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KNED Keep Oklahoma Beautiful finalist

The Kaw Nation Environmental Department was named a finalist for a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award for its Beaver Creek Wetland outreach program on Tuesday.

KNED was nominated under the tribal government category for its educational outreach. Since 2011, the department has brought classes of middle school age children from area schools to the wetland east of Kaw City to teach them about its role in the ecosystem.

This May, KNED brought classes from Blackwell Middle School, Braman School, Shidler Middle School and Newkirk Middle School to the wetland. Students participated in plant identification, water sampling and soil study activities.

Beaver Creek Wetland is the only wetland in the north central Oklahoma. KNED maintains the wetland throughout the year by performing prescribed burns, mowing grass and monitoring water quality in Beaver Creek.

KNED was a finalist last year for the wetland program, but did not win.

The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards will be presented on Nov. 20 at the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Beaver Creek Wetland

Newkirk Shidler

The KNED brought Newkirk Middle School, Blackwell Middle School, Braman School and Shidler Middle School to the Beaver Creek Wetland between May 1 and 7. The KNED taught them about the wetland’s role in water filtration and storage, flood control, sediment trapping and nutrient cycling. Students participated in water quality, plant identification and soil study activities.

Kanokla Networks donated $100 to Kaw Nation for its recycling center.


Rusty Partee (left) presents Kaw Nation Environmental Director Dejene Alemayehu (right) with the donation.

Kaw Nation wins Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award.


Kaw Nation received the Team Builder award at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards for its partnership with the town of Braman and American Legion Post 259 on the Kaw Nation Recycling Center. Legionnaires volunteer to help operate the recycling center and painted the front of the building.

Kaw Nation Environmental Director Dr. Dejene Alemayehu receives honorary tribal membership

Kaw Nation Environmental Director Dr. Dejene Alemayehu

During the 2013 Kaw Powwow, the tribe awarded Kaw Nation Environmental Director Dr. Dejene Alemayehu with an honorary tribal membership. Kaw Nation praised him for his service protecting the natural resources of tribal land since he began with KNED in 2000. Honorary tribal membership does grant the person the rights or privileges of ordinary tribal members.”

2011 Alumni Award Presented to Dejene Alemayehu Ph.D.

Dejene Alemayehu Ph.D., Director of the EPA Department for the Kaw Nation, was selected as the winner of the 2011 Alumni Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement.

This award was presented to Dejene on March 24th, 2011 at the Ninth Annual Environmental Awards Reception.

This annual event is hosted by Oklahoma State University’s Environmental Science Graduate Program, and sponsored by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.


Pictured L-R: Dr.Will Focht, Director of Oklahoma State University Environmental Science Graduate Program and Dejene Alemayehu Ph.D., Director of the EPA Department for the Kaw Nation


    US Mail: KNED
    801 Washunga Drive
    Kaw City, OK 74641
    Telephone: (580) 269-1203
    Fax: (580) 269-2368: Attn ENVIRONMENTAL
    Tribal Members: If you wish to request Tribal services (mold, water, radon, soil testing, etc.), please feel free to complete the Tribal Service Request Form. We'll be happy to discuss these requests with you to further educate ourselves with your problem in order to find the best solution.
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