woodland culture, but because of the migration to the south and west, we began to pick up elements of the Plains Culture. In the earliest historical period of 1600, the Ioways (descendants of the Oneota), were in the area of the Red Pipestone Quarry in southwestern Minnesota. In 1730 they were found living in villages in the Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake Region of Northwest Iowa. They moved south to the vicinity of Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the middle of the 18th century, part of them moved up along the Des Moines River. The remainder established themselves on the Grand and Platte Rivers in Missouri. In treaties, they ceded their claims to lands in Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Treaty of 1836 assigned part of them to a reservation along the Great Nemaha River in Nebraska and Kansas. Later, some of the Ioways were moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. The original Iowa Reservation in Oklahoma was established by Executive Order dated August 15, 1883. The Iowa Nation is now divided into two tribes: The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma located in Perkins, Oklahoma; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska – their tribal headquarters are located in Whitecloud, Kansas.

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is complete with its own constitution and bylaws. There are many aspects of the Tribal Government, all necessary to ensure the best for our tribal community and members. As of today, we have over 800 members enrolled within the tribe and a jurisdictional area covering all or parts of Payne, Oklahoma, Lincoln, and Logan counties. We are also the largest employer in the area with over 160 employees in several different departments, including Administration, Accounting departments for the various Tribal Enterprises (including three casinos spread throughout our jurisdiction), and a tribally-operated Police and Fire Department.

Mission of the Iowa Nation: “To improve the economic and social quality of life, for our tribal members and the adjacent communities.”

Iowa Tribal Headquarters is located 3 miles South of Perkins, Oklahoma & one half mile West of US highway 177. For more information, call us at (405) 547-2402.

335588 E. 750 Road  •  Perkins, OK 74059  •  405-547-2402 or 800-336-IOWA

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PRESS RELEASE

Iowa Tribe’s Isle of Man Company Secures Gaming License

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 5, 2019 | 11AM-4PM Ioway Princess Sorority Indoor Market

April 5, 2019 | 1PM Spring Feast at Chena

April 13, 2019 | 10AM-Noon UNITY Meeting at WhiteCloud Building

April 13, 2019 | 2PM Powwow Committee Gourd Dance

April 15-18 | Med Drop Week at Perkins Family Clinic

April 19, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Good Friday

April 20, 2019 | Iowa Tribe Easter Egg Hunt & Color Run

April 24, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

April 24, 2019 | Victim Services – Denim Day

May 11, 2019 | Ioway Princess Sorority, All Gourd Dance Honoring Mothers

May 22, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

May 24, 2019 | 12PM-2PM UNITY Tamale Sale at WhiteCloud Building

May 27, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Memorial Day

June 4, 2019 | 10AM-4PM Southern Plains UNITY Conference at Chena Building

June 6, 2019 | 9AM-4PM ITO Youth Talking Circle Day Camp

June 8, 2019 | ITO Tribal Youth Awards at Chena Building

June 10, 2019 | NYPD Summer Camp

June 13, 2019 | Vendor Appreciation Golf Tournament

June 14, 2019 | 10AM-2PM Iowa Tribe Health Fair at Chena Building

June 14-15, 2019 | 7PM PBR Touring Pro Division

June 14-16, 2019 | Iowa Tribe Powwow

June 19, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

July 4, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Independence Day

July 24, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

August 14, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

September 2, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Labor Day

September 11, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

September 27, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Native Americans’ Day

October 23, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

November 11, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Veterans Day

November 13, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

November 28-29, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Thanksgiving

December 11, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

December 24, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Christmas Eve

December 25, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Christmas Day

January 1, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  New Year’s Day

 

VETERANS

March 5, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

April 2. 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

May 7, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

June 4, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

July 2, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

August 5, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

September 2, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

October 1, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

November 5, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

December 2, 2019 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom

 

TITLE VI 

 

June Menu

June 3, 2019 | 10:30am Tai Chi at WhiteCloud Building

June 6, 2019 | Ioway Casino Day

June 7, 2019 | Shopping Day

June 10, 2019 | 10:30am Tai Chi at WhiteCloud Building

June 13, 2019 | 8:30-9:30am Breakfast (Closing at Noon)

June 14, 2019 | Title VI Closed

June 14, 2019 | Cimarron Casino Day

June 17, 2019 | 10:30am Tai Chi at WhiteCloud Building

June 21, 2019 | Sac & Fox Tailgate

June 24, 2019 | 10:30am Tai Chi at WhiteCloud Building

June 28, 2019 | Title VI Closed for Inventory

 

 

IOWAY COMMUNITY ELDERS

April 9, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

May 10, 2019 | 7PM-Midnight, Elders Sock Hop/Oldies Dance at Chena

May 14, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

June 11, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

June 14-16, 2019 | Iowa Powwow at Perkins

July 9, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

August 13, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

September 10, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

October 8, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

November 12, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

December 10, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

 

NEWS

Iowa Tribe’s Online Internet Gaming

Business Committee Updates

 

VENDOR INFORMATION

Pow Wow Vendors

Event Vendors

Vendor Permit Application PowWow

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

2015 Business Committee Minutes

Constitution Reform Registration

Iowa Tribe Gallery

Grey Snow Eagle House