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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

February 17, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Ioway Day

February 19, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

March 3, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

March 14, 2020 | 10AM-Noon UNITY Meeting at WhiteCloud Building

March 18, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

March 20, 2020 | 10AM-2PM UNITY Indigenous Female Empowerment Event at Community Hall

April 7, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

April 10, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Good Friday

April 15, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

May 1, 2020 | Higher Education Scholarship Program – Summer Deadline

May 5, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

May 20, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

May 25, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Memorial Day

June 2, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

June 17, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

June 30, 2020 | K12/Higher Education Scholarship Program – Fall Deadline

July 3, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Independence Day

July 7, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

July 15, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

August 4, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

August 19, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

September 1, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

September 7, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Labor Day

September 16, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

September 25, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Native Americans’ Day

October 6, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

October 21, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

October 6, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

November 3, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

November 11, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Veterans Day

November 18, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

November 26-27, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1, 2020 | 5:30PM-7PM Perkins Family Clinic Cooking Demo at OES Building

December 1, 2020 | K12/Higher Education Scholarship Program – Spring Deadline

December 16, 2020 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

December 24, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Christmas Eve

December 25, 2020 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of  Christmas Day

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

 

VETERANS

January 7, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

February 4, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

March 3, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

April 7, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

May 5, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

June 2, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

July 7, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

August 4, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

September 1, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

October 6, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

November 3, 2020 | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

December 1, 2020  | Veteran’s Meeting – noon at ITO Courtroom

 

TITLE VI 

 

February Menu

February 6, 2020 | Ioway Casino Day

February 7, 2020 | Shopping Day

February 14, 2020 | Cimarron Casino Day

February 21, 2020 | Sac & Fox Tailgate

March Menu

March 5 2020 | Ioway Casino Day

March 5, 2020 | Title VI Closed

March 6, 2020 | Shopping Day

March 13, 2020 | Cimarron Casino Day

March 20, 2020 | Sac & Fox Tailgate

 

IOWAY TRIBE ELDERS

January 14, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

February 11, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

March 10, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

April 14, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

May 12, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

June 9, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

July 14, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

August 11, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

September 8, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

October 13, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

November 10, 2020 | 6PM Monthly Meeting at Chena

December 8, 2020 | 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