Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered in Perkins, Oklahoma with a tribal jurisdiction encompassing four counties. The tribe has a current enrollment of over 800 members and is governed by the democratically elected Business Committee


Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma


IOWA TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA


TRIBAL HEADQUARTERS

RR 1, Box 721
Perkins, Oklahoma 74059
Website: www.iowanation.org

TRIBAL LEADER

Bobby Walkup, Chairman, 2017-2019


GOVERNANCE

In 1937, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma ratified a constitution and bylaws establishing a governing Business Committee and separate Grievance Committee, implementing election cycles, and defining roles of elected officers. The Business Committee has power to speak on behalf of the tribe, transact business for the tribe, and make regulations regarding tribal enrollment. The Business Committee consists of five elected officials, each serving two year terms, including chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary, and councilperson. The Grievance Committee consists of three elected officers and has authority to investigate misconduct by Business Committee officers. The Business Committee chairman and treasurer, as well as all Grievance Committee officers, are elected in odd-numbered years; the vice-chairman, secretary, and councilperson are elected in even-numbered years. The Iowa judiciary is composed of a tribal court and the Iowa Supreme Court.


Congressional House Representation

Congressional House Representation:

Frank Lucas, Republican, District 3, 2018-2020

 

Congressional Senate Representation

Congressional Senate Representation:

Jim Inhofe, Republican, 2014-2020

James Lankford, Republican, 2016-2022

 

Tribal Enterprises

TRIBAL ENTERPRISES

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Within the tribal area of Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties in Oklahoma, the Iowa Tribe is the largest employer, with over 350 employees. The tribe runs an agricultural program dedicated to agricultural and economic development. The tribe owns a variety of enterprises from entertainment to health care.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Cimarron Casino Enterprises comprises the Cimarron Casino in Perkins, Oklahoma and the Ioway Casino in Chandler, Oklahoma. The Cimarron Casino encompasses more than 25,000 square feet of entertainment space.
Phone: (405) 547-5352

The Ioway Travel Plaza is dedicated to serving customers and provides a variety of services for long-distance travelers. The travel plaza offers showers, laundry services, a convenience store, gaming, and standard and diesel fueling stations. The plaza is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Phone: (405) 547-1512

Bah-Kho-Je RV Park is located in Perkins, Oklahoma at the intersection of two highways. Bah-Kho-Je RV Park offers basic traveling hook-ups, including water, electricity, and Wi-Fi. The park offers a total of 16 RV sites.
Phone: (405) 547-1235


HISTORY


The Iowa Indians originate from the upper Great Lakes region and speak Iowan, a Chiwere dialect of the Sioux language. The Iowa people call themselves Baxoje (Bah-Kho-Je): People of the Grey Snow. The Iowa reservation of Oklahoma was formally established on August 15, 1883 by executive order. Today the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is one of two federally recognized tribes of Ioway Indians. The Iowa Tribe strives to preserve its rich culture and was awarded a federal grant through the Administration for Native Americans to construct traditional Ioway homes without the use of modern technology. It is also developing a language-learning program to preserve its language. The tribe is known nationally for its Grey Snow Eagle House, the only eagle aviary in Oklahoma and the only facility in the country to have permits for eagle rehabilitation, housing, education, and research; the aviary is open to the public and has had visitors from across the globe. The Iowa Tribe has hosted an annual powwow since 1985.