WTOK Economic Development News

Wyandotte Nation breaks ground on new admin building

​Economic development, provided by WTOK, helps finance project

By William Swaim | WTOK

After constructing many walls and rearranging offices over the past 41 years, the Wyandotte Nation will have a new building to call home as the Tribe broke ground Thursday, Sept. 26, on its new Administration Building.

“It’s a great day, it’s a great day for us, it’s a great day for the Wyandotte Nation, and I just want to say thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting,” said Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend to a crowd of onlookers. “It is something we have dreamed about for a long time, and now it is going to become a reality for us -- we are looking forward to it.”

While the Tribe will say goodbye to the old building, which was built and dedicated in 1978, it isn’t going anywhere. The old administration building will be remodeled and become the new Judicial Building, housing the Wyandotte Nation court system and Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department (WNTPD). Chief Friend said it will be a good move for them as well being just off the highway.

The new Administration Building, located just south of the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center, will house the offices of the Administration, Family Services and Gaming Commission.

“It was always our goal to eventually get up here on the hill and begin to fill out everything up here as we have been doing,” Chief Friend said. “We have been growing, we’ve been able to do a lot of things. We are very thankful today to be breaking ground on this new building and looking forward to the future.”

Chief Friend related a story to having fewer than 10 employees in the early days of the administration building to having more than 100 tribal government employees today.

“The ultimate goal for us is to improve the quality of life for our tribal citizens and everything that we do is geared toward that,” he said. “It allows us to provide better services, more efficient services, and everything we do is serving the citizens of our tribal nation.”

Chief Friend thanked the Board of Directors on hand, Juanita McQuistion, Vivian Fink, Ramona Reid and Second Chief Norman Hildebrand. He also thanked all of the employees on the government side as well as Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK), which is the federally-chartered corporation of the Tribe and drives economic development.

The project is completely financed using tribal funds and not federal dollars.

“All the money we are using on this is generated by our economic development, so we are appreciative of all the work that WTOK does – our casinos, the Turtle Stops, Wyandotte Precision Products, Wyandotte Technologies and all of our projects we do on that side to help fund this project,” Chief Friend said. “Not having to use any federal dollars, it says a lot about where we are as a tribal nation.”

There is no official timeline for the completion of the project, although construction is set to begin in early November.

Crossland Construction is the general contractor for the project. CGA Architects produced the building concept.

The conceptual drawing of the new Wyandotte Nation Administration Building provided by CGA Architects. Crossland Construction is the General Contractor for the project. The project is being financed by tribal funds provided by WTOK. Photo: William Swaim/WTOK

(From Left) Wyandotte Nation Board of Directors Juanita McQuistion, Vivian Fink, Ramona Reid, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Chief Billy Friend, A Crossland Construction representative, Chad Greer of CGA Architects. Photo: William Swaim/WTOK

FABICash donates $20,000 to Wyandotte Nation

FABICash donated $20,000 to the Wyandotte Nation Wednesday, March 20, 2019. FABICash Sales Account Executive Nick Rabito presented the check to Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend in the Sandusky Conference Room at River Bend Casino & Hotel.

Rabito said FABICash gives back to its partners every year, donating money for its partners to use toward charity or educational purposes. FABICash provides casinos and their patrons secure and convenient access to cash.

Chief Friend said the Tribe will use the funds toward a trip and celebration in September later this year where the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church will be presenting the deed of the Wyandot Mission Church property to the Wyandotte Nation.

Also on hand for the presentation were River Bend Casino & Hotel General Manager Gary Johnson, River Bend Casino & Hotel Controller Carla King, and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK) CEO Kelly Carpino, as well as several River Bend employees.

From left, Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend, River Bend Casino & Hotel Controller Carla King, River Bend Casino & Hotel General Manager Gary Johnson, Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK) CEO Kelly Carpino, and Nick Rabito of FABICash. (Photo by William Swaim) 


Booking.com recognizes River Bend Casino & Hotel with ‘Guest’ award

Photos  by  William Swaim / Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma

By William Swaim | Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma

River Bend Casino & Hotel now has one of the highest property review scores on Booking.com, and the reviews helped River Bend garner the site’s 2018 Booking.com Guest Review Award. River Bend has scored a 9.3 out of 10 for reviews on the website.

