Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

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

NEW — Scholarship Press Release: Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Tribal Members Eligible for Increased Scholarship Funding

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Request for Proposal

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Library Receives Funds Through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

January 2, 2023 | Tribal Offices will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day (Observed)

January 6, 2023 Noon – 4PM | PFC Community Health – Blood Drive at Community Health Building

January 16, 2023 | Tribal Offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day 

February 1, 2023 11AM – 1PM | Elders Health Fair at WhiteCloud Building

February 4, 2023 2PM – 9PM | Ioway Tribe Princess Sorority Gourd Dance at Chena Building

February 14, 2023 4:30PM – 6:30PM | ITO Library presents Ladies Night Out at Chena Building

February 20, 2023 | Tribal Offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day

February 24, 2023 4:30PM – 6:30PM | ITO Higher Education and JPT presents Out of Debt at Chena Building

May 11, 2023 Noon – 4PM | PFC Community Health – Blood Drive at Community Health Building

 

VETERAN MEETINGS

December 6, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

January 3, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

February 7, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

March 7, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

April 4, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

May 2, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

June 6, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

July 4, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room (date subject to change)

August 1, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

September 5, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

October 3, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

November 7, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

December 5, 2022 Noon | Monthly Meeting in Court Room

 

TITLE VI

Blood Pressure Clinic every Wednesday 11AM to 1PM

December Menu

December 8, 2022 | Title VI Elders Christmas Party

December 30, 2022 10AM-1PM | Casino Day

January Menu

January 10, 2023 – February 28, 2023 11AM – 11:45AM | Elders Fitness, Weight Loss, Nutrition Counseling, Exercise and Balance

February 1, 2023 11AM – 1PM | Elders Health Fair at WhiteCloud Building

 

IOWAY TRIBE ELDERS

December 17, 2022 | Monthly Meeting and Christmas Party at Chena Building UPDATE (Christmas Party will be rescheduled)

January 21, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

February 18, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

March 18, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

April 15, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

May 20, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

June 17, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

July 15, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

August 19, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

September 16, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

October 21, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

November 18, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

December 16, 2022 | Monthly Meeting at Chena Building

 

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