Press Releases

Press Releases

Survey for Needs provided by the American Rescue Plan

Sac and Fox Nation American Rescue Plan Survey

Announcement

The University of Central Oklahoma will be welcoming poet Layli Long Soldier to UCO on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 6:00 pm.Long Soldier will be conducting a Zoom reading April 27, 2022 at 6; 00 pm. Big Soldier’s book Whereas was the recipient of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award, among many other prizes. She is a citizen of the United States and of the Oglala Lakota Nation.Links to Long Soldier poems:https://poets.org/poet/layli-long-soldier#poet worksYou can pre-register for the Zoom meeting at:https://uco.zoom.us/…/tJcudOCgrj0qGNOZELSoGdoLBWFyzbRDhPP9You can also contact: Dr. Wendy Barnes;wbarnes5@uco.eduEdwina Butler-WolfeDirector of Education

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT DAY

ATTENTION

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT DAY

APRIL 1, 2022

12:00 PM TO 2:30 PM

PAYCOM CENTER

DOWNTOWN OKLAHOMA CITY

ANY ENROLL SAC AND FOX JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THE SAC AND FOX EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS PURCHASED ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE AFTERNOON EVENT AND THE THUNDER GAME AT 7:00 PM

THUNDER VS DETROIT PISTONS

STUDENTS MUST ATTEND BOTH EVENTS

PLEASE LET JUSTIN MORRIS OR EDWINA BUTLER-WOLFE KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOING TO BOTH EVENTS SO THAT WE CAN RESERVE YOUR TICKET AS THERE ARE LIMITED TICKETS YOU MAY CALL:

918 968-3526, EXT: 2043 OR 2046 OR

 CELL NUMBER 405 328-0402

ON DAY OF THE EVENT JUSTIN WILL BE AT THE ADMISSION GATE TO GIVE YOUR TICKET TO YOU

IF YOU ATTEND FOLLOWING SCHOOL PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOUR TITLE VI COORDINATOR OR ADVISOR AS WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM WITH A COUNT

 MEEKER, NORTH ROCK CREEK, SHAWNEE HIGH SCHOOL

NOTICE

SAC AND FOX NATION

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

LOOKING FOR SAC AND FOX STUDENTS AGES 16 AND UP TO BECOME LIFE GUARDS AT THE SAC AND FOX SWIMMING POOL

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BECOMING CERTIFIED LIFE GUARDS AND WORKING AT THE SAC AND FOX SWIMMING POOL THIS 2022 SUMMER

PLEASE CONTACT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

WE NEED EIGHT INDIVIDUALS

CURRENTLY WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF BRINGING IN A SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR TO THE LEARNING CENTER AT THE SAC AND FOX NATION FOR CLASSROOM AND POOL SITE CERTIFICATION FOR LIFE GUARD

PLEASE CALL: JUSTIN MORRIS 918 968-3526, EXTENSION 2043

OR EDWINA BUTLER-WOLFE 405 328-0402 CELL NUMBER OR 918 968-3526, EXTENSION 2046

Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma Receives $39930 Award from The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums


Stroud, OK – Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma received a $39930 grant through the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Native Institutions. This grant opportunity is intended to help Native Cultural Institutions to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and provide humanities programming to their communities. Funds were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed by the U.S. Congress.

Funds support the Thaki Resurgence: Promoting Sac & Fox Culture Project that will produce four humanities programs, including the “Our Languages Festival” to promote language and cultural awareness.

Thaki Resurgence is a series of 4 events that will coincide with the seasons. Like growth and newness, planning for our 3 major events will occur in the spring. Summertime is marked by our annual pow wow. In the summer we will post tutorials of our traditional dances. In the fall, we will host our annual Our Languages Festival to promote language and cultural awareness. Culturally, we tell stories during winter. We will host a premiere of oral histories that we have produced throughout the year.

