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Oklahoma Tribal Resources

Bookmark this page for information about the 38 federally recognized tribes (and one still seeking recognition) located within the state of Oklahoma. Each tribe’s tab contains a basic overview of the nation and details about its government, including upcoming tribal elections and contact information.

Information on this page is subject to change as election dates come and go, and we encourage users to visit each tribe’s own website to verify that details listed here remain up to date.

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The Absentee Shawnee are governed by a five-member Executive Committee. On this committee sits the tribe’s governor, lieutenant governor, secretary, treasurer and representative.

The positions of governor and secretary serve two-year terms. All other members of the Executive Committee serve one-year terms. Justices for the Absentee Shawnee Supreme Court are appointed and approved by the Executive Committee.

The Absentee Shawnee population is about 3,000 people, about 2,500 of whom live within Oklahoma.

Election information

Governor: John Johnson

Date of next election: 06/15/2024

Election Commission website:  click here

Contact information

Address: 2025 S Gordon Cooper Dr, Shawnee, OK 74801

Phone: 405-275-4030

Website: astribe.com

The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town’s government operates several federal contract and grant programs and is working to gain land and facilities for the tribe. It is headed by the tribe’s chief, who serves a four year term.

Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town citizens — about 370 in total — also receive dual citizenship in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Election information

Chief: Nelson Harjo

Date of next election: 05/01/2021

Contact information

Address: 101 E. Broadway Wetumka, OK 74883

Phone: 405 452-3987

Website: alabama-quassarte.org

The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma’s Business Committee is made up of five elected members — the chairman, vice chairman, secretary/treasurer and two other committee members. All members of the Business Committee serve two-year terms.

The tribe’s enrollment is about 2,260.

Election information

Chairman: Bobby Komardley

Date of next election: 03/19/2022

Contact information

Address: 511 E. Colorado St., Anadarko, OK 73005

Phone: 405-247-9493

Website: apachetribe.org

The Caddo Nation is governed by a Tribal Council whose members are elected by eligible citizens. This council is led by the tribe’s chairman and has seven other positions, including vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and representatives for Oklahoma City, Binger, Fort Cobb and Anadarko.

Caddo Nation elections are carried out and monitored by a five-member Election Board. Officer elections must be announced no later than 60 days but no earlier than 80 days prior to an election date, and issue elections must be announced between 30 and 50 days prior. The Caddo Nation population is about 6,000.

Election information

Chairman: Tamara Francis Fourkiller

Date of next election: TBD

Election Board website: click here

Contact information

Address: 117 Memorial Ln, Binger, OK 73009

Phone: 405-656-2344

Website: mycaddonation.com

The Cherokee Nation’s tripartite government is based in the nation’s capitol, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Its executive branch is responsible for providing services to citizens through the principal chief, deputy principal chief and their cabinet. A 17-member Tribal Council oversees the tribe’s legislative duties, and Cherokee courts handle cases occurring in the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.

Both the executive and legislative branches are made up of elected officials, all of whom serve four-year terms. The Cherokee Nation has about 385,000 enrolled citizens, with about 255,000 living within Oklahoma and about 141,000 in the 14-county reservation in northeast Oklahoma.

Election information

Principal Chief: Chuck Hoskin, Jr.

Date of next General Election: 6/22/2023

Election Commission website: click here

Contact information

Address: 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah, OK 74464

Phone: 918-453-5000

Website: https://www.cherokee.org/

Media: Cherokee Phoenix

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The power of government in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is divided between four branches — the Tribal Council, the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. The Tribal Council is made up of all enrolled tribal members over the age of 18, and it has the power to set policy, authorize the governor to enter into treaties/compacts, approve the annual budget and establish its own rules of order and procedure.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho’s eight-member Legislature serves four-year terms of service. The executive branch consists of the governor and lieutenant governor, who run on a ballot together and serve four-year terms. The tribe’s population totals about 12,200.

Election information

Governor: Reggie Wassana

Date of next election: Primary, 10/2021; General, 11/2021

Election Commission website: click here

Contact information

Address: 100 Red Moon Cir, Concho, OK 73022

Phone: 405-262-0345

Website: cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

The Chickasaw Nation’s three-department system of government consists of an executive headed by Gov. Bill Anoatubby, a Legislature composed of 13 elected representatives and a judiciary including three Supreme Court justices who are popularly elected.

The governor and lieutenant governor are elected to four-year terms. Representatives and Supreme Court justices serve for three years. The Chickasaw Nation’s enrolled population is about 49,000.

