|Office of The Governor||Phone: 405-422-7734||Fax: 405-422-8224||Contact Department|
|Office of The Lieutenant Governor||405-422-7607|
|Office of Tribal Attorney||405-422-7618|
|Election Commission||Contact Department|
|Executive Office||405-422-7734||Contact Department|
Department of Administration
|Teresa Dorsett, Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7551||Fax: 405-422-8227||Contact Department|
|Elder Care Program||405-422-7411||Fax: 405-422-8230|
|Elderly Nutrition & Caregivers Program||580-331-2311||Fax: 405-422-8205|
|Emergency Management Program||405-422-7547|
|Environmental Protection Agency(Tribal)||405-422-7410|
|H.O.P.E Program||405-422-7580||Fax: 405-422-8246|
|Office of Records Management||405-422-7709||Fax: 405-422-8234|
|Operations & Maintenance||405-422-7546||Fax: 405-422-8231|
|Personnel Department||405-422-7498||Fax: 405-422-8222|
|PIO/Tribal Newspaper||405-422-7446||Fax: 405-422-6051|
|Planning & Development||405-422-7620|
|Procurement, Grants, & Contracts||405-422-7401||Fax: 405-422-8221|
|Property & Supply||405-422-7534||Fax: 405-422-8272|
|Public Information||405-422-7446||Fax: 405-422-8227|
|Tribal Security||405-422-7516||Fax: 405-422-8232|
Department of Social Services
|Winona Youngbird, Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7453||Fax: 405-422-7405||Contact Department|
|Adult Protective Services (APS)||405-422-7400||Fax: 405-422-8218|
|Emergency Youth Shelter||405-422-7648||Fax: 405-422-8285|
|Family Violence Program||405-422-7476||Fax: 405-422-8218|
|Food Distribution||405-276-6049||Fax: 405-422-8261|
|Foster Care Worker||405-422-7654|
|Foster Care Program||405-422-7654|
|General Assistance – Social Services||405-422-7476||Fax: 405-422-8218|
|Indian Child Welfare||405-422-7495||Fax: 405-422-8249|
|Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||405-422-7476||Fax: 405-422-8218|
|Social Services||405-422-7923||Fax: 405-422-8218|
|Tribal Family Advocate & Prevention Social Worker||405-422-7400||Fax: 405-422-7592|
Department of Treasury
|Easton Yellowfish, Treasurer||Phone: 405-422-7501||Fax: 405-422-8288||Contact Department|
|Per Capita Office||405-422-7725||Fax: 405-422-8239|
|Motor Vehicle Division||405-422-7488||Fax: 405-422-8236|
Department of Justice
|Attorney General||Phone: 405-422-7855||Fax: 405-422-8220||Contact Department|
|Legal Aid Services||405-422-7663|
Department of Housing
|Damon Dunbar, Executive Director||Phone: 580-331-2400||Fax: 405-422-8271||Contact Department|
|Down Payment Assistance Program||580-331-2409|
|Independent Living Center||580-331-2455||Fax: 405-422-8279|
Department of Education
|Carrie Whitlow, Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7611||Fax: 405-422-8215||Contact Department|
|CA Television Station||405-422-7629|
|Child Care Development||405-422-7698||Fax: 405-422-8217|
|Head Start Program||405-422-7635||Fax: 405-422-8216|
|Higher Education||405-422-7646||Fax: 405-422-8211|
|Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM)||405-422-7658||Fax: 405-422-8212|
|Language & Culture Program||Language Phone: 405-422-7425|
Culture Phone: 405-422-7704
|Language Fax: 405-422-8219|
Culture Fax: 405-422-7447
|School Clothing Program||405-422-7445|
|State-Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Program||405-422-7651|
Department of Enrollment
|Breanna Faris, Executive Director||Contact Department|
Department of Health
|Charlene Wassana, Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7656||Fax: 405-422-8299||Contact Department|
|Community Health Representatives (CHR)||405-422-7672||Fax: 405-422-8241|
|Diabetes Wellness||405-422-7723||Fax: 405-422-8262|
|Emergency Medical Services (EMS)||580-323-7087||Fax: 580-323-0373|
|Health Education||405-422-7676||Fax: 405-422-8240|
|Substance Abuse Program||580-331-2370||Fax: 405-422-8282|
|Judicial Branch||Phone: 405-422-7450||Fax: 405-422-8259||Contact Department|
|Bureau of Indian Affairs|
|Court Administrator||Phone: 405-422-7760|
|Legal Aid Services||405-422-7450|
|Modoc Tribe Child|
|Oklahoman Indian Legal Services||405-943-6457||405-917-7060|
|Public Defender's Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Arapaho District 1||405-422-7447|
|Arapaho District 2 - Speaker of the 8th Legislature||405-422-7440|
|Arapaho District 3||Concho Phone: 405-422-7597|
|Arapaho District 4||Concho Phone: 405-422-7916|
|Cheyenne District 1||405-405-7755||Fax: 405-422-8228|
|Cheyenne District 2||405-422-7480|
|Cheyenne District 3||405-422-7588|
|Cheyenne District 4||405-422-7610||Fax: 405-422-8206|
Tribal Council Branch
|Michelle Bigfoot, TC Coordinator||Phone||Fax||Contact Department|
|Tribal Council||405-422-7430||Fax: 405-422-8237|
Boards and Commissions
|Gaming Commission||405-422-7752||Fax: 405-422-8251|
|Tax Commission||405-422-7488||Fax: 405-422-8236|
Department of Labor
|Erwin Pahmahmie Jr., Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7660||Fax: 405-422-8297||Contact Department|
|Employment and Training Administration||405-422-7494||Fax: 405-422-8243|
|Office of Veterans Affairs||405-422-7622||Fax: 405-422-8207|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Program||Concho Office: 405-422-7617|
Clinton Office: 580-331-2320
|Concho Fax: 405-422-8213|
Watonga Fax: 580-623-7314
Department of Transportation
|Angela Blind, Executive Director||Phone: 405-295-6504||Fax: 405-422-8265||Contact Department|
