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Kanza Newsletter Final Volume 3 Issue 3.pdf

Jan 02, 2017




  • Kaw Nation PowwowHead Dancers and Princess


    2 5 7 12 13 16From the

    chairmanCEOHonoring Veterans

    Kaw Nation Powow

    Grants &Contracts

    Environmental news

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    Kaw City, OKla. - the annual Kaw Nation Powwow started Friday, July 31st for its three day intertribal Powwow, east of Kaw City at the tribal powwow grounds located at washunga

    Bay on Kaw lake. the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee an-

    nounced Ken Bellmard ii as the head man dancer with Virginia Plumley serving as the head lady dancer. Bogahdah Murray is the incoming 2009-10 Kaw Nation Powwow Princess.

    Head MaN daNCer Kennis (Ken) Monte Bellmard ii, a member of the Kaw Nation, is the son of the late Kennis Monte Bellmard Sr. and lily C. Bellmard and is the grandson of

    theodore roosevelt Bellmard and Jesma dale (Key) Bellmard, and Pablo trujillo and Susan (Gonzales) trujillo. He is a direct descendant of white Plume (No-

    Pa-war-ra). Bellmard was born in

    Ponca City and now lives in Oklahoma City. He is mar-ried to debra diane (Clegg) Bellmard and has two sons,

    Joshua Paul Bellmard and dylan tamer-lane Bellmard.

    Bellmard was past drum keeper for the Kaw iloshka (Mens Committee). He is

    a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College (a.a.), Oklahoma State University (B.S) and

    the University Of Oklahoma College Of law (J.d.). He was a High School State Champion

    wrestler for Ponca City High School and a College

    all-american wrestler, later coaching wrestling at Ponca City east Middle School and at Newkirk High School before attending law School.

    Bellmard has practiced Native american law for twenty years and is now an attorney at the ed-mond law firm of rubenstein, McCormick and Pitts.

    Head lady daNCer Virginia Plumley is a member of the Kaw Nation and is descended from two chiefs from her Kaw and Otoe-Missouria tribal nations.

    Her parents are the late roy woodie Hughes and Melrose ellen McGlaslin. She is sister to the late Johnny Hughes.

    Her husband was the late lelus a. Plumley and together they adopted two grand-daughters, Niesee and Shalimar Plumley, who both served as Kaw Nation Pow-wow Princess, Jr. Miss Oklahoma City and little Miss Oklahoma City.

    POwwOw PriN-CeSS Bogahdah Nicole Murray is the daughter of

    Continued, page 2.


    Guy MuNrOEChairman and CEO, Kaw


    Greetings to all Kaw Nation tribal members:

    we were certainly blessed with wonderful weather for this years Powwow, com-pared to years past when tem-peratures would peak in the high 90s to 100 degree mark.

    a special thank you goes to the Cultural Commit-tee, our Maintenance crew, Kaw Nation Veterans, and the many volunteers it takes to prepare for such a special event. Great job!

    tribal members from alaska, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, texas, Missouri, Kansas, Oregon and other states joined us for a weekend of fellowship and dancing.

    i had the opportunity to

    visit with tribal members on a variety of topics including constitution reform, how the tribe is doing in the current financial downturn, and what we are doing to hire Kaws who may be out of work.

    i can tell you that the fi-nancial downturn is affecting the tribe and we are carefully examining spending to ensure we dont need layoffs.

    when it comes to hiring Kaws, i checked with our Hu-man resource director and am pleased to report that in the last year we have received over 170 applications. Only 12% of the applications come from Kaws, however, nearly half of those applying have been hired. Of the remaining 88% of the applicants only 35% are being offered jobs, meaning Kaws are far more likely to be hired than others.

    the Constitution reform Committee has not made a final decision on lowering the blood quantum, but believes it is necessary for the tribe to sustain itself.

    as our numbers continue to grow, so do the responsibil-ities of the executive Coun-cil and of you, the General Council, in meeting the needs of our tribal members. with 3,039 members scattered across the United States, it is difficult to communicate ef-ficiently and more frequently with our members in Okla-homa, and other states. we encourage each and every tribal member to get involved in those decisions which will affect not only you, but your children, grandchildren and future generations that will follow. Voice your concerns, speak up, and get involved.

    to help make communi-cations easier, any tribal mem-ber is welcome to call our toll Free number 1-866-404-5297 (KawS).

    i invite you to call Kaw Nation administrative Head-quarters at any time to ask questions, share your con-cerns, request help, comment on tribal activities, or share your family achievements

    with us. if i am unavailable when you call, please leave your number and message on my voice mail, and i will return your call as soon as possible. My extension is 201. Our business hours are Mon-day through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    another means of com-munications is our website at, should you have access to the inter-net, or the Kanza News (pub-lished quarterly) is another source of information. we hope that you will find it use-ful in keeping up with what the tribe is doing.

    For information concern-ing the Kaw Nation Consti-tution reform, call our toll Free number listed above, and ask for aaron Carlson at ex-tension 233 - or visit the web-site at for the Newsletters and schedule for upcoming meetings.


    -Guy Munroe,Chairman-CEO


    tamara Bogahdah (Murray) Fry. Her Grandmother is Bogahdah ann Murray and her grandfather is Vincent ish eu-gene Murray. She receives her Kaw tribal heritage from both of her grandparents.

    Her great-grandparents are Maggie Bogahdah Bowker Ball and roy Ball.

    Her great-great-great grandparents are tom-Pah-Pe and (Big Boy) Kekahbah. On her grandfathers side, his paternal grandparents are Grace Clark Murray and walter Murray and her great-great-grandparents are Maude McCauley Clark rowe and Oscar Clark, and her great-great-great grand-parents are tah-Jah-Me-ah and Claude McCauley.

    StOrM BraVe PriNCeSS 2008-2009

    we are very appreciative of Storm Braves contribution to Kanza language this summer. as part of her summer intern-ship she catalogued numerous archival materials, indexed a useful reference book, and add-ed many example sentences to the Kanza dictionary. Her work really adds to our knowledge of

    the Kanza language. Storm Brave has done a tremendous

    job in fulfilling her crown, plus all the re-sponsibilities that go along with the title of Princess.

    POWOW continued from front page



    Constitution ReformCommittee continues to work


    the Constitution reform Committee continues to edu-cate themselves. Committee members recently visited with another tribe who rewrote their Constitution. the committee held a Public Hearing at the Kaw Powwow and continues to invite comments from other tribal members.

    in July, several members of the committee traveled to Shawnee to meet with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN). the CPN underwent Constitution reform a couple of years ago and provided insight as to the process they undertook. the Potawatomis increased the size of their leg-islature (executive Council) and set up districts across the United States. the thought was that this would allow the tribe to better serve the inter-est of the people outside of the

    service area. the committee plans to visit other tribes in the near future who have also un-dergone constitution reform.

    during the Kaw Nation Powwow, the Constitution Committee held their first Pub-lic Hearing. the point of the hearing was to hear the views of tribal members in regards to what needs to be reformed. topics that arose at the pub-lic hearing were changing the

    blood degree required to seek public office, the process we will undertake and how com-promise is going to be neces-sary in order to reform our government.

    the Constitution reform Project was made possible by a grant from the administration of Native americans in the United States department of Health and Human Services.

    if you have questions or comments, please direct them to the Constitution reform Project director, aaron Carl-son at 580-269-2552, ext. 233, or at [email protected] the committee contin-ues to solicit comments from tribal members at the Consti-tution reform Project web-site,, or by writing or calling the tribal complex.

    Aaron Carlson - Project Director

    Flu Season just around the corneras you may know, flu can

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