Election information

Governor: Bill Anoatubby

Date of next election: 07/25/2023

Election Office and voter registration website: click here

Contact information

Address: 520 E. Arlington, Ada, Oklahoma 74820

Phone: 580-436-2603

Website: chickasaw.net

Headquartered in Durant with its past capital in Tuskahoma, the Choctaw Nation operates a three-branch system of government.

Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. control the executive branch and are elected to four-year terms. The Choctaw Nation’s 12 district representatives, who make up the Tribal Council, also serve four-year terms. The Choctaw Nation’s court system is made up of a single-judge trial court and a three-member appellate court.

The tribe’s overall enrollment is about 223,300 with about 84,700 citizens living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Gary Batton

Date of next election: 07/08/2023

Tribal elections website: click here

Voter registration website: click here

Contact information

Address: 1802 Chukka Hina, Durant, OK 74701

Phone: 800-522-6170

Website: choctawnation.com

The government of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation consists of a three-person executive branch and a 16-person Legislature, which includes the three members of the executive branch.

Executive officers serve four-year terms, as do the tribe’s other legislators. The other 13 members of the Tribal Legislature are elected from five Oklahoma districts and eight districts representing tribal members in the rest of the United States.

The tribe’s enrolled population is about 29,200, with about 10,300 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chairman: John “Rocky” Barrett

Date of next election: 06/26/2021

Elections Commission website: click here

Contact information

Address: 1601 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. Shawnee, OK 74801

Phone: 405-275-3121

Website: potawatomi.org

The Comanche Nation is governed by its Tribal Council, which is made up of every enrolled member over the age of 18. Collectively, this Tribal Council elects seven government officials — the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary/treasurer and four committeemen (who collectively are called the Comanche Business Committee). These officials are expected to carry out the Comanche Nation’s constitutional mission — defining, establishing and safeguarding the rights, powers and privileges of the tribe and its members.

The Tribal Administrator, who is also elected by the Tribal Council, oversees the day-to-day operations of the tribal government. The Comanche Nation has about 17,000 enroll citizens, about 7,000 of whom reside in the Lawton area.

Election information

Chairman: William Nelson Sr.

Date of next election: 05/31/2021

Election Office website: click here

Contact information

Address: 584 N.W. Bingo Road Lawton, OK 73507

Phone: 580-492-3240

Website: comanchenation.com

Formerly known as the Absentee Delaware, the Anadarko-based Delaware Nation’s executive committee is made up of six members — the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and two other elected committee members. The nation features an administration office that “serves as the liaison between the executive committee and the program directors.”

Elections are held every four years, and the Delaware Nation’s enrolled population is about 1,700, with about 1,100 living in Oklahoma.

Election information

President: Deborah Dotson

Date of next election: 06/30/2021

Contact information

Address: 31064 State Highway 281 Building 100 Anadarko, OK 73005

Phone: 405-247-2448

Website: delawarenation.com

The governing body of the Delaware Tribe of Indians is the Tribal Council, which has seven members, including the tribe’s chief.

Elections are held every two years on the first Saturday of November. The chief and the three other council members who receive the highest number of votes cast serve for four years, and the remaining three council members serve for two years.

Election information

Chief: Chester Brooks

Date of next election: 11/05/2022

Contact information

Address: 170 N Barbara Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74006

Phone: 918-337-6590

Website: delawaretribei.org

The government of the Eastern Shawnee is divided into three branches. The executive branch consists of the chief, the legislative branch consists of the Eastern Shawnee Business Committee and the judicial consists of the Eastern Shawnee Judiciary.

The chief and all members of the Business Committee (the second chief, the secretary, the treasurer and three council persons) are elected to four-year terms.

The Eastern Shawnee’s population is about 2,800, with about 900 living in Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Glenna J. Wallace

Date of next election: 09/10/2022

Contact information

Address: 10080 S Bluejacket Rd, Wyandotte, OK 74370

Phone: 918-238-5151

Website: estoo-nsn.gov

Also spelled “Yuchi,” the Euchee Tribe based in Sapulpa has historical ties to eastern Tennessee. The tribe has long sought federal recognition without success. Many Euchee tribal members are enrolled citizens of other federally recognized nations, and the Dawes Commission classified Euchee as members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for land allotment.

Nine Euchee bands were moved to Indian Territory, and the remaining three ceremonial grounds are located in Tulsa and Creek counties. Beyond a Facebook page, the Euchee appear to lack a sustained online presence.

