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2014 Annual ReportA Report to the People“Chaticks si Chaticks”Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

!" # % %&'(") AMELIA M. EPPLER08/27/1928 - 01/14/2014H. EDWARD MOSES03/25/1948 - 02/09/2014SHERMAN WILDE03/13/1958 - 02/13/2014ROBERT PERRY03/07/1940 - 02/13/2014WILLIAM M. SMITH10/17/1945 - 02/22/2014PRENTISS J. PAHDOCONY03/05/1945 - 03/02/2014ROBERT F. WOOD02/17/1932 - 03/17/2014ALICIA KAY TEFERTILLER03/26/1950 - 04/03/2014DAWN MARIE JOHNSON12/23/1943 - 05/12/2014BRISSA MARIE AGUILERA06/14/1991 - 04/27/2014SONYA CAMILLE EDWARDS10/17/1972 - 05/17/2014JOSEPHINE JAKE06/25/1954 - 04/25/2014RITA S. CHAPMAN10/04/1942 - 06/04/2014EFFIE ALICE CRAVEN01/10/1937 - 06/30/2014GEORGETTE ECHOHAWK MILLER08/21/1933 - 06/28/2014PAMELA ANN BIGPOND07/27/1956 - 06/26/2014LYNN RICE JR.01/24/1947 - 07/20/2014SAMUEL PHILLIP LEFT HAND09/17/1935 - 07/04/2014NORMAN FRANCIS RICE SR.03/16/1936 - 08/26/2014DOLORES AILEEN LOWE04/08/1925 - 08/22/2014KATHLEEN IVY BIRD02/27/1922 - 09/29/2014CARL EUGENE COBB07/27/1954 - 10/22/2014PATRICIA LEE STARR02/15/1934 - 10/25/2014JOYCE KAY MCNEAL10/08/1965 - 11/11/2014THOMAS ELTON KNIFECHIEF03/16/1948 - 11/09/2014LLOYD CHAPMAN12/22/1930 - 11/14/2014CHARLES E. NUTTLE02/09/1937 - 12/06/2014STEPHEN MICHAEL ANDREWS10/22/1961 - 12/01/2014!

This 2014 Annual Report for the Pawnee Nationdemonstrates the progress of the past year. Manyaccomplishments and continued improvements havebeen put in place to help our great Pawnee Nationgrow economically with the goal of sustainability.These developments could not have been achievedwithout tribal member support.We are proud of our Pawnee Nation employees,Pawnee Tribal Development employees and PawneeNation Housing Authority. We thank everyone fortheir continued efforts to advance the lives and theculture of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.3

TABLE OF CONTENTS2In Remembrance3Title Page for Annual Report5Message from the President and Vice-President6Pawnee Business Council7List of Committees and Commissions8Nasharo Council, Pawnee Indian Veterans and War Mothers9Executive Office10Human Resources11Administrative Affairs and Enrollment12Office of Information Technology13Communications14Division of Education16Division of Finance20Elder Center Dedication22Planning Department23Indian Community Development Block Grant24Division of Health and Community Services29Title V1/Elderly Meals31Pawnee Nation Law Enforcement32Division of Natural Resources and Safety33Pawnee Nation District Court34Gaming Commission36Pawnee Nation College4