|Tribal Transportation Program||405-422-7432|
|Transportation Improvement Planning Program||405-295-6504|
|Transportation Safety Program||405-295-6504|
|Roads Construction/Maintenance Program||405-422-7432|
|Tribal Transit Program||580-331-2600|
Department of Business
|Nathan Hart, Executive Director||Phone: 405-422-7457||Fax: 405-422-8258||Contact Department|
|Farm & Ranch Program||405-626-8483|
|Department of Enrollment||Phone: 405-422-7600||Fax: 405-422-8238||Contact Department|
DEPARTMENT OF ENROLLMENT & BURIAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS, APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON ENROLLMENT SERVICES. THE BURIAL PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS, BUT ALL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BY PHONE.
The Department of Enrollment & Burial Program serve as the central data hub for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and they are responsible for maintaining all tribal membership records.
DEPARTMENT OF ENROLLMENT & BURIAL PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
Mailing Address: PO Box 134, Concho, OK 73022
Enrollment Direct Line: 405-422-7600 Burial Program Direct Line: 405-422-7601
The Department of Enrollment & Burial Program offer the following services:
- Membership & Research Services
- Enrollment Applications
- CDIB II Applications
- Research Requests (does not include genealogy/ancestry requests)
- Eligibility Verifications for state, federal, and tribal agencies
- Appropriate agencies should email the individual’s name and date of birth to email@example.com for inquiries.
- Information & Identification Services
- Change of Address Forms
- Tribal ID Cards
- Paper CDIB’s (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood)
- BIA Form 4432 (Verification of Indian Preference for Employment)
- Free Notary Services
- Burial Program Services
- Funeral Assistance Grant for up to $7,000
- Meal & Transportation Assistance for up to $1,000
- Headstone Assistance for up to $500
- Next-of-Kin Designation
- Tribal Cemeteries maintained by Burial Program:
- Cantonment Indian Cemetery (NW of Canton, OK), Clinton Indian Cemetery Colony Indian Cemetery, Concho Indian Cemetery, Greenfield Indian Cemetery, Hammon Indian Mennonite Cemetery, Kingfisher Indian Cemetery, Watonga Indian Cemetery, and Whirlwind Mission Cemetery
The Department of Enrollment & Burial Program CANNOT issue copies of original documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, court orders, death certificates, or any other documents stored in our files for any reason. Please contact the appropriate issuing agency to order replacement documents.
MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA & ENROLLMENT APPLICATION
The Department of Enrollment follows the Constitution of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to determine membership eligibility.
To be eligible for membership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, you must meet the following criteria:
1.) The applicant must have a direct, biological ancestor that was enrolled in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
2.) The applicant CANNOT be enrolled with any other federally-recognized or state-recognized tribe or nation.
3.) The applicant must have a combined blood quantum of at least 1/8th total Cheyenne and Arapaho blood (Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho blood are not accepted).
Please be aware that the Department of Enrollment requires ORIGINAL birth certificates and ORIGINAL social security cards to apply for membership. Other original documents may be required for some special circumstances. Photocopies of any kind are not accepted for any reason.
For more information about applying for membership, please review the Enrollment Application Packet. Please read the Enrollment Application Packet thoroughly before contacting the Department of Enrollment for questions.
On October 5, 2021, the members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes voted to amend the membership requirements in the Constitution. The Department of Enrollment is not accepting Enrollment Applications until December 1, 2021 for those applying for membership under the new membership requirements.
CDIB II (DESCENDANCY) APPLICATION
If you do not qualify for membership but have an enrolled parent, you may apply for a CDIB II. A CDIB II is a descendancy letter and formally establishes you as a descendant of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. CDIB II holders do not qualify for most tribal services, but they can seek services through the Indian Health Services (IHS).
Please review the CDIB II Application for application requirements.
TRIBAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS & PAPER CDIB’S
The Department of Enrollment issues tribal ID cards to enrolled members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes that are at least 16 years of age. Tribal ID cards can be issued to minors that are 15 years of age for work purposes, but proof of work will be required. Tribal ID cards are not issued to CDIB II holders or minors under the age of 15 for any reason, including travel, as the TSA does not require photo ID’s for those under 18 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian.