Election information

Chairman: Andrew Skeeter

Date of next election: TBD

Contact information

Address: 804 E Taft ,Ste H, Sapulpa, OK 74067

Phone: 918-224-3140

Facebook: click here

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe’s Business Committee is composed of six members — the chairman, vice chairman, secretary-treasurer and three other elected committee members. These committee members all serve two year terms.

The tribe’s budget is approved in annual meetings of the General Council, which is made up of every enrolled tribal member over the age of 18, which is about 650 people.

Election information

Chairwoman: Lori Gooday Ware

Date of next election: 10/01/2021

Contact information

Address: 43187 US Highway 281, Apache, OK 73006

Phone: 580-588-2298

Website: fortsillapache-nsn.gov

A Business Committee composed of five elected members represents the officers selected every two years by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s General Council, which includes every tribal member over the age of 18.

The Business Committee consists of the tribe’s chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer and one additional elected committee member. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has about 800 enrolled members, and its daily operations are overseen by a tribal administrator.

Election information

Chairman: Edgar Kent

Date of next election: 06/05/2021

Contact information

Address: 335588 E. 750 Rd. Perkins, OK. 74059

Phone: 405-547-2402

Website: bahkhoje.com

Seven elected officials make up the Kaw Nation’s Tribal Council, which is responsible for representing, negotiating, regulating and otherwise serving the tribe’s members.

These officials include the tribe’s chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and four other elected officials. While the chairperson must preside over all Tribal Council meetings, they must only vote on proposed legislation if that vote is needed to break a tie.

Of the Kaw Nation’s roughly 3,600 enrolled citizens, about 1,400 live within the state of Oklahoma.

Election information

Chair: Lynn Williams

Date of next election: 09/30/2021

Election Board website: click here

Contact information

Address: 698 Grandview Dr. Kaw City, OK

Phone: 580-269-2552

Website: kawnation.com

Based in Wetumka, the Kialegee Tribal Town’s government features a chief executive, or Mekko, who is elected every two years and is assisted by warriors, a treasurer and a secretary.

This executive body is responsible for providing services to the tribe, which features a population of about 700.

Election information

Mekko: Brian Givens

Date of next election: 06/10/2021

Contact information

Address: 627 E. HWY 9 Wetumka, OK 74883

Phone: 405-452-3262

Website: kialegeetribal.webstarts.com

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma’s supreme governing body, the Kickapoo Council, is comprised of every tribal member over the age of 21 residing in Oklahoma.

This council is responsible for electing the five officers of the Business Committee – the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and one councilman. These officers are elected to two year terms.

The tribe features about 2,600 members, about 1,900 of whom live in Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: David Pacheco

Date of next election: TBD. As of February 2021, the tribe’s elections page has not been updated since 2016.

Elections website: click here

Contact information

Address: 105365 S. HWY 102, Mcloud, OK 74851

Phone: 405-964-2075

Website: kickapootribeofoklahoma.com

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma is run by a chairman, an assistant chairman and seven tribal legislators, each representing one of the tribe’s legislative districts. Kiowa elections are overseen by a four-member election commission.

Election information

Chairman: Matthew Komalty

Date of next election: 06/04/2022

Election Commission website: click here

Contact information

Address: PO Box 369, Carnegie, OK 73015, US

Phone: 580-654-2300

Website: kiowatribe.org

The Miami Nation is governed by the tribe’s Business Committee, which is made up of the chief, second chief, secretary-treasurer and two councilpersons. All of these officers are elected to three-year terms.

The officers are responsible for appointing subordinate committees and representatives, enacting ordinances and resolutions, employing legal council, transacting business and speaking and acting on behalf of the tribe.

The tribe’s judicial branch includes a district court and an appellate court. The Miami Nation features about 4,400 citizens, with about 800 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Douglas G. Lankford

Date of next election: 06/25/2022

Contact information

Address: 3410 P. Street, Miami, OK 74354

Phone: 918-541-1300

Website: miamination.com

There are three elected officials in the Modoc Nation’s government — the chief, the second chief and the secretary/treasurer. Elections are held every four years.

The Modoc Nation’s roughly 200 citizens share common ancestry with the Klamath Tribes in Oregon.

Election information

Chief: Bill Follis

Date of next election: 05/07/2022

Contact information

Address: 22 N. Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, OK 74354

Phone: 918-541-1190

Website: modoctribe.com

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s government is composed of an executive branch, a legislative body and a tribal court system.

The executive branch is made up of the principal chief and the second chief (both of whom are elected to four-year terms) and their cabinet. Those executives oversee government services.