Message from the President, Pawnee Business CouncilNawa,We are quite proud to get the 3rd Annual Tribal Report tothe Pawnee people to show our endeavors and progresswithin the Pawnee Nation. We have increased our staffand are constantly looking for ways to improve our servicesto the Pawnee people. Looking around the campus, it isvisible that we are working on clean up and our tribalgrounds are being maintained and beautified. It is alwaysgood to see the hard work of all the employees. It is theirwork that makes this the greatest nation on Earth.The Tribal Government is the heartbeat of the Pawnee Nation, along with our vast culture andtraditions. The Tribal Government is accomplishing great things. Please notice all of the differentservices, the finances and the activities of the programs. We have dedicated this report to ourelders for they have taught us how to be Pawnee. The Elders Center has been completed and itmakes a great addition to our campus.We look forward to keeping this annual report going to keep the membership informed on what thePawnee Nation is doing.Thank you to the Pawnee Nation Employees, the Veterans Organization, War Mothers, PocahontasClub, Employees Club and all those who support this great nation. My prayers and best wishes goout to all and may the Lord bless his people and the Pawnee Nation.Marshall R. GoverMessage from the Vice-PresidentNawa,To all of the members of our great Pawnee Nation, I send you greetings.The Pawnee Nation has continued to grow and prosper under the leadership of our President and the Business Council. This booklet contains apart of the activities and business of the Nation over the last year, in it youwill see many things conducted on behalf of the people. Hopefully, youwere involved in some of these activities which took place this last year, ifnot, we need to find a way for all of the tribal members to share and takepart.This booklet helps us to look at this last year but we also continue to look forward to the future andmake plans for the betterment of our Nation. Atius, Creator God, continues to bless and help usbut we need your prayers and suggestions on how we can do better. Your input is very valuableto all of us who work for the Nation.Once again, I thank the employees of our Tribe who work and make an effort to make the PawneeNation a great place.Our continued prayers go out to the many tribal members who have lost loved ones this last yearWe know that Atius has heard and answers all our prayers for you.His richest blessings to all of you,Bruce Pratt5

PAWNEE BUSINESS COUNCILThe supreme governing body of the Pawnee Nation is the Pawnee BusinessCouncil consists of eight (8) members. The Pawnee Business Council exercises allthe inherent, statutory, and treaty powers of the Pawnee Nation by the enactmentof legislation, the transaction of business, and by otherwise speaking or acting onall matters which the Pawnee Nation is empowered to act. All members of thePawnee Business Council are elected to a four-year term of office and serve untiltheir successors are installed in office.(Seated L to R): Misty M. Nuttle, Treasurer; W.Bruce Pratt, Vice-President; Marshall R. Gover,President; Phammie N. Littlesun, Secretary;(Standing L to R) Adrian Spottedhorsechief,Seat #3; Karla Knife Chief, Seat #2; LianaChapman Teter, Seat #4; and Richard Tilden,Seat #1PawneeBusinessCouncil andPawnee NationPrincessFrankie SoxiePawnee BusinessCouncil vs NasharoCouncil in HandgameDecember 296

LIST OF COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONSBudget/Finance CommitteeCulture/Language CommitteeEducation CommitteeElection CommissionEnrollment CommitteeEnvironmental Regulatory CommissionEthics CommitteeGaming CommissionGoverning Documents CommitteeGrievance CommitteeHousing Authority CommissionGround breaking ceremony for the new Elders CenterHuman Resources CommitteeLand Use CommitteeLiquor Control CommitteeMuseum Advisory CommitteeProperty CommitteeProposal Review CommitteePawnee Nation College Board of TrusteesPawnee Service Unit HealthPawnee Business Council hosts Christmasdinner to the EldersPawnee Nation Sports CommissionPawnee Tribal Development Corporation BoardPawnee Nation Tax CommissionPawnee Nation Utility CommissionRepatriation CommitteeTERO CommissionCouncil of the Chilocco TribesTribal Emergency Response CommitteeStanding Bear Memorial RepresentativeElders and staff enjoy the reception for theGrand Opening of the New Nutrition Center7

PAWNEE INDIAN VETERANS ORGANIZATIONCurrent OfficersWilliam Howell - PresidentJean K. Grant - Vice-PresidentPius Spottedhorsechief - SecretaryDr. Gene Evans - TreasurerWalter Lorentz - Flag ManLance LeadingFox - Drum KeeperNASHARO COUNCILMembers are (Standing L to R)Morgan Littlesun, 1st ChiefKitkehahki; Ralph Haymond, 2ndChief Kitkehaki/2nd NasharoChief; Matt Reed, 2nd ChiefChaui; Pat LeadingFox, Sr., 1stChief Skidi(Seated L to R) Jimmy Horn, 1stChief Chaui; Warren Pratt, Jr.,1st Chief Skidi/Head Chief; Francis Morris, 1st Chief Pitahawirataand Lester Sun Eagle, NasharoSecretary/2nd Chief PitahawirataWAR MOTHERS ORGANIZATIONOfficersKathaleen DanielsPresidentDelores RileyVice-PresidentRebecca Littlesun-HawkinsTreasurerDenise MillerSecretary8