“Throughout the planning process our goal was to build something special, with a focus on comfort and unique features that distinguished us from the competition,” said River Bend Casino & Hotel General Manager Gary Johnson. “So we are very appreciative that our guests have responded with the great reviews and shared them with our partner Booking.com and the public.”

James Waters, Vice President of Partner & Customer Services for Booking.com, wrote this on the recognition: “A Guest Review Award is no small feat. Delivering such incredible experiences to your guests is the result of dedication, passion, and a lot of hard work. We are proud to call you our partner, and – like all your happy guests – we want to give you our warmest thanks.”

Sitting at the edge of Wyandotte on Hwy 60, River Bend Casino & Hotel, formerly the Wyandotte Nation Casino, opened its doors in 2007. Since it’s opening, the casino has offered gaming, entertainment and great food.

The casino underwent a renovation and expansion a few years back featuring the addition of the new luxurious three story, 92-room hotel. The hotel expansion also included conference rooms perfect for business meetings, conferences and conventions.

In addition to the hotel, the project also expanded and renovated the casino and Twin Bridges Restaurant while also adding amenities, including an Event Center, bowling alley and Club 60 West.

Check out River Bend Casino & Hotel on Booking.com to book your next stay and see why River Bend is one of the highest rated on the website. #GuestsLoveUs

Or visit our website www.riverbendcasino.com/hotel  to make your reservation today. You can also call (918) 678-4946.

WTOK honors employees for years of service

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK) CEO Kelly Carpino recognized several employees for their years of service recently at a luncheon and presented them with gifts for all their hard work. Debbie Johnson, Payroll Supervisor, was recognized for her 25 years of service as well as Wyandotte tribal citizen Dalana Rutledge, Accounting Manager, for her 20 years of service.

WTOK CEO Kelly Carpino presents Payroll Supervisor Debbie Johnson with a specially designed clock for her 25 years of service.

During the luncheon, several other employees were also recognized for their years of service.

WTOK CEO Kelly Carpino presents Accounting Manager Dalana Rutledge with a gold watch for her 20 years of service. Rutledge is also a Wyandotte tribal citizen.

7th Street Casino and Wyandotte Nation donate $10,000 to Wyandotte County Museum

Article from Wyandotte Daily (www.wyandottedaily.com). Published with permission.

Preserving the future of their past has been one of the themes of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, according to Chief Billy Friend.

As part of that historical preservation effort, today the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma presented the Wyandotte County Museum a check for $10,000. The museum is located at 126th and State Avenue inside the Wyandotte County Park at Bonner Springs.

Friend said one of his goals as a tribal leader is to make sure the next generations of the Wyandotte Nation know their history. For the past 10 years or more, he has brought busloads of Wyandottes to the museum to learn about their history, he said.

The Wyandottes were here primarily from 1843 through 1867, when the group split and some of the Wyandotte Nation moved to Oklahoma.

“This is an important part of our history,” Friend said. The period of 1843 through 1867 also was an important part of the history of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and included the Civil War years. Those 24 years had a strong effect on the tribe, and there was a split in the Wyandotte Nation that occurred during those years, he said.

“Thank you for all you have done in helping us preserve the future of our past,” Friend said in presenting the check today.

The donation of $10,000 was presented on behalf of the tribe and the 7th Street Casino, which is located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, at 7th and Ann Avenue.

Mayor David Alvey, who received the check with Museum Director Trish Schurkamp, expressed his thanks to Chief Friend and the Wyandotte Nation.

The circumstances that brought the Wyandottes to this area were not happy, and were fairly brutal, Alvey said, but “sometimes great things come from that, and your presence here now and your friendship here now is a great thing.”