The legislative body, called the National Council, is made up of 16 elected representatives. In the judicial branch, Supreme Court justices are appointed by the principal chief and confirmed by the National Council. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has a population of about 86,000.

Election information

Chief: David Hill

Date of next election: 09/21/2023

Election Board website: click here

Contact information

Address: Hwy 75 & Loop 56, Okmulgee, OK 74447

Phone: 800-482-1979

Website: www.mcn-nsn.gov

Media: Mvskoke Media

The government of the Osage Nation consists of three branches. An executive branch, headed by a principal chief and an assistant principal chief, oversees the execution of laws created by the nation’s legislative branch.

That legislative branch includes the Osage Nation Congress, made up of 12 representatives elected at large (not to represent specific districts). The Osage Nation’s Trial Court and Supreme Court make up the nation’s judicial branch.

The Osage Nation has a population of about 20,000 citizens with about 6,800 living in Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Geoffrey Standing Bear

Date of next election: 07/02/2022

Contact information

Address: 1449 Main Street, Pawhuska, OK 74056

Phone: 918-287-5538

Website: osagenation-nsn.gov

The Tribal Council is the elected government body of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, and the council’s primary duties are to enforce tribal laws and policy as well as make decisions regarding the tribe’s budget and investments.

The Tribal Council’s seven officials (the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and three additional council members) all serve three-year staggered terms. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe has a population of about 3,100 citizens.

Election information

Chairman: John Shotton

Date of next election: 11/01/2022.

Election Board website: click here

Contact information

Address: 8151 Hwy 177, Red Rock, OK 74651

Phone: 877-692-6863

Website: omtribe.org

The Ottawa Tribe’s Business Council is its main governing body. It is made up of a chief, a second chief, a secretary/treasurer and two council members. These officials are responsible for performing business transactions and otherwise speaking and acting on behalf of the tribe.

Grievances between tribal members relating to the conduct of tribal officials are handled by the five members of the Grievance Committee, who are also popularly elected. This committee also serves to protect the rights of tribal members and handles disputes of any provision of the Ottawa Constitution or resolution of the Business Committee.

The Ottawa Tribe’s population is about 2,500 with about 700 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Ethel Cook

Date of next election: 05/06/2023

Election information website: click here

Contact information

Address: 13 S. 69 A, Miami, OK 74354

Phone: 918-540-1536

Website: ottawatribe.org

The Business Council is the supreme governing body of the Pawnee Nation. It is composed of eight elected officials, including the tribe’s president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and four additional council members. All members are elected to four-year staggered terms.

The Pawnee Nation’s population is about 3,200 citizens.

Election information

President: Walter Echo-Hawk

Date of next election: 05/06/2023.

Contact information

Address: 881 Little Dee Dr., Pawnee, OK  74058

Phone: 918-762-3621

Website: pawneenation.org

The Peoria Tribe is governed by a seven-member Business Council, which consists of the tribe’s chief, second chief, secretary, treasurer and three councilmen. These officials serve four-year terms.

The Peoria Tribe has a population of about 2,900 people, about 800 of whom live within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Craig Harper

Date of next election: 03/05/2022

Contact information

Address: 118 S. Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, OK 74354

Phone: 918-540-2535

Website: peoriatribe.com

The governing body of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma is a seven-member Business Committee elected by tribal members every four years.

The Business Committee then selects from its own membership a chairman and a vice chairman and from within or outside of its membership a secretary/treasurer. The tribe features a district court.

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma has a population of about 3,800 people.

Election information

Chairman: Oliver Little Cook

Date of next election: 12/02/2023.

Contact information

Address: 20 White Eagle Drive, Ponca City, OK 74601

Phone: 580-762-8104

Website: ponca.com

The Quapaw Nation is governed by a Business Committee composed of seven members, each serving a two-year staggered term.

The tribe’s chairman, vice chairman and secretary/treasurer all sit on the Business Committee along with four other elected council members.

The tribe features a population of about 3,200, with about 900 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Joseph Tali Byrd

Date of next election: 07/14/2021

Voter Registration website: click here

Contact information

Address: 5681 South 630 Road, Quapaw, OK 74363

Phone: 918-542-1853

Website: quapawtribe.com

The Sac and Fox Nation is governed by a Business Committee consisting of the principal chief, second chief, secretary, treasurer and one council member.

The principal chief, second chief and council member are elected to four-year terms, and the secretary and treasurer are elected to two-year terms.

The Sac and Fox Nation has a population of about 3,800, about 2,600 of whom live within Oklahoma.

Election information

Principal Chief: Justin Wood

Date of next election: 09/30/2023.