FIRST TRIBAL ID CARD
An individual’s first tribal ID card is free. To obtain your first tribal ID card, the individual MUST bring identifying documents to establish their identity. The tribal member must bring either an ORIGINAL birth certificate OR a state-issued photo ID. Tribal ID cards cannot be issued to any tribal member unless one of the 2 ID documents listed above are presented to the Department of Enrollment.
REPLACEMENT TRIBAL ID CARD
Replacement tribal ID cards are $10.00. If you need to replace your tribal ID card, you can schedule an appointment with the Department of Enrollment or request one by mail. Please ensure your address is correct with the Department of Enrollment before requesting a replacement tribal ID card. For in-person appointments, please contact the Department of Enrollment. Cash, credit/debit card, and money orders are accepted for in-person appointments.
If you choose to request a tribal ID card by mail, please ensure your address is correct and follow all instructions listed on the form (color photo-copy of non-expired state-issued ID & completed, notarized form required). A $10.00 money order must be included with the form. We do not accept any other payments by mail.
TRIBAL ID REQUEST BY MAIL
A paper CDIB can be requested from the Department of Enrollment via mail, email, or fax. Paper CDIB’s are always free. Please contact the Department of Enrollment to request a paper CDIB.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORMS
Each tribal member is responsible for updating their information with the Department of Enrollment. Failure to update personal information with the Department of Enrollment can result in delayed services from tribal programs, including Per Capita payments. A tribal member should update their address with the Department of Enrollment each time they move to a new residence. Those over 18 years of age should complete the Adult Change of Address form and attached W9, and the legal parent(s)/guardian(s) of a minor tribal member should complete the Minor Change of Address form.
Change of Address forms must be notarized and submitted to the Department of Enrollment by appointment or mail. Electronic submissions of any kind (including fax or email) are not accepted.
Additional documents may be required for name changes, adoptions, guardianships, and other special circumstances. Contact the Department of Enrollment if any special circumstances apply.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Department of Enrollment does not offer genealogy/ancestry services to the public. Due to strict confidentiality policies, the Department of Enrollment cannot release any records or identifying information for any individual, living or deceased, for personal genealogy/ancestry use.
Please refer to the many online resources available for researching and tracing your genealogy or completing your family tree.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not maintain individual records nor do they maintain a national registry. If you are trying to obtain your adoption records, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes cannot release sealed adoption records or other identifying information and/or records. For additional assistance in obtaining adoption records from the appropriate agencies, please consider obtaining legal advice from a lawyer that practices in this area of law.
BURIAL PROGRAM SERVICES
DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS, THE BURIAL PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS AND HANDLES ALL SERVICES BY PHONE.
The Burial Program provides a number of services for the families of tribal members who have passed away. All services provided are designed to help ease the emotional and financial burden that families face when laying their loved ones to rest.
To report the death of a tribal member, please call the Burial Program at 405-422-7601. Because the Burial Program is often servicing many families at once, they may not answer immediately, so please leave a detailed voicemail with the decedent’s name, date of birth, and funeral home. A Burial Program staff member will return your call as soon as they can.
Those serving as the designated Next of Kin should not travel to the Burial Program office in Concho, OK until instructed to do so by a Burial Program staff member. Burial Program paperwork can be completed during your appointment with the funeral home and faxed to our office from there. Please wait for instructions from a Burial Program staff member before traveling to our offices to prevent unnecessary travel or stress for your family.
FUNERAL ASSISTANCE GRANT
The Burial Program provides up to $7,000 for tribal members’ funeral costs. The payment is issued directly to the funeral home after all required documents (completed application, funeral home W9, final invoice, and certified death certificate) are submitted to the Burial Program.
MEAL & TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE
The Burial Program offers a Meal & Transportation Assistance for up to $1,000 so that families can assist their loved ones with transportation costs and meals for the wake and/or funeral service.
A check for one of the following amounts will be issued to the designated Next of Kin:
$500.00 - transportation assistance only (service required, no meals after service)
$750.00 - transportation + 1 meal after a wake or funeral service
$1,000.00 - transportation + 1 meal after wake service + 1 meal after funeral service
The Meal & Transportation Assistance cannot be issued until the date, time, and place of service(s) are finalized and confirmed by the funeral home. The Burial Program will work with the designated Next of Kin to schedule a time to pick up the assistance, so please do not travel to our Burial Program offices until instructed to do so by a Burial Program staff member. Only one check is issued to the designated Next of Kin per decedent, and the amounts listed above cannot be split between 2 or more individuals.
The Burial Program offers up to $500 for headstone costs for those who have passed away after October 1st, 2007. A family member, friend, or loved one of a decedent can apply for the Headstone Assistance and can use a monument company of their choice. The individual applying for the Headstone Assistance must pay any overage before the Burial Program can pay the remaining $500. The monument company can fax the completed Headstone Assistance Application and final invoice with the $500 balance to the Burial Program. Setting fees for Veteran’s markers can be covered by the Headstone Assistance.