EXECUTIVE OFFICEThe Executive Office works closely with the Pawnee Business Council (PBC) by providing support for developing strategic direction, coordinating activities with Council and committees, processing travel, providing oversight of operations and servingas a point of reference for tribal members, funding agencies and other government offices.The Executive Director is responsiblefor day-to-day activities and serves asa liaison between the Pawnee Business Council and staff. The Executive Administrative Assistant and Office Assistant provide valuable support to the Executive Director, to theCouncil and to all of the Nation’s staff.Pictured left to right are Lisa Gover, Pawnee Nation Executive Director;Amber Burger, Office Assistant; Cynthia Butler, Executive Administrative Assistant and Robin Long, Receptionist/AssistantBURIAL ASSISTANCEThe Pawnee Business Council has set the amount for burial assistance in theannual budgeting process. The Executive office also administers the burialassistance.The maximum amount of assistance available for 2015 & 2016 is:A. 4,500 payable to the funeral home for burialB. 500 is payable to the person financially responsible for the burial to beused for immediate needsC. Any costs exceeding these amounts will be the responsibility of the personfinancially responsible for burial costsD. Any funds not expended will be retained in the burial fund2014 burial funds expended: 123,973.37For more information on Burial Assistance, please call the Executive Office at918-762-3621.9

HUMAN RESOURCESThe Human Resource (HR) Office is responsible for allaspects of Human Resource Management for the PawneeNation. Tasks and duties include: advertising vacantpositions, recruiting highly skilled and qualified applicants,managing employee relations, administering benefits plans,developing and deploying policies and procedures,maintaining personnel records, monitoring compliance withtribal, state and federal labor laws and regulations,researching and establishing wage and compensation ratesand providing relevant employee training.Contact:Nicholas J. Wahpepah, HR ManagerNicholas J. Wahpepah, HR ManagerPO Box 470HR serves all eight divisions ofthe Pawnee Nation:Pawnee, OK 74058(918)762-3621 ext.124nwahpepah@pawneenation.orgAdministrative AffairsEducationFinanceEmployment Profile 2014—110 Full Time Pawnee NationEmployeesHealth/CommunityServicesLaw EnforcementNatural Resources andSafetyPlanningTribal ReserveOperations)*

ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS DIVISIONThe Division of Administrative Affairs provides servicesdesigned to support a strong and stable tribal government. The division includes three departments: Enrollment, Information Technology and Communications.Contact:Muriel Robedeaux, Division DirectorPawnee Tribal ReservePawnee, OK 74058Muriel RobedeauxPhone: (918)762-3621 ext. 128ENROLLMENT DEPARTMENTThe Enrollment Departmentprovides assistance to the tribalmembers by providing tribalCertificate Degree of IndianBlood (CDIB) cards, providesverification of tribal membershipfor employment and assists inthe enrollment process formembership. The EnrollmentDepartment also provides clerical assistance to the NasharoCouncil and works with the Finance Office and IT to processthe Pawnee Annual Annuity.* Carrie Peters, Enrollment Manager(918)762-3621 ext. 136* Karen Haymond, Enrollment AssistantPictured above are, left to right: Carrie Peters,Enrollment Manager and Karen Haymond, Enrollment Assistant(918)762-3621 ext. 137Fax: (918)762-4029490 Agency Road, Pawnee, OK 7405811

OFFICE OF INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGYAaron Moss,IT Manager(918)762-3621 ext. 129amoss@pawneenation.orgChristal WindholtzProject Manager(918)762-3621 ext. 132cwindholtz@pawneenation.orgIT staff (left to right): Pius Spottedhorsechief, Desktop Support Specialist; Christal Windholtz, Project Manager; Aaron Moss, IT Managerand Michael Alverson, Network Security SpecialistMichael AlversonNetwork Security Specialist(918)762-3621 ext. 133malverson@pawneenation.orgThe Pawnee Nation Information Technology(PN IT) Department provides strategic ITvision, leadership, security and enterprisesolutions to the Pawnee Nation.PN IT completed the 50 mega byte FiberInternet connection to the tribal officecomplexIT hired Michael Alverson as the newNetwork Security SpecialistProjects included upgrades of the backup VMware server infrastructure, andvarious other updates of our regularservers.12Pius SpottedhorsechiefDesktop Support Specialist(918)762-3621 ext. 122pius@pawneenation.orgBuilding #64881 Little Dee DrivePO Box 470Pawnee, OK 74058