 “We are all affected by what happened during this pandemic. We have lost of a lot of people that are important to us. We have lost singers, speakers, elders, teachers,” said Sac and Fox Business Committee Member and Clan Leader, Robert Williamson. “And we will still feel the effects of losing our loved ones for a long time to come. These events will help our people to reunite and to begin learning, teaching and taking part in our cultural practices again. We are thankful to the ATALM American Rescue Plan for providing us the funding to host these events that will help us keep our culture and language strong.”

“COVID-19 hit Tribal communities particularly hard. The pandemic is not only responsible for the loss of culture keepers, Native language speakers, elders, and government leaders, but also the closure of cultural institutions, furloughed staff, and reduced programming,” said ATALM President Susan Feller. “This opportunity will provide much-needed financial support and create humanities-based programs that bring cultural practitioners and the public together in a dialogue that embraces the civic and cultural life of Native communities.”

Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma was selected by an independent Peer Review Committee and is one out of 84 awardees to receive funding. Other awardees representing 25 states include Tribal governments and Native nonprofit organizations, as well as higher education institutions and non-native nonprofit organizations working in partnership with state or federally recognized tribal entities. A total of $3.26 million was granted. A list of grantees is available at www.atalm.org

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is grateful to the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums for the association’s important work in administering American Rescue Plan funding to help Native American cultural institutions recover from the pandemic,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “These grants provide valuable humanities resources to tribal communities and represent a lifeline to the many Native heritage sites and cultural centers that are helping preserve and educate about Indigenous history, traditions, and languages.” 

Sac and Fox Nation Vaccine Incentive

Voluntary Vaccination Incentive Option

Sac and Fox Nation Voluntary Vaccination Incentive Policy

Extension through 03/31/2022

The Sac and Fox Nation (SFN) is implementing a voluntary vaccination policy effective September 30, 2021 regarding COVID vaccination(s) for SFN Tribal Members and SFN employees. In accordance with SFN’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace / Tribal community that is free of COVID, we strongly encourage SFN Tribal Members and SFN employees to receive this vaccination to minimize the risk of COVID in our workplace and Tribal community. In making this decision, the Business Committee reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and local health officials, Indian Health Services and our Tribal health system.

Click on this link to download and print the application.

https://www.sacandfoxnation-nsn.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Vaccine-Incentive-Application-extension-through-03.31.2022-UPDATED.pdf

ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE  

The Sac and Fox Nation government offices will be closing on Monday, January 17, 2022 through Friday, January 21, 2022 due to the rising numbers of positive cases and shortage in staff for COVID related reasons.  The government offices will reopen on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the normal operational hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. 

The following essential departments will be operating as usual:

Sac and Fox Police Department – if any emergencies arise please call 911.

Sac and Fox Nation Security

Juvenile Detention Center

Gaming Commission – Compliance and surveillance.

The following essential departments will be operating remotely:

Finance Department

Indian Child Welfare – if any emergencies arise please call (918)-968-3526 and enter the following extensions:  Karen Hamilton ext. 1711, Tammy Arellano ext. 1713, or Josh Howell ext. 1709 leave a message if no answer the staff will return your call.

Human Service Department – if any emergencies arise please call (918)-509-9224. 

Title VI – if any emergencies arise please call (918)-509-1243.  Elder’s Kitchen – will be delivering care packages to the homebound Title VI participants.

Enrollment Department – please call (918)-306-0039 if you need to request burial assistance.

Tribal Court – on emergency basis only.  Contact information for the Court staff and forms can be obtained on the Sac and Fox Nation’s website at www.sacandfoxnation-nsn.gov

Patients of Black Hawk Health Center:

Due to the raising number of positive COVID cases and shortage in staff for COVID related reasons, the Black Hawk Health Center will be closed to patients and will not conduct COVID testing beginning Monday, January 17th to Friday, January 21st.  Our Pharmacy will be open 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 18th thru Friday, January 21st.  If patients are in need of a prescription refill, please remember to call the Pharmacy Refill Line (1-866-968-0068) and leave a message.  Messages will be checked regularly so that we can fill the incoming requests.  If you are in need of immediate medical assistance please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.  For COVID Testing, please go to any of the other Tribal Health Facility in your area or the County Health Department.

  • Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System – (405) 878-5850
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health – (405) 273-5236
  • Kickapoo Tribal Health Center – (405) 964-2081
  • Perkins Family Clinic – (405) 547-2473
  • Okemah Community Hospital – (918) 623-1424
  • Chickasaw Nation Medical Center – (800)851-9136
  • Pottawatomie County Health Department – (405) 273-2157
  • Lincoln County Health Department – (405) 258-2640

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are keeping the safety of our patients and staff in mind during this surge.

The Sac and Fox Nation continues to implement safety protocols and responsible precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19 or the other variants.  We appreciate your understanding.

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverage Company to present Laptops

PRESS RELEASE

The Dallas-based Coca-Cola Southwest Beverage Company will be at the Sac and Fox Nation Learning Center on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm to present a new lap top computer to each Sac and Fox Junior and Senior High School Student.

Coca-Cola Company made contact with Chief Justin Wood of the Sac and Fox Nation and the Sac and Fox Education Department made the necessary arrangements for the disbursement of equipment.

“We are very excited for our Sac and Fox Students to be presented a lap- top for their future use of furthering their education” said the Sac and Fox Nation Education Department Director Edwina Butler-Wolfe.

The Dallas-based Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), a company of Arca Continental, is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the United States.  CCSWB produces, markets and distributes Coca-Cola brands in Texas and parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, Arca Continental is one of the largest Coco-Cola bottlers in the world with an outstanding history spanning more than91 years. Within its Coca-Cola territories, Arca Continental serves a population of more than 118 million in the northern and western parts of Mexico as well as the northern region of Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and the Southwestern U.S. Arca Continental also produces and markets snacks under the brand names Wise in the U.S., Bokados in Mexico and Inalecsa in Ecuador.

Education Headsets

SAC AND FOX NATION

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

WILL NOW BE HANDING OUT WIRLESS HEADSET TO

PRE-K THROUGH 12TH GRADE STUDENTS

SAC AND FOX STUDENTS ONLY

THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

AND OTHER COUNTRIES

PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY

SCHOOL WILL HAVE TO SIGN FORM AND PLEASE SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN TRIBAL CARD

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE

SAC AND FOX NATION

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

918 968-3526, EXT: 2046 OR 2043

THANK YOU,

EDWINA BUTLER-WOLFE

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

PPE ASSISTANCE

NOTICE

TO:                       SAC AND FOX NATION TRIBAL MEMBERS

                             PRE K THROUGH 12TH GRADE STUDENTS

                             COLLEGE AND ADULT VOCATIONAL STUDENTS

FROM:                 SAC AND FOX NAITON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

DATE:                  OCTOBER 29, 2021

REF:                     PPE ASSISTANCE $250.00

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS STILL ACCEPTING PPE ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS FROM TRIBAL MEMBERS UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2021.

WHEN SENDING YOUR APPLICATION IN SEND IN THE APPLICATION COMPLETED WITH A COPY OF YOUR TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP CARD AND W-9. MAIL IN YOUR APPLICATION DO NOT HAND DELIVER OR EMAIL OR FAX.

APPLICATION CAN BE FOUND HERE

THANK YOU,

EDWINA BUTLER-WOLFE

Chicago Blackhawks: Partnership Update

The Chicago Blackhawks are optimistic as we start our partnership work together, the beginning of what we hope will be a strong and long-term allyship. And we understand that the resolution that passed at the end of August to establish a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks and Sac & Fox Nation was the very first step of a process to build relationships and trust with the entire tribe. We also heard and believe that transparency will be such an important piece of this partnership going forward.  With that in mind, we are pleased to share our first update with the tribe on the work we have been focused on in the early days of our partnership.

Click to download full update in pdf.

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