Tonkawa Tribal Business Committee

Mission Statement: Our goal is to see that education becomes a priority and that our graduation rate increases.   We believe our youth is our future and our future depends on education.  Take care of our elders.  Bring accountability and consistency to all aspects of our tribe.  We have unlimited resources that we must utilize to obtain self-sufficiency. 

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Council and of the Tribal Committee. He shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Council and the Tribal Committee and shall perform all duties appertaining to the office of President.

Bio.: Tribal President, Russell Martin, is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University 1989, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Education and a graduate of Tonkawa High School 1984. He and his wife Kelly of 25 years have four children, Hunter, Gage, Rustin, and Kennedy. Russell has worked as the CEO Seminole Nation Gaming, General Manager of Native Lights Casino, Chairman Tonkawa Tribal Gaming Commission, and as a school teacher/coach for 18 years.

The Vice-President is empowered to act in the absence of the President, or during proceedings to remove him, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of that office. In case of vacancy, the Vice-President shall succeed at once to the office of President.

Bio.: Patrick Waldroup, Vice President, attended Seminole State College and also served in the United States Navy. He coached high school baseball and basketball for five years, was the Compliance Manger for the Tonkawa Tribal Gaming Commission, and the General Manager for Tonkawa Indian Casino East and Tonkawa Indian Casino West.


As the Secretary Treasurer she correctly records the proceedings of all the meetings. She makes out the order of the business for the President, notifies all members of the committee of their appointments. She has custody of the records and all papers of the Council, which records and papers are open to inspection at any time, in her presence, by any member of the Council desiring to read them. She keeps a correct list of all members of the Council, authenticates all accounts and orders of the Council. At the expiration of her term of office all the records and papers in her possession shall be turned over to her successor. She issues notices of all meetings and conducts all the general correspondence, as directed by the Council or Tribal Committee.

She is responsible for certifying Federal program financial documents and signing all checks for disbursement. In addition, she authorizes and approves all Federal, State and local grants, contracts, and agreements to include their budgets, goals, personnel, scope of work, evaluation plans, and assurances. She monitors and reports on investment accounts held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bio.: Secretary/Treasurer, Racheal Starr, attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. She has three beautiful children, Keely, Keifer and Kaedyn. Racheal was a dedicated member of the Tonkawa Tribal Finance Department as the Accounts Payable Clerk for numerous years before she was asked to serve as Secretary Treasurer.