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.

Committee Members

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.

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.

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.