New Hires, Promotions & Interns at the Shawnee Tribe!

Top left to right: Vanessa Boney, Kyle Miller-Shawnee & Lisa Gipson. Bottom left to right: Lila Roach, Chloe Tyner & BrookLynn Sorrell.


Vanessa Boney – Administrative Assistant

I am so happy to be here working with all of you. I am a former correctional officer and mental health tech. I have a degree in Criminal Justice. I have wanted to work with tribal citizens for a long time. This is the perfect opportunity to help my community and help this tribe grow! I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t already!

Kyle Miller-Shawnee – Community Resource Liaison

My name is Kyle Miller-Shawnee. I am a Cherokee Nation citizen honored to be married to a Shawnee tribal member – particularly as I now begin work as the Community Resource Liaison expanding access to resources for tribal citizens. I come to the Shawnee Tribe with previous work creating and directing services to a diverse group of graduate-level students at Phillips Theological Seminary and before that, to tribal youth at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. With a Master of Arts in Social Justice degree, and as a current Master of Science in Clinical Counseling student, deep listening to empower native lives and voices is a both skill and a passion for me. I am honored to serve the citizens of the Shawnee Tribe as I work alongside many others toward our shared goal of creating, expanding, and coordinating services.

Erin Paden – Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

My name is Erin Paden, and I am the new Tribal Historic Preservation Specialist. I have a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Arizona State and a Bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle, 60 miles west of Guymon. I’m extremely excited to be working with the Shawnee Tribe.

Welcome to the Summer Interns at the Shawnee Tribe Language Immersion Program!

Lila Roach – Summer Intern

I just finished my first year at the University of Minnesota, studying Chemistry. I have been taking Shawnee language classes with the Shawnee Tribe for two years. I like reading, cooking, and taking care of plants in my spare time.

BrookLynn Sorrell – Summer Intern

Hato! I am BrookLynn. I am a mom to an energetic six year old boy. I am a senior at Northeastern State University studying History. I hope to work in a museum one day preserving cultural artifacts. I am thankful that I was chosen for this internship and the opportunity to represent my tribe!

Chloe Tyner-White – Summer Intern

Hato! My name is Chloe Tyner-White; I am Shawnee, Absentee Shawnee, and Seneca- Cayuga. I graduated from Quapaw High School in Spring 2020 and that fall I had my first semester at Northeastern State University. I plan to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in American Indian Studies in two years. I love to go to powwows, stomp dances, and ceremonies with my family! I also like going to my Native American Church meetings and help with cooking.


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2nd Annual Shawnee Language Fair, Community Dinner & Stomp Dance

Contest open to citizens, students, CLPs or apprentices from any of the three Shawnee Nations or Shawnees enrolled in other federally recognized tribes. Entrants must use the official orthography of either the Shawnee Tribe or Absentee Shawnee Tribe for their project. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. 1st Place […]

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Groundbreaking for new Northeastern Tribal Health System Wellness Center

Miami, OK — Business Council Secretary Carolyn Foster and Rosanna Dobbs, Shawnee Tribe Section 106 Manager, were in attendance at the February 23 groundbreaking for the new Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS) Wellness Center. “This is an exciting and needed addition to the services our clinic currently offers,” said Rosanna Dobbs, who also serves as […]

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Golden Mesa Casino Receives Regents Business Partnership Excellence Awards

The Shawnee Tribe’s Golden Mesa Casino and Oklahoma Panhandle State University celebrated their partnership at the 2024 Oklahoma State Regents Business Partnership event on March 8. Golden Mesa Casino has supported OPSU in many facets, including OPSU Athletics, the Business Department, and the College of Business and Technology. Read more at OPSU News!

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2024 Graduation Honors and Higher Education Achievement Banquet

The 2024 Higher Education Achievement Banquet will be on Sunday, June 2 at the Shawnee Tribe Community Building. RSVP here for the Achievement Banquet by Monday, May 6. *Graduation regalia requests are now closed – the deadline was April 15. Congratulations to the Shawnee Graduates of 2024! LaCinda Attocknie, Haskell Indian Nations University Dominic Biddle, Miami High School […]

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Call for Artists: Great Circle Alliance's Recovering Ohio's Indigenous Voices

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Retired Tribal Vehicle Finds New Home

15-PASSENGER VAN GIFTED TO GROVE VETERANS RITUAL TEAM  Last year, the Tribe retired a 15-passenger van from use. Rather than placing the vehicle up for sale, the Business Council found a worthy beneficiary in the Grove Veterans Ritual Team.  The Grove Veterans Ritual Team’s eleven members, including the Shawnee Tribe’s own Herb Adams (US Army, […]

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Living Languages Grant Awarded to the Shawnee Language Immersion Program

Miami, OK – The Shawnee Tribe’s Language Immersion Program (SLIP), received official notice and release of funds from the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development’s Living Languages Grant. The Living Languages Grant awards SLIP $280,200 annually for three years, resulting in a grand total of $840,600. The project period began on January 1.  “My […]

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