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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 1,100 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.

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Mission of the Iowa Nation

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

News and Announcements

Higher Education

2024 Tribal Youth Awards

The 2024 Tribal Youth Awards will be held on Saturday, May 25th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Chena Building....
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Announcements

Seniors Banquet

You're invited to the Seniors Banquet that will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at...
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Announcements

Tribal Offices Closing January 23 Due to Road Conditions

Due to unfavorable and dangerous road conditions in many areas where our employees reside, the Tribe will be closed Tuesday,...
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Announcements

Tribal Offices Closing January 22 Due to Weather

Due to inclement weather, the Tribe will be closed tomorrow, January 22, 2024.
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Native News

Turquoise Thursday Raises Awareness of Cervical Cancer in Native Communities

Native News Online – January 16, 2024 – Turquoise Thursday Raises Awareness of Cervical Cancer in Native Communities
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Announcements

Tribal Offices Closing January 16 Due to Weather

We are aware that most of the road conditions have improved, however we have decided to close the tribe tomorrow...
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Announcements

Tribal Offices Closing Due to Weather

Due to the forecasted winter weather and extremely cold temperatures, the Tribe will be closed tomorrow, Friday January 12, 2024.
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Native News

Tribally-Led Bison, Grassland Restoration Efforts Get $1.5 Million

Native News Online – January 9, 2024 – Tribally-Led Bison, Grassland Restoration Efforts Get $1.5 Million
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Library

Let’s Talk About It – Iowa Historical Review Discussions in January

Calling all adult Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Tribal Members, of any age, to come participate in a focus group of data...
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Native News

71st Annual Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club New Years Dance

allevents.in – January 6, 2024 – 71st Annual Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club New Years Dance
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Upcoming Events

ITO Courtroom
Tue, 05 Mar, 12:00 PM
Grey Snow Warriors Monthly Meeting 1st Tuesday of the Month ITO Courtroom at Noon
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 06 Mar, 05:30 PM
Wellbriety Hybrid Meeting Every Wednesday at 5:30pm CST Join in person or via Zoom. For more information, please contact, Jim…
 
Whitecloud Building
Sat, 09 Mar, 01:00 PM
Have You Ever Wanted to Start Your Own Business? Starting a Business Series Two classes are available: Side Hustles (1:00pm…
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 13 Mar, 05:30 PM
Wellbriety Hybrid Meeting Every Wednesday at 5:30pm CST Join in person or via Zoom. For more information, please contact, Jim…
 
Chena Building/Powwow Grounds
Sat, 16 Mar, 11:00 AM
ITO Elders Meeting Held at the Chena Building
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 20 Mar, 05:30 PM
Wellbriety Hybrid Meeting Every Wednesday at 5:30pm CST Join in person or via Zoom. For more information, please contact, Jim…
 
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