COMMUNICATIONSCommunicationsPO Box 470Pawnee, OK 74058(918)762-3621 ext. ation.orgJeff Harjo, Communications ManagerThe Communications Manager maintains the Pawnee Nation official website andoversees the Official Pawnee Nation Facebook page, Pawnee Nation Educationpage, and Pawnee Nation Elders page. The Communications Manager is the editorand designer of the Chaticks Si Chaticks, the Official publication of the Pawnee Nation.The Communications Office continues to monitor and update the website and socialmedia outlets.A live radio program airs on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 9:00a.m. The program airs live on 1600 KUSH and is available online atwww.1600kush.com.13

DIVISION OFEDUCATIONEmployment and Training ProgramThe Employment and TrainingProgram, commonly referred to as the477 Program, is a program authorizedunder PL 102-477 the IndianEmployment, Training and RelatedServices Demonstration Act. Ourprogram serves Pawnee Tribalmembers and others, to be eligible forPawnee Nation Employment and Training services (E&T), applicants mustcomplete an E&T application, must livewithin Pawnee County or be an enrolled Pawnee tribal member in PayneCounty and meet incomeeligibilityguidelines. A completed IndividualEducation and Employment Plan(IEEP) to assess and understand theparticipant’s goals will bedeveloped.Computer Learning Center andLibraryThe Computer Learning Center andLibrary are open to all programparticipants, Tribal employees andTribal members who complete theemployment and training intakeprocess.Work Experience ProgramThe purpose of the Work ExperienceProgram is to assist adult NativeL-R: Alison Black, Education Director; Martha Only A Chief,THPO Assistant; John Michael KnifeChief, Employmentand Training; Andrew KnifeChief, THPO Officer andChrista Pratt, Learning Center Director.Americans in the attainment of job skills, as well as thelocation and retention of gainful employment. NativeAmerican adults aged 18 and older may be eligible for theWork Experience Program. This program targets adults whohave little or no work experience or who have multiple barriersto employment.A total of 39 eligible Employment and Training participantswere approved for employment in the Work ExperienceProgram in 2014.Supportive Services ProgramThe Supportive Services Program assists eligible NativeAmericans who have obtained a job, but need help with initialexpenses, such as specialized clothing during their jobsearch. Limited funding may also be provided to assist withthe client’s self-sufficiency needs as identified andincorporated in the client’s IEEP.A total of 61 Employment and Training participants wereassisted in the Supportive Services Program.Academic Services Higher Education ProgramThe Higher Education Program is to help eligible Employmentand Training participants with school fees including ClassCertifications at Pawnee Nation College and other institutions.Such certifications include:Te Tu Koo Resources657 Harrison St.PO Box 470Pawnee, OK 74058(918)762-3227 - Phone(918)762-3662—FaxShort-term training at Pioneer Technology CenterNursing Certification at Pioneer Technology CenterMedical Coding Certification at Pawnee Nation CollegeOther assistance includes subsidizing an ElectricalContractor License Fee (for state certification exam).14

