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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.”

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Title VI Employee Meals

Employees will have the option to payroll deduct costs for meals. Please bring your Employee Identification Card with you when...
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Box Fans Now Available

(While supplies last.) Must be Native American Must live in the Tribal jurisdiction Completed application Application DOWNLOAD: Box Fan Application
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Diaper Closet

Social Services Diaper Closet Monday - Friday Social Services Office located in the Tribal Court Building Due to a temporary...
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2024 Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Pow Wow

June 14-16, 2024, Perkins, OK. Grand Entry at 7:00pm Nightly.
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Syphilis PSA

Syphilis cases have been increasing steadily since 2014 (175% rate increase from 14.8 to 40.6 per 100,000 between 2014 and...
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2024 Certified Candidate List

This is the complete list of eligible candidates for the 2024 Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Election. Vice Chairman Perri Ahhaitti...
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NOW AVAILABLE – Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma History Game

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma History Game, First Edition NOW AVAILABLE Special features: Historical photos Historical and current ITO facts Great...
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Election Dates to Remember

2024 Election Dates April 22, 2024: Deadline to file for candidacy. May 2, 2024: Deadline for Absentee Voting request. June...
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Medication Takeback Month

April 1st - 30th.  Bring expired and unused medications to Perkins Family Clinic to dispose in the medication drop box...
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Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Rodeo

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Rodeo April 26 and 27 7:00pm nightly. Gate opens at 5:00pm. 5:30pm cowboy church by Rob...
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Upcoming Events

Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 10 Jul, 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
Wed, 17 Jul, 10:00 AM
Stickball History / Demo July 17, 2024 10:00am - 2:00pm Chena Building Everyone Welcome
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 17 Jul, 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, 20 Jul, 11:00 AM
ITO Elders Meeting Held at the Chena Building
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 24 Jul, 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
Fri, 26 Jul, 01:00 PM
Health Fair & Back to School Bash July 26, 2024 1:00pm - 5:00pm Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Chena Building Vendors…
 
Perkins Family Clinic
Wed, 31 Jul, 05:30 PM
Wellbriety Hybrid Meeting Every Wednesday at 5:30pm CST Join in person or via Zoom. For more information, please contact, Jim…
 
ITO Courtroom
Tue, 06 Aug, 12:00 PM
Grey Snow Warriors Monthly Meeting 1st Tuesday of the Month ITO Courtroom at Noon
 
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