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

January 1, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of New Year’s Day

January 25, 2019 | Ioway Princess Sorority Indoor Market

February 2, 2019 | UNITY Meeting at Whitecloud Building

February 6, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

February 14, 2019 | Library Cultural and Community Event, ITO Library

February 18, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Presidents Day

February 23, 2019 | 2PM-9PM UNITY Dance Social, Chena Building

March 9, 2019 | UNITY Meeting at Whitecloud Building

March 13, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

March 20, 2019 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

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

April 17, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

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

May 5, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

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

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

June 12, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

July 24, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

August 14, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

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

September 18, 209 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

October 16, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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 13, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

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

December 18, 2019 | 1PM-3PM Library Cultural Day at Library

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

 

TITLE VI 

February Menu

February 1, 2019 | Shopping Day in Shawnee

February 7, 2019 | Ioway Casino Day

February 8, 209 | Shopping in Stillwater

February 14, 2019 | 11:30AM Going Red For Native Elders

February 15, 2019 | Sac & Fox Tailgate

February 18, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Presidents Day

February 20, 2019 | Eat with Pawnee Elders, at Pawnee Title VI

February 22, 2019 | Cimarron Casino Day

February 27, 2019 | 11:30AM Movie Day, at Chena

 

IOWAY COMMUNITY ELDERS

February 12, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting and Valentine’s Party at Chena

March 12, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

March 23, 2019 | Time TBA, Handgame, at Chena

March 30, 2019 | Elders Trip to Peoria Powwow at Miami Buffalo Run Casino

April TBD | Day Trip – Wild Onion Dinner at Holdenville

April 9, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

April 25-28, 2019 | Gathering of Nations Powwow

May 14, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

May TBD | Dinner and Movie in OKC

June 11, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

June 15-17, 2019 | Iowa Powwow at Perkins

July 9, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

August 6-12, 2019 | Shoshone Powwow, Ft Hall, ID

August 13, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

September 10, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

September 20-23, 2019 | Ioway Powwow in White Cloud, KS

October TBA | AARP Elders Honor Awards

October 8, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

October 18, 2019 | TBD Elders Sock Hop/Oldies Dance at Chena

November 12, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

November 23, 2019 | 3rd Annual Elders Dance at Chena

December 10, 2019 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

December 16, 2019 | TBA Christmas Outing – Woolaroc Lights/Golden Corral in Tulsa, OK

 

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