NEXT OF KIN DESIGNATION
Each time an individual fills out an Adult Change of Address form with the Department of Enrollment, they must designate 2 individuals to serve as the Next of Kin for Burial Program purposes. However, if you do not need to update your address and have never designated a Next of Kin with the Department of Enrollment or Burial Program, you can complete the Next of Kin form with the Burial Program. If you do not have a designated Next of Kin at the time of your death, the Burial Program will work with your family to designate someone after your death.
The Burial Program strongly recommends that you officially designate a Next of Kin with the Department of Enrollment or Burial Program to prevent any potential conflict after your death. We have resources available to help tribal members prepare and plan for their end-of-life services that can help guide their families and loved ones. Please contact the Burial Program for additional questions.
To contact the Department of Enrollment, please call 405-422-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Enrollment & Burial Program mailing address: PO Box 134, Concho, OK 73022
The goal of the Information Technology Department is to provide the highest quality technology-based services to every office and service of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Through reliable and secure network infrastructure, unequalled customer support, and innovation, we work to provide economical, efficient, secure, and flexible information technology products and services.
To meet this mission, we focus on the following areas:
• Keep on top of current and future technology to ensure our programs always have the appropriate tools available to perform their work
• Constant communication with our Tribes employees to improve our services
• Development of a professional staff that exemplifies leadership qualities
• Leadership for strategic and tactical planning in the use of technology
• Manage the storage, security, and integrity of electronic data while insuring appropriate access
• Provide and maintain a robust, reliable, and secure technology infrastructure
• Ensure fast and reliable access to all information systems
Our elders provide direction and wisdom for the Cheyenne and Arapaho people. Every day, the values, history, and way of life they teach us to serve as our guide into the future. As they continue to be the backbone of our Tsistsistas and Hinono’ei communities, the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal government provides a wide range of services to honor and show appreciation to our elders.
The Elder Services Program serves to share knowledge, resources, and updates for Cheyenne and Arapaho elders. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Elder Services office nearest you listed under each program.
To qualify for Elder Care Program services, the elder must be an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and 55 years old and over. Elder qualifies upon 55th birthday. The Elder Care Program provides the following services.
For the storm shelter application, click here 2019 Storm Shelter.
|90 Day Application|
|Yearly Application/Change of Address|
|Elder Care Brochure|
|Month To Month Verification|
|Vendor Check Agreement|
The goal of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Elderly Nutrition Program is to ensure that every tribal elder is able to receive a hot, nutritious meal, in our facility or delivered to their home. The program currently serves Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and includes meals delivered to homebound participants as well as meals served in our facility. In addition, anyone is welcome to have lunch and enjoy fellowship during our regular serving hours, however, those who are not a tribal member, 55 years of age, are asked to pay $5.00 per meal.
Homebound participants are required to complete an application, containing a physician’s note stating the patient needs assistance with at least two ADLs (activities of daily living). This paperwork is required to be updated every six months. The Regional Food Bank also distributes snack bags to homebound elders, age 65 and over.
- Respite Care
- Mobile Meals
- Transport Services
Program Mission Statement
The responsibility of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Emergency Management Program is to respond to emergency incidents, either natural or man-made, that occur within our tribal jurisdiction. Through planning, preparation, mitigation, action, and follow-up, our top priority is the protection of both life and property in the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal communities, while enhancing the resilience of our tribal members.
Through training and education, our goal is to ensure that not only is our department ready for emergencies, but that our tribal community is also prepared to make decisions and react to any emergency, anywhere, at any time. To further this goal, we focus on the following areas of FEMA’s Emergency Operations Plan:
Philosophy and/or Summation of Program
Mitigation: By analyzing risk, reducing risk, and ensuring against risk, we encourage citizens to take action before an incident occurs to lessen the potential for loss of life or property. Preparation for an emergency before it occurs increases the odds of a favorable outcome when facing any type of disaster or emergency situation.
Preparedness: Preparing before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster is another method to ensure the safety of you and your family and limit the loss of property. This preparation includes keeping our community centers on standby, tornado sirens in place, stockpiling water and food, keeping automated external defibrillator (AED) machines readily available, and running fire and tornado drills. In addition, a separate Emergency Operations Plan is in place for any type of possible disaster (power outages, wildfire/building fire, active shooter, tornadoes, bomb threat, and personal medical emergencies, etc.).
Response: The Cheyenne and Arapaho Emergency Management team is trained to take action during an emergency to prevent loss of lives as well as further damages to property. These actions can include (but are not limited to) helping citizens take shelter during a tornado, evacuating a building during a fire, and contacting the proper authority to help resolve any number of potentially violent, man-made emergencies such as an active shooter or bomb threat.
Recovery: As the process of recovery is equal in importance to the response, part of our focus is to take action that will quickly return to a normal, or even safer, environment immediately following an emergency. This actions can include (but are not limited to) seeking funding to cover the costs of lost property, organizing clean-ups of debris caused by high winds, tornadoes, or any type of explosion, and revising current Emergency Operations Plans to include information learned from the current situation.