“Today we are being honored by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and Chief Billy Friend,” Schurkamp said. Over the past years, the friendship that the museum and the Wyandotte Nation has built has prided itself on honesty, trust and stability, she said.

Attending a $10,000 check presentation from the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to the Wyandotte County Museum today were, left to right, Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart, Rebecca Meditz, president of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum, Unified Government Commissioner Mike Kane, Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Chief Billy Friend, Kansas City, Kansas, Unified Government Mayor David Alvey, Unified Government Commissioner Melissa Bynum and Wyandotte County Museum Director Trish Schurkamp. (Courtesy Photo)


“I am and will forever be humbled by this alliance,” Schurkamp said.

Schurkamp said the $10,000 check will not be used for museum operations, but will go to a special Wyandotte County Museum fund that will help to fund exhibits and museum needs.


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By William Swaim, Communications Specialist, Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma

Wyandotte Precision Products has been working toward ISO 9001:2015 Certification the last six years, and thanks to hard work and a complete team effort over the last year, achieved ISO certification.

ISO 9001 certification is intended to improve management performance at companies. The main part of achieving certification is forming a Quality Management System (QMS). Certification gets a company’s QMS recognized globally. ......

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About Wyandotte Precision Products:

Wyandotte Precision Products brings an experienced blend of design, machining, manufacturing and machine build capabilities. WPP has committed our company to providing highly engineered quality products. Our experienced and dedicated machinist can produce, reproduce, design, engineer, and reverse engineer nearly anything from a drawing, part, broken part, or even an idea. We have successfully made replacement parts for everything from bottling machines and turkey choppers, to aluminum extruders and explosives mixers. 

To find out more, visit www.wppok.com.

Pictured from Left: Larry Robinson, Norm Lown, Mark Parnell, Darryl Collins, Melody Liles, David Tatum, Carla Howrey, David Woodmansee, Ron Brown and Erik Vargas. (Photo by William Swaim)

Wyandotte Services, a 100 percent tribally-owned 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) company that is operated and managed within the federal charted corporation of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK), is pleased to announce it has been awarded the STARS II Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) during its Open Season period.

This contract vehicle provides federal agencies with access to IT solutions from 8(a) industry partners and has a $10 Billion program ceiling. Wyandotte Services has received its notice to proceed and is now able to market the 8(a) STARS II GWAC to all government agencies and receive task orders under the Constellation I, Functional Area 3 - Computer Facilities Management Services.

Wyandotte Technologies has received 8(a) certification through the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program.

The certification opens the doors for Wyandotte Technologies to compete for sole-source/direct award and competitive federal contracts set-aside under the 8(a) program, providing the opportunity for the company to provide high quality work and performance within the federal marketplace.

Wyandotte Technologies is a 100 percent tribally-owned Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) company that is operated and managed within the federally charted corporation of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK).

The company specializes in commercial/industrial, education, healthcare, and retail technology and physical security solutions. Its certified staff has over 27 years of combined experience in system design and integration. Core capabilities include proximity and biometric access controls, video surveillance, security alarm systems, gate and barrier systems, intercom systems, GPS tracking, wireless networking, data cabling (copper and fiber), and commercial audio/video systems.

For more on Wyandotte Technologies, visit www.wyandottetech.com.

Wyandotte Services secures contract with WAPA

Wyandotte Services, a 100 percent tribally-owned, SBA Certified 8(a) company is pleased to announce it has secured a $15.8 million contract with Western Area Power Administration in the Sierra Nevada Region to provide Technical Support Services that began November 2015.

“This is a great opportunity for Wyandotte Services to continue their excellence in providing Technical Support Services once again to Western Area Power Administration,” said Jennie Boone, Program Manager. “The Wyandotte team at SNR is excited to provide their tremendous value and exceptional expertise across the many disciplines supporting Westerns mission to provide reliable efficient energy to their customers across the west.”

Wyandotte Services is responsible for providing drafting, telecommunications engineering, engineering project management, GIS, technical support and document services.

In addition, Wyandotte Services will provide support including, but not limited to, power marketing, records management, environment, maintenance, vegetation and access road management services.