Pawnee Nation Undergraduate ScholarshipProgramSummer Youth ProgramThirty youth participating in the Summer Youthwere placed at worksites throughout PawneeNation and the community. Of those participants,19 are completing high school and seven areattending college in the fall.This program provides supplemental financial assistance to enrolled members of the Pawnee Nationpursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited institutions of higher learning. Applicants must meet therequirements specified in the application packet(available from the Learning Center).Museum of the Pawnee NationFall 2014 SemesterMuseum Board of DirectorsOf a total of 71 Higher Education applications received, 68 applicants were approved for scholarshipfunding in the fall 2014 semester. Four Pawnee students graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in 2014.Matt Reed - Board ChairNAHASDASteve KnifeChief - MemberThe Pawnee Housing Authority and Pawnee Nationin collaboration with the Pawnee Nation Educationdivision announced the Native American HousingAssistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996scholarship opportunity for students who are currently enrolled in: Vo-Tech (certificate Seeking) or anAssociate’s, Bachelor’s, graduate program and whohave a permanent residence within the Pawnee Nation jurisdiction. This award is meant to help easethe costs of housing while students are in pursuit ofa skilled labor certificate or a higher education. Applicants must meet requirements specified in the application packet (available from the Learning Center).Austin Realrider - MemberSonny Howell - MemberPatsy Cooper - MemberJonas Smith - Museum Attendant/TechnicianMissionIn collaboration with the Office of Tribal HistoricPreservation and the Education Department, themission of the Museum of the Pawnee Nation is toidentify, preserve, document and display significant and appropriate materials relevant to our history and culture as Pawnee people. Also, to be ofservice to the Pawnee Nation, its members andnon-members alike who are interested in learningand preserving the Pawnee Nation’s history, culture and traditions.Of a total of 16 NAHASDA applications received,13 applicants were approved for scholarshipfunding in the fall 2014 semester.ServicesAcquisition and Preservation Displays/ExhibitsElders and Family Video/Audio InterviewsPawnee Language DiscsAnnual Art ShowsPawnee Family Research and GenealogyYOUTH SERVICESJohnson O’Malley (JOM) ServicesEligible Students are assisted with school feesranging from science, home economics and art fees.JOM specifically recognized 8 seniors at PawneeHigh School. All 8 graduates plan on attendingcollege.For additional information contact:Pawnee Nation Cultural Learning Center/Museum657 Harrison St.After School Homework Assistance ProgramPawnee, OK 74058Fifteen students attend the After School HomeworkAssistance Program, ensuring that these studentsare turning in assignments and are understandinghomework instructions.(918)762-2180 - Phone(918)762-2165—Fax15

DIVISION OF FINANCEFinance staff: back row, L-R are Laura Melton, Grants and Contracts; Nancy Moore, Accountant;Janet Mulder, Accounts Payable Clerk; Cairene Smith, Accounts Payable Clerk and Freida Pratt,Payroll. Front row L-R are Wesley Twins, Finance Director and James Rice, AccountantCONTACT INFORMATIONWesley Twins, Finance DirectorFreida Pratt, Payroll Clerk(918)762-3621, ext. 119(918)762-3621 orgJanet Mulder, A/P ClerkNancy Moore, Accountant(918)762-3621 ext.121(918)762-3621 .orgCairene Smith, A/P ClerkJames Rice, Accountant(918)762-3621 ext. 120(918)762-3621 ext. ilding 64 Administration Building * 881 Little Dee Drive * Pawnee, Oklahoma 7405816