This HOPE program is designed to provide low-income tribal members with supplemental assistance during genuine crisis situations, while also increasing the understanding and significance of self-sufficiency in daily living. Financial assistance for food, rent, temporary shelter/lodging, transportation, and utility payments is available to eligible tribal members.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Operations & Maintenance program is responsible for the general upkeep of tribally-owned buildings and grounds. Focusing on professional and efficient service to ensure building safety, comfort, and minimal disruption, our goal is to not only maintain tribal assets but to continually improve the buildings and grounds that we oversee.
The O&M program’s primary function is to provide janitorial, maintenance, and groundskeeping services for all tribally-owned buildings. These services include cleaning, changing light bulbs, plumbing, heating, and air repairs, snow and ice removal, mowing, weed eating, tree or limb removal, light carpentry, hauling and assembling furniture, remodeling offices, and more. In addition, O&M employees are also available to assist other programs with special projects.
The Operations & Maintenance program serves and maintains tribally-owned facilities and grounds in Concho, Canton, Clinton, Watonga, Hammon, Seiling, and Geary. Operations & Maintenance also oversees the operation of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Water Treatment Plant.
It is the mission of the human resources department to develop, implement, and support programs and processes that add value to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and its employees, leading to improved employee welfare, empowerment, growth, and retention, with commitment to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, its employees and prosperity for tribal members.
We will anticipate, understand, and respond in a timely and effective manner to the needs of the staff and employees. We welcome feedback and rely on this to help identify improvements in our processes.
We will exercise patience and sensitivity in dealing with concerns and problems of others. We will be open-minded, forthright, and fair in our interactions with the staff, employees, and one another. We will always respect the confidentiality entrusted to us.
Effective communication is the foundation of our personal and business relationships. We actively seek to understand the perspectives of others by listening with an open mind and communicating honestly, with appropriate direction.
We will make the most of our knowledge, skills, and abilities mastered through our education, training, and experience. In doing so, we will achieve the highest level of employee satisfaction and operational excellence.
We will be solution-oriented, creative, imaginative, and self-reliable when presented with unusual problems, difficult situations, or unanticipated opportunities.
We will cooperate and collaborate with each other, staff and employees. We will be enthusiastic about conducting our daily duties and mindful of the needs of one another, staff and employees. We will interact among ourselves and with others honestly, thereby building relationships based on trust.
New Personnel Policy drug and Alcohol Policy to be Implemented in 2019
Through the work of a Personnel Policy Committee that was established, the policies have been updated and are a professional working document. The policies will be presented to the Legislature for final approval and will become effective in January 2019.
Due to conflict and uncertainty in previous administration regarding the Tribes drug testing policy, tribal employees have not been subject to drug testing for at least 5 years now. Under this administration, a new Drug and Alcohol policy has been written. Employees will receive training on the policies over the next 3 months and employees will begin to adhere to random drug testing starting in January of 2019.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Other than Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal members/Indian Preference, selection for a position will be made without regard to race, sex, color, age, marital status, national origin, or any other non-merit factor.
The Planning and Development Office will strategically create plans for economic growth to enhance the standard of living for tribal communities, by helping to create social, economic and environmental conditions that will protect Cheyenne and Arapaho culture and our natural environment. The Program strives to empower tribal members through participation in the decision making process to help pave the way for a thriving future.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Master Plan & Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
(CEDS) Plan Update
The Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes are excited to announce the initiation of the Master Plan & CEDS Plan Update and invites you to participate in the process. Your participation will help shape the future our community. To learn more about this forward-thinking effort and to get involved, please click the button below.
In March 2018, the Planning and Development (P&D) Program was formed as a result of a merger of two (2) former programs – the Planning Program and the Community Development Program. As a result of this merger, the P&D Program has three (3) components; Research, Grant Writing, and Tribal Expansion and Construction. Also included in the reorganization is the Tribal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Program. The Planning and Development Program offices are located at the Department of Business/P&D building (former Smokeshop building). The program includes a staff of 13 employees including a Director, Assistant Director and support staff.
Research Component: The Tribal Planner is responsible for researching and compiling documents that serve as valuable guidance tools in the tribal planning process, grant writing and economic development projects for the tribe’s future. These documents include: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), Master Plan, Land Use Plan, Base Study, Comprehensive Plan and C&A Tribal Properties booklet.
In 2020, the tribes were awarded a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) book which expired in 2016 and to create a Master Plan for the tribal reserves. The EDA award of $700,000 is a 24-month period project and extends from 4/20-4/22. Upon award, the EDA Coordinator was hired to oversee this grant and coordinate all activities. The CEDS book is a 5 year plan to enhance long-term economic development and promote growth. Activities supported by this award include: Determining tribal resources and needs, analyzing historic land uses, conducting feasibility studies and prioritizing future investments. The Master Plan will encompass assessing the land, businesses, and other assets owned and operated by the Tribes, with the initial focus area being the Concho Reserve, where the tribal headquarters are located. The other tribal reserves will also be assessed to determine feasibility of future investments.
Two (2) employee’s are assigned to coordinate these activities:
Christine Morton, Tribal Planner, Cheyenne and Arapaho, Associates Degree in Sociology. Employed with P&D 3 years; has worked for the tribes for 30+ years in various capacities. Fun Fact: I love to bead, learn my Arapaho Language and spend time with Family.
