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Tribal Council Members

John R. Shotton, Chairman

John R. Shotton is the current Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians.  He has served in that capacity since being elected in November 2007.  Prior to be elected to the office of Chairman, he served on the Tribal Council as the First Member for two years.

Chairman Shotton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to serving the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Chairman Shotton worked for the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute developing and administering programs for tribes across the United States.

In 2012, Chairman Shotton was recognized as one of the “Native American 40 under 40” by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Chairman Shotton is a member of the Owl Clan and belongs to the Otoe Eloska Society as well as the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dancers.  John is married to Dr. Heather Shotton and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sophie Shotton. 580-723-4466 ext 107

Ted Grant, Vice Chairman

Ted Grant was elected November 2, 2012 to a 3 year term as Vice-Chairman on the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. His blood linage comes from the Buffalo Clan of our people. He is the son of the late William “Bill” Grant and Adah Mae Cerre Grant. His grandfather was Frank Grant and his grandmother was Fannie Moore Grant. He and his wife Teresa have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. They have been married for 39 years.

The Vice Chairman belongs to the First Born Church of the Otoe-Missouria Chapter and is a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Sweat Lodge. He is one of the original founders of the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dancers and also a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He was raised with the traditional values of our people which play a very important part in his life as well as his family.

Mr. Grant has worked many jobs with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe over the years including: construction labor, security officer, bingo caller, Conservation Officer, Director of the Otoe-Missouria Gaming Commission, surveillance and security. He also served as the Chief of Police and Chief Bailiff for the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Court for 12 years. He is a strong believer in taking care of elders and children. 580-723-4466 ext 102

Darrell Kihega, Tribal Secretary

Secretary Kihega’s great-grandparents were George and Grace Kihega, his grandparents were Richard and Bernice Kihega and his parents were Carroll and Nancy Kihega. He is a member of the Pigeon Clan. 580-723-4466 ext 139

Courtney Burgess, Tribal Treasurer 

Before being elected to the position of Tribal Treasurer in 2012, Ms. Burgess  worked as the WIC Director since 2008. 

Ms. Burgess is the daughter of Curtis Burgess Jr and Julia Kihega. Her grandparents are Curtis & Shirley Burgess and Ronald Kihega and the late Imogene Columbus-Kihega. Ms. Burgess is mother of Larissa, Nathan and Kaidence. Treasurer Burgess is a member of the Bear Clan. 580-723-4466 ext 115


Wesley J Hudson
Wesley J. Hudson, First Member

First Member Wesley J. Hudson attended Chilocco Indian School, Haskell Indian Junior College and Oklahoma State University. He was elected Tribal Secretary from June of 2006 to November 2007 and then elected to First Member in November 2007.

First Member Hudson is the son of Beverly Paukei Hudson (Kiowa Tribe) and the late Percy John Hudson. He is Beaver Clan and resides in Ponca City with his wife Marcie (Ponca Tribe). He has been married for 30 years. Together they have seven children and 12 grandchildren. He has worked as the Tax Director/Loan Officer for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe for the past 24 years.

First Member Hudson’s brothers are Rick Hudson, George Hudson and Berwyn Moses. His sister is Jamie Beaver. He is a member of the prestigious Kiowa Gourd Clan, Red Rock Creek gourd dancers and the World Champion Yellowhammer Singers. His father was a well known Straight Dancer and Arena Director. First Member Hudson followed in his father’s footsteps, fancy feather dancing in his younger years and serving as an Arena Director throughout the United States and Canada. He enjoys watching his children and grandkids dance in their Indian clothes, playing softball, golfing and coaching little league sports. 580-723-4466 ext 112

Melanie Harader, Second Member

Second Member Melanie Harader is the daughter of the late Billy and Charlotte (Pettit) Estes. Her grandparents are the late Charles and Esther (Burgess) Pettit. She is Bear Clan.

Melanie and husband Scott have been married 18 years, and they are the proud parents of Lane Harader and Dani Rose Harader. Mrs. Harader’s sisters are Mahala Keller, Malinda Estes, and Ada Estes Mehojah. Her brothers are Tony Estes and Mark Davis.

Before being elected to the Tribal Council, Second Member Harader was the Social Services Director, a position she held since 1999. She has written numerous grants and contracts and increased funding and services. She continues to seek opportunities to assist tribal members, and is committed to being supportive and responsive to the needs and concerns of all tribal members. 580-723-4466 ext 141

Alvin Moore Sr., Third Member

Alvin Moore Sr. is the Third Member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council.  Mr. Moore resides in Red Rock with his wife Denise and son Alvin Jr.  He has two grown daughters Shannon and April Moore.

Mr. Moore is a member of the Owl Clan.  He was a founding member of the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dance Organization in the early 1990s.

He worked for the Indian Health Service, Office of Environmental Health for 32 years. 580-723-4466 ext 223