Contact information

Address: 920883 S. Hwy 99 Bldg A, Stroud, OK 74079

Phone: 918-968-3526

Website: sacandfoxnation-nsn.gov

The executive duties of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma are carried out by the tribe’s chief and assistant chief. The legislative duties are handled by a 28-member General Council of elected representatives and their secretary.

The chief oversees meetings of the General Council but does not vote in General Council meetings except in the case of a tie.

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma features about 18,800 citizens, about 13,500 of whom live in Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Greg P. Chilcoat

Date of next election: 07/10/2021

Contact information

Address: 36645 US-270, Wewoka, OK 74884

Phone: 405-257-7200

Website: www.sno-nsn.gov

The Seneca-Cayuga Nation is governed by a seven-member Business Committee composed of the tribe’s chief, second chief, secretary/treasurer and four other popularly elected councilpersons. Elections are held every four years with a recent election occuring at the end of January 2021.

The tribe has about 5,000 citizens, with about 1,200 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Sarah Channing

Date of next election: 06/01/2024

Contact information

Address: 23701 S. 655 Rd, Grove, OK 74344

Phone: 918-787-5452

Website: sctribe.com

The Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma features a Tribal Council composed of all enrolled members of the tribe. The council elects a chief and second chief to four-year terms, as well as a secretary and treasurer and seven other members of a Business Council.

The tribe’s population is about 10,000, with about 1,100 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Benjamin Barnes

Date of next election: 09/2023.

Contact information

Address: 29 S Hwy 69A, Miami, OK 74354

Phone: 918-542-2441

Website: shawnee-tribe.com

The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town is governed by its Business Committee, which is made up of five elected officials and five appointed advisors.

The five elected officials, which include the Town King, two warriors, a secretary and a treasurer, serve four-year terms. These elected officials appoint the members of the Advisory Council. The Town King is responsible for carrying out the orders of the Business Committee.

The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town has about 800 members, with about 700 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

Town King: Ryan Morrow

Date of next election: TBD

Contact information

Address: 109009 N. 3830 Rd., Okemah, OK 74859

Phone: 918-560-6198

Website: www.tttown.org

There are three elected officials making up the Tonkawa Tribe’s supreme governing body — the president, the vice president and the secretary-treasurer. Collectively, these officers are called the Tribal Business Committee. All officers are elected to two-year terms.

The Tonkawa Tribe has about 600 members.

Election information

President: Russell Martin

Date of next election: 04/03/2023.

Contact information

Address: 1 Rush Buffalo Road, Tonkawa, OKlahoma 74653

Phone: 580-628-2561

Website: tonkawatribe.com

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is governed by a 13-member Tribal Council.

Four officers sit on the council, including the chief, the assistant chief, the treasurer and the secretary. These officers serve four-year terms. The council’s remaining nine members are district representatives elected to two-year terms. Meetings of the Tribal Council have been live streamed on the tribe’s website since 2018.

The United Keetoowah Band has about 14,000 enrolled tribal citizens. Citizenship is limited to individuals who are at least one-fourth Cherokee.

Election information

Chief: Joe Bunch

Date of next election: TBD; Recent election in November 2020

Election Board website: click here

Contact information

Address: 18300 W. Keetoowah Circle, Tahlequah, OK 74464

Phone: 918-871-2800

Website: https://www.ukb-nsn.gov/

Seven officers are elected by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes’ Tribal Council, which is made up of every tribal member over the age of 18.

These seven positions — which include the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and three councilpersons — are all elected to four-year terms. Collectively, they are known as the Executive Committee.

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes’ population is about 3,000, with about 2,000 living within Oklahoma.

Election information

President: Terri Parton

Date of next election: 2024

Election Procedures website: click here

Contact information

Address: PO Box 729 1 1/4 Miles North on Hwy 281, Anadarko, OK 73005

Phone: 405-247-2425

Website: wichitatribe.com

The Wyandotte Nation is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, which features the tribe’s chief, second chief and four councilmembers.

This council is responsible for enacting laws, which are then carried out by the chief in exercising the office’s executive power. The council’s offices are elected to two-year staggered terms. The nation also has a Supreme Court of elected justices who serve four-year terms.

The Wyandotte Nation has about 5,000 enrolled citizens, with about 1,200 living in Oklahoma.

Election information

Chief: Billy Friend

Date of next election: 09/11/2021

Contact information

Address: 64700 E. Highway 60, Wyandotte, OK 74370

Phone: 918-678-2297

Website: www.wyandotte-nation.org

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