Hannah Prairie Chief, EDA Coordinator, Cheyenne and Arapaho. Employed with P&D since 10/20; has worked for the tribes for 10 years in various capacities. Fun Fact: I was born in Albuquerque, NM.
Grant Writing Component: The P&D Program staff includes a Grant Research Specialist and three (3) contracted Grant Writers. The Grant Research Specialist’s responsibilities are to research and identify funding opportunities for the purpose of securing grants specifically related to tribal government services and any program improvements. The Grant Writer’s will develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities as well as organize the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to third-party entities for the development, redevelopment and growth of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Since the pandemic began in 2020, the grant writer’s focus has been to seek funding opportunities for CARES Act grants (CDC, HRSA, FEMA) EPA, HUD, BIA, NPS, and other private foundations. Once the pandemic is over and office space expansion is completed, the focus will be on hiring permanent grant writers.
Clinton Ellis, Grant Research Specialist, Cheyenne Tribal Member, Bachelor of Science Degree in History. Employed with P&D since 3/15/21; has worked for the tribes for 6 years in various capacities. Fun Fact: Enjoys playing Xbox in spare time.
Tribal Expansion and Construction Component: This component is responsible for construction projects that help to develop a tribal community with the necessary facilities and supporting infrastructure for programs that will offer services to tribal members. Some of these types of projects can be for health and wellness, head start, child care, substance abuse, or water, sewer, and gas infrastructure.
In May 2020, the Tribes were awarded federal grants from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for new construction costs for COVID-19 issues, and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for Covid-19 issues. The Legislature approved the CARES Act Funds for the new construction of the Concho Food Pantry, Concho Property & Supply Building, Clinton Food Distribution Building, Concho Treasury Department and Clinton EMS & EMP. New Emergency Response Centers (ERC’s) are: Hammon ERC, Kingfisher ERC, Watonga ERC and Woodward ERC.
To address the pandemic, many facilities had improvements and equipment upgrades that would allow them to be easily sanitized and allow for social distancing. These were existing Community Halls in Concho, Canton, Clinton, Geary and Seiling. These improvements would transition them into Emergency Response Centers (ERC’s). The ERC’s will be utilized as a command center to effectively respond to health and medical needs of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. Construction began in July 2020 with an estimated completion date of April 2021.
There are five (5) employee’s who share responsibilities in overseeing the many construction projects going on throughout the tribal reserve at this time.
Damon Dunbar, Director, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member, Masters of Science in Native American Leadership. Employed with P&D 5 years; has worked for the tribes for 21+ years in various capacities. Fun Fact: I enjoy watching movies and snacking on theater buttered popcorn.
Casey Peyton, Assistant Director, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member.
Virginia Richey, Office Manager, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member. Employed with P&D 3 years; has worked for the tribes for 15 years in various capacities. Fun Fact: Friends call me Lou and I am a mother of twins.
Zachary Holt, Field Technician, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member. Has been employed with P&D for 2 years. Fun Fact: I don’t own a pair of flip flops.
Samuel Alex Riffel, Project Manager, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Bachelor of Arts Degree. Employed with P&D for 9 months; has worked with C&A Tribes for 4.5 years in various capacities. Fun Fact: I’m a Roads Scholar.
The Procurement, Grants & Contracts Office is the central department (clearinghouse) responsible for overseeing, monitoring and maintaining an inventory of all federal and state grants and contracts administered by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
In addition, the Procurement, Grants and Contracts Office is responsible for the management of the Procurement Office. The Procurement Office has the responsibility to formulate and implement procurement management procedures and guidelines that ensures systematic practices, procedures and responsibilities for the economical and efficient purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, contracts and services in support of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ programs. These services are provided for in order to expedite the Tribes economic, social, cultural, health, educational, community and development goals.
The following are the new federal purchasing thresholds for all grants and contracts:
Micro Purchases: Informal procurement policies and procedures for goods and services less than $10,000.00 (only one quote is needed).
Small Purchases: Informal Procurement policies and procedures for goods and services that exceed $10,000.00 but is less than $250,000.00 (Two quotes/bids are required).
Major Purchases: Formal Procurement policies and procedures for goods and services that exceed $250,000.00 (Tribal programs/departments are not involved in the Bid Process for ANY purchase that exceeds $250,000.00 – PG&C will solicit for bids).
PROCUREMENT POLICY (REVISION) UPDATE:
The procurement policy has been revised to meet the new OMB Super Circular federal guidelines and was submitted to the legislature for approval. However, the legislature has suggested the policy be reviewed again.
At this time, the PG&C staff has an obligation to follow all federal purchasing requirements, and have implemented the practices of the new OMB Super Circular to meet certain federal grants and contracts purchasing requirements.
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
Total # of Funding Agencies: 11
Total # of Grants and Contracts: 55
Total Amount of Federal & State funding: $32,801,951.00
The total funding amount includes several multi-year grants and contracts awards.
