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Unity Meeting Notice icon - JUNE 9 2018



Iowa Tribe’s Isle of Man Company Secures Gaming License



May 12, 2018 | 10AM-Noon UNITY Meeting at the Chena Building

May 26, 2018 | Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Tribal Youth Awards

May 28, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Memorial Day

June 2, 2018 | Election and General Council

June 4-8, 2018 | ITO Youth Bah Kho-Je Summer Camp, Application and Release Now Available

June 5, 2018 – August 2, 2018| Tribal Summer Program Summer Camp

June 9, 2018 |10AM-Noon ITO UNITY Youth Council Meeting

June 9, 2018 | REGISTRATION DEADLINE – 11AM to 6PM NOC Northern Oklahoma College Leadership Day

June 11-15, 2018 | NYPD Native Youth Preventing Diabetes Camp

June 13, 2018 | KAW Women’s Health at Perkins Family Clinic

June 15, 2018 | DEADLINE Chairman Honor Roll

June 15-17, 2018 | Iowa Tribal Powwow

June 15, 2018 | 10AM-2PM ITO Health Fair

June 15, 2018 | 9AM 10th Annual Vendor Appreciation Golf Tournament

June 16, 2018 | 8AM ITO Fun Run

June 30, 2018 | DEADLINE Higher Education Fund

June 30, 2018 | DEADLINE Private Education Fund

July 1, 2018 | 7PM Iowa Tribe Fireworks Show

July 4, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Independence Day

July 12, 2018 | 11AM to 6PM NOC Northern Oklahoma College Leadership Day

August 4, 2018 | Iowa Tribe Back to School Bash

August 6-10, 2018 | 1PM-4PM Daily – Job Search Boot Camp

September 3, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Labor Day

September 28, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Native Americans’ Day

October 26 & 27, 2018 | Iowa Tribe Fall Festival

November 12, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Veterans Day (Observed)

November 22 & 23, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving

December 24 & 25, 2018 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of Christmas

January 1, 2019 | Tribal Offices closed in observance of New Year’s Day



June 5, 2018 | Veteran’s Meeting in ITO Courtroom



May Menu

June Menu 

June 1, 2018 | Shopping Day

June 7, 2018 | Ioway Casino Day

June 8, 2018 | Shopping Day

June 15, 2018 | Cimarron Casino Day

June 22, 2018 | Sac & Fox Tailgate

June 29, 2018 | Shopping Day




June 12, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

June 10, 2018 | 1PM Traditional Skills Class,, Chena Building

July 10, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

August 14, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

September 10-13, 2018 | 22nd NICOA Conference on Aging in Indian Country (Temecula, CA)

September 11, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

September | Northern Iowa Tribal Powwow

October 9, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

October | AARP Annual Honors Banquet

November 13, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building

November 23, 2018 | 2nd Annual Ioway Community Elders Powwow

December 11, 2018 | 6PM – Monthly Meeting, Chena Building



Iowa Tribe’s Online Internet Gaming

Business Committee Updates



Pow Wow Vendors

Event Vendors

Vendor Permit Application PowWow



2015 Business Committee Minutes

Constitution Reform Registration

Iowa Tribe Gallery

Grey Snow Eagle House



Welcome to the official website of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma!

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is the center of a Sovereign Nation with inherent powers of self-government recognized as such by treaties and legislation located in Perkins, OK. In the Iowa language, we call ourselves Baxoje (Bah Kho-je), meaning “People of the Grey Snow”. The story of our name has been handed down from generation to generation. It was told that at one time the Iowa Tribe was ‘1100’ strong, meaning the warriors or men numbered that many. When men had to leave our village, upon their return, they looked down from a rise and they saw that our village had been burned. At this point, we had lost some of the translation to the story – it could have been another tribe or others that had burned it. But it appeared as though the village was covered with “Grey Snow, ” even though the winter season was not upon us. For you see, the ashes had settled over the village site and all that was visible to the warriors were the burned remnants of what used to be our homes. Other versions of this story have been printed, but this is the one that we have been told.

The Iowas lived for the majority of its recorded history in what is now the state of Iowa, therefore, the state of Iowa takes its name after the Ioway people. Also, our language is of the Chiwere dialect of the Sioux Nation. We began as a Woodland culture, but because of the migration to the south and west, we began to pick up elements of the Plains Culture. In the earliest historical period of 1600, the Ioways (descendants of the Oneota), were in the area of the Red Pipestone Quarry in southwestern Minnesota. In 1730 they were found living in villages in the Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake Region of Northwest Iowa. They moved south to the vicinity of Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the middle of the 18th century, part of them moved up along the Des Moines River. The remainder established themselves on the Grand and Platte Rivers in Missouri. In treaties, they ceded their claims to lands in Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Treaty of 1836 assigned part of them to a reservation along the Great Nemaha River in Nebraska and Kansas. Later, some of the Ioways were moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. The original Iowa Reservation in Oklahoma was established by Executive Order dated August 15, 1883. The Iowa Nation is now divided into two tribes: The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma located in Perkins, Oklahoma; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska – their tribal headquarters are located in Whitecloud, Kansas.

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is complete with its own constitution and bylaws. There are many aspects of the Tribal Government, all necessary to ensure the best for our tribal community and members. As of today, we have over 800 members enrolled within the tribe and a jurisdictional area covering all or parts of Payne, Oklahoma, Lincoln, and Logan counties. We are also the largest employer in the area with over 160 employees in several different departments, including Administration, Accounting departments for the various Tribal Enterprises (including three casinos spread throughout our jurisdiction), and a tribally-operated Police and Fire Department.

Mission of the Iowa Nation: “To improve the economic and social quality of life, for our tribal members and the adjacent communities.”

Iowa Tribal Headquarters is located 3 miles South of Perkins, Oklahoma & one half mile West of US highway 177. For more information, call us at (405) 547-2402.





335588 E. 750 Road  •  Perkins, OK 74059  •  405-547-2402 or 800-336-IOWA