About Wyandotte Services:
Headquartered in a Native American HUBZone, Wyandotte Services is a 100% Tribally-Owned business that supports the economic development of the Wyandotte Nation in Oklahoma. These economic development programs support nutrition, health services, housing, and education scholarships for Tribal citizens. With the stated mission ‘to advance the standard of living of the Tribe…and to promote in any other way the general welfare of the Indians of the Wyandotte Nation,’ Wyandotte Services proudly provides Technical, Administrative and IT Support Services for DoE and DoD facilities across the nation. Visit www.wyandotteservices.com for more information.

New Turtle Stop opens in Grove, Okla.

The new Turtle Stop in Grove, Okla., became the latest addition to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s (WTOK) portfolio of businesses. WTOK is the economic development arm of the Wyandotte Nation.
The new Turtle Stop, a 4,248-square foot 24-hour full service convenience store located on US Hwy 59, offers fuel for those needing a fill up in the high traffic area near Grand Lake as well as the usual convenience store items, hot/cold drinks, and features Bellarico’s Toasted Subs, New York Style Pizza and Breakfast Sandwiches.
“We see this as a great economic venture for our Tribe; one that will contribute to the mission of our Tribe to help improve the quality of life for every tribal citizen,” said Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend. “The majority of our tribal benefits come from revenues provided through economic development. I want to commend our team at WTOK for continuing to find ways to further diversify our portfolio of businesses.”
The store, which had been vacant for several years, was purchased in August 2014 and received a complete makeover inside and out.
Kristy Howard is the manager of the new Turtle Stop.

Photo by William Swaim/WTOK



Wyandotte Precision Products, located in Joplin, Mo., invested in a new machine designed to give the company new and faster capabilities.

“This machine gives us the ability to do aerospace work with the addition of what’s called a trunion table for true 5 axis machining, which we could not do with our existing equipment,” said WPP General Manager Steve Selby. “The larger work we are able to do with the Haas actually cuts down on the amount of competition we face since this is one of the few large capacity machines in this area.”

The Haas VF-8 Vertical Machining Center with Renishaw Intuitive probing allows WPP to reverse engineer customer parts and do some inspection on the machine. It is wired to accept a 4th and 5th axis, would allow WPP to do the complex aerospace type parts.

“This machine was purchased with the high speed machining option, which allows the machine to look ahead in the program and execute the program with virtually no hesitation,” Selby said. “The size of the machining envelope gives us an advantage over other machine shops allowing us to do much larger work.”

He said the machine, with its 8,000 rpm spindle and over 200 inches per minute travel speeds, is much faster than WPP’s existing machines, which max out at 3,000 rpm and around 100 inches per minute travel speed.  

WPP provides machining, engineering, reverse engineering, and manufacturing.

Wyandotte Services to provide technical security support for Department of Energy

From left, (Front) Dalana Rutledge, Katie Thompson, Kevin Hall, Jim McDaniel. (Middle) Linda Manning, Pauline Douglas, Abbey Campbell, Donna Bibee, Kelly Carpino. (Back) Mark Ott, Cheryl Boykins, Chief Billy Friend, Tanisha Smith-Wimes, Cris Wren Van Horn, Rodney McNeill.

Wyandotte Services has secured a $19 million contract to provide Technical Security Support Services for the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Oak Ridge Office in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Wyandotte Services is a 100-percent tribally-owned, SBA Certified 8(a) company and an established supplier of technical support services. Wyandotte’s highly qualified personnel will implement security programs that protect staff, information, technology, facilities, and the public. 


“We’ve supported the Department of Energy for a number of years at multiple locations and we are excited to establish this relationship with the Oak Ridge Office,” said Katie Thompson, Contracts Manager for the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK), which is the federally chartered corporation of the Wyandotte Nation and drives economic development for the Tribe.

“The Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s ongoing success hinges on our ability to acquire and retain major contracts. This award further validates the DoE’s confidence in Wyandotte’s quality, expertise, and ability to perform.”