Language & Culture
Elder Lawn Care Service
Developing Responsible Employees Aptitude and Marketing Success
“Through compassion and acquisition of skills, we empower indigenous families to achieve occupational and educational prosperity.” – DREAMS Mission Statement
To increase the effectiveness of employment and training programs the Tribes merged Adult Education program and Employment and Training Program to DREAMS as authorized per Public Law 102-477.
Through the Department of Interior, Public Law 102-477 distributes all funding based on the following grants and contracts: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) P.L. 93:638, Job Placement & Training (JP&T) and Adult Education (AED), and Health and Human Services – Native Employment Works (HHS-NEW). The services provided by these grants and contracts include employment opportunities, career development, training services, employment retention services, and follow up services.
Through positive motivation, we encourage participants to develop an educational base they can build upon to achieve success for their family, their future and themselves.
DREAMS Program services include:
- GED – General Education Diploma
- LIT – Literacy Education
- ABE – Adult Basic Education
- WE – Work Experience
- SYS – Summer Youth Services
- Job Placement & Training
- WRS – Workplace Readiness Skills
- DEA – Direct Employment Assistance
- Career Development
- Driver’s License Reimbursement
- AVT – Adult Vocational Training
- OST – Occupational Skills Training
Community Program Services:
- Parenting Skills
- Life Skills
- ESAL – Education for Senior Adult Learners
DREAMS Application Requirements:
Each applicant will be required to complete a one-on-one Intake Interview when determining eligibility for assistance. Our Intake Interviews average at about 15 minutes, times may vary depending on services requested.
DREAMS provides supplemental funding for training and employment needs.
OUT OF SERVICE AREA TRIBAL MEMBERS may be eligible for assistance if funding is available. Same application process applies.
All Direct Employment Assistance applicants must submit application within 24 hours of hire date. To ensure prompt service before first paycheck, any other required documents (Employment Verification, Survey of Needs, Residence Verification, etc.) must be submitted to the DREAMS Office within 72 hours of application submission.
To begin application, please print Central Intake Form and Privacy Statement:
Department of Labor - Central Intake/Referral Form
Applicants must submit the required documentation with their application:
- Copy of CDIB
- Copy of second ID (could be Driver’s License, SS card, birth certificate [youth only])
- Proof of Residence – (utility bill: water bill, electric bill, gas bill, etc.)
- Proof of income – (a pay stub from within the past six months, TANF benefits page, income tax.)
- Copy of High School Diploma/GED equivalent
- Copy of any training credential or college transcript
- Proof of selective service (males 18+). Go to https://www.sss.gov/ and click on Check Registration. Click on Verify Now. Enter your information in the Online Registration Search grid.
*Above documents are necessary to complete application, regardless of services requested.
Additional documents needed for training assistance, please print Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) and Training Self-Assessment:
Additional documents needed for Direct Employment Assistance (DEA), please print Employment Verification Form, Survey of Needs, and 30-Day Employment Verification Form:
Additional documents needed for Driver’s License Reimbursement, please print Driver’s License Reimbursement Request Form:
**Our Driver’s License Reimbursement services is based on eligibility and limited to one reimbursement per person, per lifetime.
Summer Youth 2021 Application
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes DREAMS Program
P.O. Box 67
Concho, OK 73022
Office | 1.800.247.4612 ext. 27544
TERO requires that all employees who are engaged in operating a business on reservations give preference to qualified Indians in all aspects of employment, contracting, and other business activities. TERO offices were established and empowered to monitor and enforce the requirements of the tribal employment rights ordinance.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes established the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) in 1995 to have regulatory authority over non-governmental employment operating within the boundaries of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal (lands) reservations.
JOB SKILLS BANK
Information provided on the Job Skills Bank Application will be used for TERO referral purposes to better match potential job seekers with jobs that may be suited or related to the desired field and/or experience of the applicant. This application does not replace the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes Employment Application or the Tribes Department of Business Employment Application.
- Social Security Card
- Tribal ID/CDIB
- Valid ID/Valid ID/Valid Driver’s License
INDIVIDUALS MUST UPDATE THEIR JOB SKILLS BANK APPLICATION EVERY SIX (6) MONTHS TO STAY ACTIVE FOR REFERRAL.
To be certified as an Indian Owned Business by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO), to become a certified TERO vendor your business must meet the definitions as they are described in the TERO Certification Application.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
P.O. Box 67
Concho, OK 73022
Office | 1.800.247.4612 ext. 27544
Fax | 405.422.8243
Please contact our DREAMS office for further questions.
Concho | 405.422.7544
DREAMS Office, Annex Rm. 216
100 Red Moon Circle
Concho, OK 73022
LIHEAP assists households with heating (October 1st to March 31st) and cooling (April 1st to September 30th) costs once per season. LIHEAP can pay for up to $300.00 on electricity, propane, or gas bills. Clients cannot receive assistance through DHS’ LIHEAP services in the same season. Eligibility is determined by household size and the entire household’s income. Amount of assistance provided is based on multiple factors, household size, household income, type of utility, and if applicant an is disabled/or elder. Services will need to be in the applicant’s name. Weatherization Starter Kits, Heaters/or Blankets, and A/C Units/or Fans are provided to eligible applicants once person season. Installation is the responsibility of the client. The program is not responsible for damage of broken units and will not provide replacements. Please contact the manufacturer for more information.
