The Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission's mission is statutorily set to create a positive atmosphere of development for Oklahoma Indian people by opening lines of communication between Oklahoma Tribes and state government and by maintaining a consistent program of development in the areas of education, policy and legislation, planning and management, technical assistance, and economic development.


The Commission consists of eighteen members: nine appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate, and nine nonvoting, ex officio members. Four of the appointed members are from tribes represented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Muskogee Area office; four of the appointed members are from tribes represented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Anadarko Area Office. One appointed member serves at large. The nine nonvoting, ex officio members are the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation, the Director of the Department of Human Services, the Director of the State Arts Council, the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, a designee from the office of the Secretary of State, a designee from the Attorney General, and a designee from the Governor's office.


To accomplish their mission, the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission retains a professional staff to provide technical assistance to tribes in the operation of their own programs and to assist in identifying and alleviating problems which concern Oklahoma's Indian citizenry. The Commission is charged by Statute with "...promoting unity, purpose and understanding among the Indian people of Oklahoma..." The Commission serves as a liason between the Indian leaders of the state, the various Indian agencies both Federal and State, and the Executive and Legislative branches of the state government.


Statutory Reference: Title 74, Sections 1201 - 1203 of the Oklahoma Statutes.


                                   FY-93     FY-94     FY-95
 Criteria/Service:                 Actual    Actual   Budgeted

 Tribal Information Requests:
   Tribal Address/Phone                408       432       450
   Tribal Membership/CDIB              979       911       950
   Tribal Histories                    353       293       300
   Population Statistics                28        39        40
   Tribal Information                  984     1,550     1,750
 Total Tribal Information Request    2,752     3,225     3,490

 Federal Agency Information/Reference:
   Bureau of Indian Affairs            272       319       325
   Indian Child Welfare                 74        35        40
   Unit on Aging                         9        29        35
 Total Federal Agency Information      355       383       400

 State Agency Information/Reference:
   OIAC Information                    583       975     1,000
   State Agencies                      648     1,662     1,750
 Total State Agency Info. Requests   1,231     2,637     2,750

 Social Services Assistance/Reference:
 Medical/Health                        223       287       300
   Education                           241       234       235
   Employment                           94        83        80
   Utilities                           194       130       120
   Housing                              72       135       150
   Food                                 81        76        70
   Legal                               131       134       132
 Total Social Services Assistance    1,036     1,079     1,087

 Other Requests                     11,741    11,847    12,000
 Total Info./Reference Contacts     17,115    18,833    19,727


                                   FY-93     FY-94     FY-95
 Type of Fund:                     Actual    Actual   Budgeted

 State Appropriated Funds         $200,649  $143,786  $201,694
 State Continuing/Revolving Funds:
   200 Revolving Fund                3,008         0         0
 Federal Funds                           0         0         0
 Total Expenditures by Fund       $203,657  $143,786  $201,694

 Capital Outlay Expenditures:
 General Revenue                        $0    $7,283        $0
 426 Federal Funds                 203,430     3,382         0
 Total Capital Outlay Expenditure $203,430   $10,665        $0


                                   FY-93     FY-94     FY-95
 Object of Expenditure             Actual    Actual   Budgeted

 Salaries and Benefits            $141,539   $91,512  $116,876
 Professional Services               1,450     5,238     9,000
 Travel                             12,458     9,520    13,000
 Lease-Purchase Expenditures             0         0         0
 Equipment                           1,997     3,180     9,100
 Payments to Local Governments           0         0    11,000
 Other Operating Expenses           46,213    34,336    42,718
 Total Expenditures by Object     $203,657  $143,786  $201,694


                                   FY-93     FY-94     FY-95
 Activity No. and Name             Actual    Actual   Budgeted

 01 General Operations            $202,481  $141,201  $192,594
 88 Data Processing                  1,176     2,585     9,100
 Total Expenditures by Activity   $203,657  $143,786  $201,694


                                   FY-93     FY-94     FY-95
 Activity No. and Name             Actual    Actual   Budgeted

 10 General Operations                 4.0       2.5       4.0
 Total FTE                             4.0       2.5       4.0
 Number of Vehicles                      0         0         0


The Indian Affairs Commission, established in 1967, provides a liaison between the tribes of the state and state government. The Commission also helps provide economic and tourism development.

FY-90 was the first full year, since FY-87, that the Indian Affairs Commission had both an operating Commission and a confirmed Director. For FY-91, the agency received funding for increased operating expenses and for an upgrade for the Typist Clerk.

For FY-92 the Governor recommended that the Indian Affairs Commission receive an additional $10,000 to help with the agency's efforts to develop compacts between the state and tribal governments. The Commission received an appropriation reduction of $250 for one-time equipment purchases. The agency did not receive any increases other than statewide adjustments.

Because the agency had one computer that was shared by four people, the Governor recommended an increase of $4,800 to purchase two computers for FY'93.

For FY-94 the Commission's appropriations were reduced by 10% . The Commission combined two administrative support positions to reduce expenditures. This reduced the agency to only 3 FTE. Since most state agencies received a reduction for FY-94, the Governor and Legislature allowed agencies to carryover any savings from FY-93 for one-time expenditures in FY-94.

SB 746, passed during the 1994 legislative session, increased the number of members on the Indian Affairs Commission from sixteen to eighteen by adding the Secretary of State (or designee) and the Oklahoma Historical Society as non-voting, ex-officio members. The bill also reduced the number of annual Commission meetings from 12 to 6. Also, in FY-95, the agency's appropriation was reduced by $12,000 to accommodate the savings that the agency hopes to achieve from utilizing the OU Carl Albert Internship Program as opposed to its previous internship program.