Representatives of four tribes have met with city of Shawnee officials — but reached no agreement on the city's request for sales taxes.
The Journal Record reports that the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Tribe, and Sac and Fox Nation met with officials that included Mayor Wes Mainord and City Manager Brian McDougal.
The city wants the tribes to collect sales taxes from non-tribal members at tribal businesses in the city and pay that amount to the city.
An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe is preparing to open two new entertainment venues.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is opening the 2,000-seat Grand Events Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort this month to host concerts. It is located just east of Oklahoma City off of Interstate 40. Rodney Carrington will be the first to perform at the new venue. He has performances scheduled for Dec. 27 and 28.
Firelake Arena, a 5,000-seat space, will open in January in Shawnee. It will host concerts, conventions and community events.
The Oklahoma-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation has received more than $367,000 in funding to create a mentorship program using traditional culture teachings to try to combat peer pressure, bullying and other negative behaviors.
The Shawnee-based tribe announced this week that the Administration for Native Americans provided the funding for the program.
The two-year grant will go toward developing three forms of curriculum focusing on cultural mentorship, cultural activities and peer mentoring.