- At least one member of a federally-recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe per household
CDIB must be provided
- The household receiving assistance must reside within the eleven (11) county service area
Please contact the caseworker for more information @ 405-422-7476
- Proof of income for all household members over eighteen (18) years of age
Income includes: Check stubs, SSI/SSA/VA award letters, TANF award letters, unemployment benefit statements, child support award letters, & an annual IIM account summary must be included in the proof of income
Those who do not have income must fill out a “No Income Statement” and have it notarized
- Original utility bill
A copy of the bill will be provided to the client
- Accounts must be current and active and cannot already be disconnected
Accounts that are disconnected will be automatically denied
|Social Services||Phone: 405-422-7877||Fax: 405-422-7405||Contact Department|
The Social Service Department administers the General Assistance Program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Food Vouchers Program, and the Individual Indian Money (IIM) Supervised Accounts Program. Services are provided to tribal residents who reside in tribal jurisdiction. These programs strive to promote family unity through economic and social stability and help preserve and maintain the family unit while providing guidance toward self-sufficiency.
General Assistance Caseworker
Supervised IIM Accounts Caseworker
Child Protective Service (CPS)/ Adult Protective Services (APS) Caseworker
Tribal Family Advocate & Prevention Social Worker
Foster Care Worker
Family Violence Advocate
Social Services Coordinator
Social Services Service Area
Below is a complete list of counties and communities that make up the service area for Social Services. Please refer to this when determining eligibility for any Social Services programs.
Beckham: Canute, Elk City, Eric, and Sayre
Blaine: Canton, Carlton, Eagle City, Geary, Greenfield, Hitchcock, Homestead, Hydro, Longdale, Okeene, Southard, and Watonga
Canadian: Calumet, El Reno, Mustang, Piedmont, Union City, and Yukon
Custer: Arapaho, Butler, Clinton, Custer City, Thomas, and Weatherford
Dewey: Aledo, Burmah, Cestos, Fay, Huckmac, Leedey, Oakwood, Putnam, Rhea, Seiling, Taloga, Tran, and Vici
Ellis: Arnett, Catesby, Fargo, Gage, Goodwin, Harmon, and Shattuck
Kingfisher: Cashion, Dover, Hennessey, Kingfisher, Loyal, and Okarche
Major: Ames, Bado, Cedar Springs, Chester, Cleo Spring, Dane, Fairview, Isabella, Meno, Orienta, Orion, Ringwood, and Drummond
Roger Mills: Cheyenne, Hammon, Reydon, and Strong City
Washita: Cloud Chief, Colony, Cordell, Corn, Cowden, Lake Valley, and Rocky
Woodward: City of Woodward ONLY
|CSBG Emergency Cares Act COVID-19|
|90 Day Application|
|Yearly Application/Change of Address|
|Elder Care Brochure|
|Month To Month Verification|
|Vendor Check Agreement|
Program Volunteer Form
|Concurrent High School|
|HIE Scholarship Application|
|Higher Education Gaming Application|
|Rick West Art Scholarship Application|
|Senior Graduation Assistance|
|Central Intake Mail-In|
|Financial Needs Analysis|
|Employment Verification Form|
|30-Day Employment Verification Form|
|Survey of Needs|
|Dreams - TERO|
|TERO Job Skills Bank Application|
|TERO Certification Application|
|Johnson O' Malley|
|JOM Eligibility Requirements|
|JOM Educational Support|
|JOM Gaming Application|
|JOM Honor Club|
|JOM Handbook & Guidelines|
|JOM Program Brochure|
|Out of Service Area|
|Language and Culture|
|Language Program Book|
|License Suitability Standards|
|Personal References for|
|Tribe State of Oklahoma Compact|
|Emergency Medical Services|
|EMS Program Brochure|
|Department of Health|
|CHR Transportation Policy|
|Health Education Team|
|Substance Abuse Treatment|
|CSBG Emergency Cares Act COVID-19|
|Head Start Application|
|Head Start Selection Criteria|
|Adult Change of Address|
|CDIB II |
|Minor Change of Address|
|Relinquishment of |
Tribal Membership Request
|Request Tribal ID|
|DAP Release of |
|DAP Consent for Release of Information|
|Demand Response Flyer|
|2019 Transit Brochure Routes|
|Release of IIM 2019|
|Residence Verification Form of 2019|
|Voter Registration Form|
|Meal & Transportation |
|Next of Kin|
|Department of Treasury|
|Application for Business License|
|Application For Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal|
|Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title|
|Veterans Tag Application|
|Elderly Nutrition Program|
|Native American Caregiver Program Grandparent Application|
|Native American Caregiver Program Elder Caregiver Application|
|Food Distribution Application|
|Change Report Form FY2020|
|Collateral Statement of Unemployment (UES) FY2020|
|Personal Wage Record|
|Verification of Living Arrangements FY2020|
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