The Oak Ridge Office is a premiere site for the DoE Office of Science. Wyandotte Services is providing the technical security support services for the Office of Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management’s (OSSEM) Safeguards and Security (S&S) programs.  It will manage the Personnel Security, Classification and Information Security, and Program Support for multiple locations.

About Wyandotte Services:
Headquartered in a Native American HUBZone, Wyandotte Services is a 100% Tribally-Owned business that supports the economic development of the Wyandotte Nation in Oklahoma. These economic development programs support nutrition, health services, housing, and education scholarships for Tribal members. With the stated mission ‘to advance the standard of living of the Tribe…and to promote in any other way the general welfare of the Indians of the Wyandotte Nation,’ Wyandotte Services proudly provides Technical, Administrative and IT Support Services for DoE and DoD facilities across the nation. Visit www.wyandotteservices.com for more information or contact Katie Thompson, Contracts Manager at (918) 678-4217.




Wyandotte Services (Wyandotte), the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s (WTOK) SBA-Certified 8(a) company is pleased to announce it has secured a $11.3 million contract to provide multiple support services for the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Western Area Power Association (Western) facilities in Lakewood, CO. Wyandotte employee’s will deliver Design, Realty and Lands, Graphics, and Procurement Systems Services Support.

“WTOK has worked with the DoE and Western on multiple contracts over the years, and this award further validates the DoE’s confidence in Wyandotte’s quality, expertise, and dedication to our customers,” states Katie Thompson, Contracts Manager for Wyandotte Services. She adds, “The diversity of duties on this contract is a testament to the wide range of skills personnel we provide the government.”

Wyandotte is responsible for providing drafting services, design and prepare branding material across multiple digital and print mediums, and prepare topographical surveys. Wyandotte technicians will also provide Help Desk ticket resolutions for Western’s Business Information Decision Support System (BIDSS) and Strategic Integrated Procurement System (STRIPES) software.


Wyandotte Services secures contract on GSA Schedule 70

Wyandotte Services is pleased to announce it has secured a contract on the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule 70, one of the most widely used government acquisition vehicles. This contract allows the company to bid on thousands of Information Technology Professional Service contracts offered exclusively through Schedule 70.


Wyandotte Services, a 100% tribally-owned, SBA Certified 8(a) company, is an established supplier of IT and Technical Support Services.

“This contract opens up business opportunities at local, state, and national levels of government,” said Katie Thompson, Contracts Manager for Wyandotte Services. “We look forward to providing our skills and services to a previously untapped government market.”

The GSA offers Government customers thousands of choices for services and supplies at volume discount pricing. For more on the products offered by Wyandotte, visit and register at www.ebuy.gsa.gov. eBuy allows you to review our catalog and request quotes or proposals. Simply search on our name, Wyandotte Services, or under our SIN number, 132 51, to find us.

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The National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference is the nation's premier event for minority businesses and the public and private sectors.

Showing her support for minority-owned enterprises within the state of Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin signed a proclamation supporting August 26th through 30th, 2013 as “Minority Enterprise Development Week” in Oklahoma.


Minority Enterprise Development Week, hosted by REI Native American Business Centers, honored outstanding minority entrepreneurs in Oklahoma.  The week culminated with an annual event that celebrated the contributions made by minority business owners and recognized advocates throughout Oklahoma.  Award winners are acknowledged for achievements such as 

construction firm of the year, technology firm of the year, advocate of the year and an innovation award, among others. Wyandotte Precision Products was recognized as "Manufacturer of the Year".


“This is a wonderful opportunity for the success of Oklahoma’s minority business owners to be recognized,” said Sherry Harlin, REI Business Development Director.  “We’re very appreciative of Governor Fallin joining us in recognizing their achievements.”


The proclamation recognizes that nearly 17 percent of Oklahoma’s businesses are operated by minority business owners directly employing approximately 57,000 workers who generate more than $8.6 billion in gross receipts.


REI Native American Business Centers deliver technical assistance and training programs in an effort to build successful Native American and minority-owned businesses.