We hope this Newsletter finds each of our citizens well.  It is a great time of the year.  Our children are back in school and our college students are back on campus.  We hope all our citizens are taking full advantage of the school supply reimbursement program and our tuition program.  Thank you to our staff and Education Committee for their time and efforts to process and review each application and get these funds out to each one eligible.

Thank you to the Pow Wow Committee and Buffalo Run Casino staff for another successful event.  Our June Pow Wow was pushed indoors because of the ongoing rain which provided for saturated grounds and in turn delayed the improvements to the Peoria Pow Wow grounds and buildings.  We are pleased to announce that the improvements will be finished by late Fall and the 23rd Annual Peoria Pow Wow (June 2020) will be able to showcase our improved grounds.

In addition to the work being done at the Pow Wow grounds there has been some changes happening at Buffalo Run Casino.  To start with, a new sign has been erected on the Interstate 44 side of the property.  In addition, to the new digital sign there is improved landscaping throughout the property and the outdoor concert venue received some updates, just in time to welcome Toby Keith for Labor Day.

The outdoor concert venue has been a busy place this summer!  To start with the City of Miami hosted their Annual 4th of July festivities at the property.  The ongoing rain showers of May and June created flooding at the planned location and the Peoria Tribe and Buffalo Run were happy to be cosponsors and welcome the City and their attendees to our amazing property.  The days activities included many city sponsored activities and the Peoria CCDF was able to step in and provide some GREAT kids activities including:  Camel rides, bounces houses, face painting, and balloon art to name a few things.  The day concluded with a spectacular firework show.

Following this great event, the Peoria CCDF program hosted a “Back to School Bonanza and Movie Night” at the Buffalo Run outdoor venue.  Initially the CCDF program purchased 300 back packs and a variety of school supplies for the backpacks.  However, the large volume of people who showed up, displayed how obvious the need for backpack and school supplies was and the Peoria CCDF Program did a second order of backpacks and supplies.  A second distribution brought the number to 900 backpacks.  For more info on the Peoria CCDF Program go to page 10 of the Newsletter.

In closing we would like to remind everyone of the annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service to honor tribal veterans, as well as all veterans, on Sunday, November 9, 2019.  The service will be at the Peoria Tribal Cemetery beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Hope to see you all soon!

Craig Harper



Trusting the Spring season finds my Peoria family doing well. I am always encouraged by the transitions of Spring; as the days lengthen and gardens come to life, renewed energy and hope restored.

This past year has been an incredible journey that has brought fresh vision and a more precise direction for our future prosperity. I had the privilege of meeting with many Tribal and Cultural Leaders, State Officials, and Federal Agencies in hopes of strengthening and building new relationships for the future benefit of our citizens. With this purpose in mind, I attended Nation- To- Nation conferences, Tribal Economic Development conferences, and Tribal Finance Summits.

I firmly believe, that for us to continue moving forward and know EEHIŠI IIYAAYANKWI {Where we are going} as a tribe, we must understand where we’ve been.  One of my personal goals has been not just to gain a deeper understanding of our Tribe’s history and culture, but to truly learn about our ancestors and our ancestral lands. One of the highlights in this regard was my recent trip to Cahokia Mounds, located just outside of St. Louis, Mo, designated as a World Heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This 2,200-acre mound civilization complex is a true marvel. Second Chief Logan Pappenfort and I were recently hosted by the Museum Director and toured both the Museum and property. The focus and labor of the Cahokia citizens were monumental. It was inspiring to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors.

Following our visit, the Peoria Tribe has been invited to participate in upcoming events at Cahokia Mounds. We are currently planning chartered day trips from Miami for our citizens to coincide with future events there. Continue to watch our website and Facebook postings for details.

Planning is also underway for the 22nd Annual Peoria Tribal Powwow. We look forward to seeing everyone there as we gather together to celebrate as a family.

It has been an honor to complete one year in office as Chief; serving this great Tribe and our proud Peoria People. Please, make plans early to stay at the Buffalo Run Hotel and tour the casino. While you’re in town, the staff and I welcome each of you to stop past the Tribal Office for a visit.

Hope to see you all soon!
Craig Harper

Greetings Peoria Citizens!

Unity, progress, cultural revitalization, and a new vision for tribal prosperity, will continue to be the focus of our tribal leadership as we look onward to the new season.  I am eager to connect with friends and family alike as we gather for the 2019 Annual Peoria Council Meeting.  It has been an exciting year of change, and I believe hosting the meeting in a new venue will embrace the progress.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Peoria Showplace in Buffalo Run Casino on March 2, 2019.  I believe we are just beginning to see what we can do if we remained committed and dedicated to our vision.

I want to share with you a brief recap of what has materialized as relationships merge on this journey.  I had the privilege to attend Governor Kevin Stitt’s Inauguration.  Just as optimism and hope filled the air at this event, I hope to project the same sentiment to my fellow Tribal members.   I hope we can have respectful and meaningful conversations that lead to movement and future progress.

I would encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting, bring your family, socialize, meet a Peoria citizen you may not know.  The Annual Meeting is a time for us to conduct the business of the Tribe but is also a time to gather.  For so many generations oral history was the only form of sharing and passing along traditions and stories.  Let this be a time to gather, reflect, share and begin to rebuild.

As I look back to the growth of our Tribe, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the past leaders.  Our previous leaders laid the foundation for future generations, so without that dedication and commitment, we would not be where we are today. In saying that, I thank you all, for your imprint on our Tribe.

Notice of Special Meeting

Chief Craig Harper of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma announces a special meeting of the Peoria Tribal Committee will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Tribal Headquarters, 118 S. Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, Oklahoma, convening at 6:00 p.m. The agenda will be limited to the application of ICDBG Grant Application. A complete agenda will be posted at the tribal headquarters 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Signed: Craig Harper, Chief