Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Kaw Nation Police

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Kaw Nation Police Department website.

Our headquarters are located at 3251 East River Road in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The Kaw Nation has provided law enforcement services for its people for many years. Our vision is to provide the most professional services for our people.

In Section 101 of our By-laws, it states: “There is hereby established a Tribal Law Enforcement Department within the Tribal Administration to be known as the “Kaw Nation Tribal Police Department” or (KNTPD). It shall be the duty of all employees assigned to the (KNTPD) to serve the public by enforcement of the tribal laws and rendering such assistance relative to law enforcement as may be necessary, and to protect all persons and property within the Tribal jurisdiction criminal activities.”

Contact Us

Email: kntpchief@kawnation.com

Office: 580-269-2552 ext. 228
24hr Duty Phone: 580-767-9424
Fax: 580-269-2109

Emergency: 911







Jim Sherron – Chief of Police

I would like to introduce myself to the Kanza people. My name is Jim Sherron and I am the new Chief of Police for the Kaw Nation. I am a member of the Ponca Tribe coming from the Whitestar and Warrior family. I have been married to Sarah Sherron since 1982 and have 3 sons Daniel, Caleb and Luke. I graduated from Ponca City High School in 1982.

I bring to the table 25 years of Law enforcement experience. I joined the Newkirk Police Department in May of 1990 and resigned my position in April of 1992 to join the Ponca City Police Department. I spent 6 years in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Detective, where I spent the next 17 years.

I was Police Officer of the year and also received an award from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police in 1996. I was one of the first bicycle police officers in Ponca City, first Swat team member, and among the first Citizen Police academy instructors.  I retired in 2015 from Ponca City and started as a Background Investigator with the Kaw Nation in August of 2018. I was appointed as Chief of Police in January of 2019. I have an Advanced Law enforcement certificate from CLEET and I am a CLEET instructor.

My goals for the Kaw Nation Police Department is to have a department that is approachable and diversified. I am a big supporter of Community Policing and I believe that without the help of the public and the citizens we are at a pure disadvantage. I have always depended on my ways as a Native American to be good to others and to always be there to help someone in need. Since I am Ponca I understand a lot of the Kanza language because our tribes both come from the Dhegiha linguistic family. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to serve a tribe that is related to my own. I moved to Newkirk in 1989 and have met numerous Kanza people young and old while living here. I want this Police Department to not only act as a servant to the community of the Kanza but also to provide a service that is second to none in the Law Enforcement Community. I am always open to suggestions and different ways my officers can best serve the public.

The Police Department has just purchased three new vehicles and we will be replacing our oldest vehicles with the new ones. I have given Southwind Casino one of our oldest trucks already and they were pleased and already using it. The two newest Police officers are Alan Wilson and Morgan Ward, both are great guys and eager to serve the public. I am in the process of buying software to get our livescan machine up and running so KNPD will be able to take fingerprints to send to the FBI for our employees. I am also in the process of purchasing some much needed basic police officer tools, fingerprint kits, evidence markers, cameras, and new uniforms. I have already given one class to the officers and I am excited about the possibilities to come with this department.

Rob Seney – Assistant Chief

My name is Rob Seney, I am currently the Assistant Chief with the Kaw Nation Police Department. I began my career in law enforcement with the Blackwell Police Department in 1992. I have had many roles within the police departments to include IT Manager, evidence officer, accident investigator among a few. I have been employed, off and on, with the Kaw Nation since 2010 within various departments. My roll has defiantly increased with the appointment to Assistant Chief. One such newly appointed duty is to conduct all of the Adjudication Certifications for Chief Ray and the tribe. I have and will continue to work closely with Chief Ray to create a new updated department to handle all situations that may arise from the past, present, or future.

My door is always open to the public.

Chris Haney – Police Officer

Christopher Haney is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and has twenty years of law enforcement experience. He started his career in 1997 with the city of Wewoka Police Department.

Since that time, he has worked for county, Tribal, and Federal agencies. Christopher Haney is a Federal and State certified peace officer and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association. (NTOA)
He has a long list of training most of which are in tactical operations. Some of his most notable training includes : Basic SWAT, Air Assault, Desert Snow, Advanced Highway Drug Interdiction, and the DEA basic narcotics investigator course. Chris enjoys working Indian country law enforcement the most, due to the many challenges and diverse history of Indian Country.

Samantha Smith – Police Officer

Samantha Nicole Smith was born to James and Susy Smith on October 19th 1992 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The eldest of four siblings, she was raised and still currently resides in Blackwell, Oklahoma. In 2011, she graduated from Blackwell High School and attended Northern Oklahoma College with a full scholarship in music/theater. The following two years, Samantha changed her major from Behavioral Science to Creative Arts.

From 2013 to 2015, she worked for the Blackwell Police Department as an Animal Control Officer (ACO), alongside Senior ACO John Gerian. During these two years as an ACO she also worked for Shepherd Oil Company and Blackwell Animal Hospital.

In May of 2017, Samantha was hired at Kaw Nation as a patrol officer. She attended the United States Indian Police Academy in Artesia, New Mexico July 2017, and graduated in October 2017. She also received her Oklahoma CLEET certification in January 2018. She enjoys working for the Kaw Nation under Chief Nick Krug and Assistant Chief Rob Seney and looks forward to serving Kaw Tribal Citizens in any way she can.

Sam R. Soutter – Police Officer

I started my career in Law Enforcement in 2009 as a jailer for Osage Co. Sheriff’s Office, CLEET certified in 2013, left Osage Co. Sheriff’s Office in 2014 to work for Pawhuska Police Department as an Officer for the City of Pawhuska. Left Pawhuska at the end of 2015 to work for the Osage Nation Police Department as a tribal officer, left Osage Nation PD at the begin of 2018 to work for Kaw Nation Police Department. I am a certified S.W.A.T Officer and a certified Law Enforcement Sniper. I have been member of the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and proudly served for 12 years, I have deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011-12. I am happy to serve the people of The Kaw Nation and to further my Law Enforcement career with the Kaw Nation Police Department.

Alan Wilson – Police Officer

My name is Alan Wilson. I started my Law enforcement career in California in 2007 as a volunteer and then a reserved. I moved to Oklahoma in 2013 where I was given the opportunity to work in Tribal law with the Osage Nation Police Department. I’ve served as an Officer in several cities and small towns all over Oklahoma before arriving at Kaw Nation Police Department in 2019 where I enjoy serving the great people of Kaw Nation


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