2014 Tribal Appropriations17

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The Division of Finance includes the TaxDepartment and the Grants and ContractsOffice. The division provides accurate andtimely financial reports to support the PawneeBusiness Council, the Executive Director andthe Pawnee Nation’s division and programdirectors to aid in management decisions thataffect the Pawnee Nation and its members. Thedivision is responsible for the timely processingof the Nation’s expenditures and revenuereceipts. Finance is responsible for payroll,paying vendors, collecting revenue and taxes andrecording receipts and expenditures, andassisting the Nation’s division and programdirectors in the maintenance of their operatingbudgets. Grants and Contracts providesmonitoring of the Nation’s programs andcontracts to ensure compliance.The Finance Division strives to provide efficient,courteous and equitable service to members andemployees of the Nation. The goal of theFinance Division is to achieve a strong and stableinternal control system over financial reportingand to provide useful budget information for allthe Nation’s assets and resources. This willensure strong monitoring and compliance for ourgrants and contracts.GRANTS & CONTRACTSThe Grants & Contracts Officemaintains the original documentsof all funded grants and contractsfrom various funding agenciesand monitors these programs forcompliance.Laura Melton, G&C Manager(918)762-3621 ext. 123lmelton@pawneenation.orgTAX DEPARTMENTGrants and Awards for 2014BIA: Tribal Court, Law Enforcement, Fire Response, Court LawLibrary, Aid To Tribal Government, Indian Child WelfareNational Parks Service: NAGPRA Training Grant, Tribal HistoricPreservationDepartment of Labor: 477 Higher EducationAdministration on Aging: Title VI A Nutrition, Title VI C Caregiver,Title VI Nutrition Supplement InitiativeAdministration for Children and Families: Child Welfare Services,Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Child Care Development Fund-Discretionary and Mandatory, LIHEAP, Community Services BlockGrantCenter for Disease Control: CDC Pawnee PrideCecelia Hawkins, Assistant and Lyle Fields, Tax ManagerEqual Employment Opportunity CommissionCONTACT INFORMATION:EPA: Water Pollution Control, Non Point Source, EPA GeneralAssistance ProgramLyle Fields, Manager(918)762-3621 ext. 138Oklahoma Dept of Transportation: Indian Reservation RoadsHUD: ICDBG Elder Center, PN Resource Centerlfields@pawneenation.orgMuseum of Library Services: Library ServicesCecelia Hawkins, Assistant(918)762-3621 ext. 139OKC IHS: Community Health Representative, Substance Abuse,Health Education, Housekeeping and Grounds Maintenancechawkins@pawneenation.orgIHS: Special DiabetesUS Department of Justice: Violence Against WomenUS Department of Transportation: Tribal TransitUS Department of Agriculture: Food DistributionDepartment of Education: Native American Career and TechnicalEducation Program (NACTEP)490 Agency Road * Pawnee OK 74058The Pawnee Tax Department issues tribal vehicle tags,collects sales tax fees on merchandise sold on triballands and issues tribal business permits for tobacco,jewelry, food vendors and others conducting business onPawnee lands.19

PAWNEE NATION ELDERSThe center section of this report is dedicatedto the Pawnee Nation Elders.At the beginning of this year the elders have moved into a new facility on the south of thePawnee Nation Campus. It is a great edition to the beautification of our reservation.Our elders are what has transformed our past for survival in todays society. It was ourelders who have paved the way to ensure that our traditions and ceremonies were not lost.They bring forth great wisdom on life lessons through their teachings of love andcompassion. Sometimes we say it is tough love but it has molded generations todemonstrate those lessons with respect and graciousness. Learning from their elders how tocare for the land and one another through acts of kindness as well. Teaching us the walk oflife and to always look to Atius for guidance.As we learn from the path that our elders have paved, we walk with a little more pride thatone day we will be considered wise and most of all respected. It is our elders who havetaught us to be only who we can be, who we are proud to be associated as and that isPawnee. That is what has molded this great nation into the greatest nation on earth.20

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PLANNING AND TRIBAL DEVELOPMENTThe Division of Planning and Tribal Development currently includes the Planning office and the IndianCommunity Development Block Grant office. ThePlanning office holds the Planning Division Director,who is responsible for overseeing each of these offices. The Planning office is responsible for new program development and technical assistance to program directors in preparing new and continuation proposals.The Planning office also works with the Executive Director and the Pawnee Business Council on strategicplanning for new program development and/or fundraising opportunities. The office of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBC) grants, thesegrants are construction projects awarded through theNative American program of the Housing and UrbanDevelopment (HUD).Tiffany Frietze, Planning Director/Division DirectorPlanning and Tribal Development works with the Division of Education on two grant proposals: NAGPRAConsultation/Documentation and First Nations’ NativeYouth and Culture Fund.Planning and Tribal Development also works with theDepartment of Transportation on Tribal TransportationProgram Safety Funds and Transportation InvestmentGenerating Economic Recovery.The Planning office submitted grant proposals on behalf of the Division of Health & Community Servicesand Partnerships to Improve Community Health(PICH). The Pawnee Nation received PICH fundingfrom the Centers for Disease Control.The Partnerships to Improve Community Healthwas one of the sponsors for the Annual Tribal Employees Fun Day Competition. Pictured above arethe 2nd place team winners in the Employee FunDay Competition.Pawnee Nation received the ICDBG Award for a Resource Center and worked with the Learning Centeron an Early Head Start Program grant proposal.Contact Information:Address:Tiffany Frietze, Planning Director881 Little Dee Drivetfrietze@pawneenation.orgPawnee, OK 74058(918)762-3621 ext.12722

INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (ICDBG)CONTACT INFORMATION:Reva Howell, Coordinatorrhowell@pawneenation.org(918)762-3621 ext. 194Address:881 Little Dee DrivePawnee, OK 74058Reva Howell, ICDBG CoordinatorThe Pawnee Nation ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viableIndian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons.The ICDBG Program just completed the Pawnee Nation Elder Center and is now starting on the Pawnee Nation Resource Center (PNRC).The new facility will house a Resource Library, Indian Child Welfare (ICW) offices and a new state-of-the-artconference/media room. The PNRC will be located just east of the Pawnee Nation Law Enforcement Center.FY 2014 Project - Pawnee Nation Resource CenterAward Notification was made on October 1, 2014Selected Architect/Engineering firm: Anishinabe DesignProject status: currently in design phaseProjected completion: Spring 2016A rendering of the new Pawnee Nation Resource Center (PNRC)23

HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISIONThe Community Health Representative (CHR)and Health Education Program provide an arrayof health based services to the both the Tribaland non-Tribal communities within Pawnee County. The overall goal for both of these programs isto advocate for and enhance the quality of life ofthe people we serve. This year brought in newstaff for the programs as follows: Jamie Jestes,Program Coordinator; Jasha Lyons, Administrative Assistant and Raelyn Peters, Generalist/Driver. Staff member, Sharon Swartz, has beenemployed with the CHR program for over tenyears and continues to faithfully serve as a Generalist/Driver.Co-Hosted the Disaster Preparedness Training in collaboration with Pawnee NationEmergency ManagerBreast Cancer Awareness —Pink Out Dayand awareness walkCo-Hosted the Pawnee Nation Walking andRunning club with the Diabetes and PawneePride ProgramsThe LIHEAP, CSBG, Elders, Handicap andEmergency assistance programs are also administered through the CHR/Health EducationOffice. These programs provide utility, housing,medical, dental, optometry, audiology, smallhome repairs and prescription assistance to eligible applicants throughout the year.Both programs host community educationalevents at least once per quarter and the programs were able to host and/or participate in several fun events throughout the year. Year-roundprogram activities include:Provide transportation for eligible clientele toand from medical appointmentsProvide medication and medical supplies pickup and delivery from Indian Health Serviceand local pharmaciesConduct home visits to homebound clienteleProvide stipends for transportation to assistdialysis patientsProvide weekly blood pressure and blood sugar screening at the Title VI Elders Center incollaboration with the Diabetes Program.CHR Staff pictured left to right: Raelynn Peters,Generalist/Driver; Jasha Lyons, AdministrativeAssistant; Jamie Jestes, Program Coordinatorand Sharon Swartz, Generalist/DriverHosted two blood drives in collaboration withAmerican Red CrossHosted the annual Pawnee Nation Health Fairduring the Veteran’s Homecoming PowwowPawnee Nation CHR/HE ProgramWichita Visitation—hosted games and activities for participants and collaborated with Diabetes and Substance Abuse Programs to provide a healthy lunch(918)762-4641400 Agency RoadCHR staff co-sponsored the Pawnee Nationstaff fun dayPawnee, OK 7405824

TIHIRASA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAMTihirasa Domestic Violence Program is a confidential support service for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalkingand human trafficking. We serve all of PawneeCounty regardless of age, economic status, race,religion, or education background. We prioritizeNative American women and members of the nation. Our mission is to provide prevention andawareness and increase victim safety and offender accountability. The program provides manyservices including education, safety planning,transportation to shelter or relevant appointments,court advocacy and anonymous phone or textconsultation. We also have community ev

Thank you to the Pawnee Nation Employees, the Veterans Organization, War Mothers, Pocahontas Club, Employees Club and all those who support this great nation. My prayers and best wishes go out to all and may the Lord bless his people and the Pawnee Nation. Marshall R.

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