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Law Enforcement (4)

Since April 2000, the Comanche Nation Police Department has grown from its humble reorganization to a premier law enforcement agency in Southwest Oklahoma. Using Department of Justice Tribal Grants the agency has grown from a simple four-man department to its current structure. The department houses Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations, Administration Division, and a Dispatch Center. Chief Griffin is a member of the Oklahoma Chief of Police Association serving as the Secretary/Treasurer along with membership on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation and Professional Standards Council. The Comanche Nation Police is the only state accredited tribal agency in the United States.


Future goals for the agency is to integrate emergency services with the Fire Program, build a new training facility for weapon training needs, and put the Adam Walsh requirement on line with a new tribal registry. Chief Griffin attributes the success of the department to the support of the tribal community by approval of the annual budgets and close interaction with many community leaders on the issues of concern of the tribal community. Community policing is not just a concept or goal in our tribal community it is practiced. “I meet daily with concerned tribal leaders and community members who provide valuable insight on how to best address their concerns with the resources available”.



(580) 492 5991
(877) TRIBAL 911
Office (580) 492 3789



Comanche Nation Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502



8527 NW Madische Rd.
Lawton, OK 73507

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Fire Management

Fire Management (2)

The Comanche Nation Fire Program has been active since 1996 and is currently located on Madische Road across the road from the Comanche Nation Complex. To date, the program has established a two Type-6 Fire Engine and a Type-II Initial Attack Hand Crew which is sponsor by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of Anadarko, Oklahoma.




Richard Chibitty


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Emergency Managment

Emergency Managment (0)

Our mission is to develop and maintain a comprehensive plan to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of major emergencies that might occur within the Comanche Nation.


We are a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency management program for the Comanche Nation. we seek to migrate the effects of hazards, prepare for measures to be taken which will preserve life and minimize damage, enhance response during emergencies and provide necessary assistance, and establish a recovery system in order to return the Comanche Nation to it's normal state of affairs.


Emergency management (or disaster management) is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disaster before it occurs, disaster response (e.g., emergency evacuation, quarantine, mass decontamination, etc.), and supporting, and rebuilding society after natural or human-made disasters have occurred.


Any Emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or ameliorate the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards. Actions taken depend in part on perceptions of risk of those exposed.


Effective emergency management relies on thorough integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government involvement. Activities at each level (individual, group, community) affect the other levels.


The process of emergency management involves four phases: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.




Contact Us

Ph: (580) 492 3628
Fax: (580) 492 3796



584 NW Bingo Rd.
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73507


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Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention (0)

Keeping Our Tradition Alive with Injury Prevention

The Objective for the Injury Prevention Program is to increase the awareness of safety to the general public through modifications of the environment. This is done through demonstrations, educational awareness, and presentations. We challenge all of these categories to promote behavioral changes and to reduce the injuries caused by unintentional and intentional injuries.


Services Provided

Car Seats

Smoke Alarms

Fire Extinguishers

Bike Helmets


Information in

Injury Prevention

Natural Disaster

Health Awareness




Bonita Paddyaker




Ph: (580) 492 3343
Ph: (580) 492 3344
Fax: (580) 492 6436

[email protected]

[email protected]



Comanche Nation Injury Prevention
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502



584 NW Bingo Rd.
Lawton, OK 73507

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Transit (0)

It is our policy of the Comanche Nation Transit to provide services to the community. Our objective is to provide assistance for our passengers in a prompt, courteous fashion without discriminating against race, color, physical handicap or disability and national origin. We provide services to work, vocational school, college, medical appointments, grocery shopping, pay bills, appointment for dialysis patients etc. The Comanche Nation Transit has eight buses serving over 28,000 annually.


The communities we serve are: Lawton, Apache, Elgin, Cyril, Fletcher, and Cache.


Hours of Operation: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday


To schedule a ride, please call (580) 492 3389.

Please have the following information ready: Name, Phone Number, Time needed for ride/return, Pick up address, Drop off address, and any mobility aids used (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.)




Michele Vanhoose



Ph: (580) 492 3389
Fax: (580) 492 3799



Comanche Nation Transit
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502



584 NW Bingo Rd.
Lawton, OK  73507

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Gravel Tinhorn

Gravel Tinhorn (0)


Our mission is to improve service to our tribal members by utilizing our equipment and manpower to make sure our job is done right.


We cover all towns in the surrounding areas of the following counties: Comanche, Tillman, Cotton, Stephens, Grady, Caddo and Kiowa County.

We provide our service by building new Driveways & Driveway overhauls along with installing tinhorns where and when needed. Tribal members are allowed up to 25/ ton of 1 ½ crusher run rock per fiscal year.

This is a one -time per fiscal year service for Comanche Nation Tribal Members.



Must be an enrolled Comanche Nation Tribal Member and have Proof of Enrollment.

Must have proof of ownership where service will be conducted.

Must not benefit any business or any non-Comanche Tribal Member.

Must reside in Comanche Nation Jurisdiction.


Upon receiving a completed application for service the supervisor will come do an assessment on the driveway.  The assessment will determine the priority of driveway against other applicants in the same area.  The supervisor will contact the tribal member by phone and let them know when he will be coming out for the assessment. There will be pictures taken of the driveway both before and after completion has been reached.

Driveway Applications are determined by priority, not date received, once we have reached the applicant's area.





Kyle Tahpay Sr., Supervisor





Ph: 580-492-3306

Fax: 580-492-3799



Comanche Nation Private Drives

P.O. Box 908

Lawton, OK 73502

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Transportation (0)

The Transportation Department began in 1992 to address an unmet need in the tribal community for more accessible, safe roadways and bridges. Through the diligent efforts and perseverance of the Comanche Nation Government, today various miles of road and twenty-three bridges have made daily travel for tribal members less hazardous.



Adrian Tehauno



Ph: (580) 492 3304
Fax: (580) 492 3799



Comanche Nation Transportation
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502



584 NW Bingo Rd.
Lawton, OK

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Environmental (EPA)

Environmental (EPA) (0)

Comanche Nation Environmental Programs mission is to protect, preserve and maintain the health of our tribal members, as well as educate our tribal members, and their natural resources and environment as it relates to the air, land and water. The department vision is to improve our services to our Comanche tribal members, by utilizing our man power and equipment to assist our tribal members in a timely manner, with cooperation and compassion.


Our Motto: To Protect, Preserve and Maintain


The Comanche Nation Environmental Programs work to eliminate hazardous materials that contaminate our soil, water and air of the Comanche Nation.  Our jurisdiction extends over 8 counties Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Kiowa, Caddo, Stephens, Jefferson & Grady.

Comanche Nation works together in partnership with:


  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
  • USPHS Environmental Health
  • Inter-tribal Environmental Council (ITEC)
  • Oklahoma Tribal Water Advisory Council
  • Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS)
  • Inter-tribal Council of Arizona(ITCA)
  • Western Oklahoma Tribal Environmental Consortium(WOTEC)
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI)
  • USDA


Water Quality Division

Comanche Nation Water Resources Technicians perform routine spot and duration testing of water quality of the major lakes, rivers, streams and creeks within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Comanche Nation. Testing for various parameters, including pH, turbidity, nitrate-N, dissolved oxygen, temperature and conductivity.

Tribal members with drinking water wells may receive water testing services upon request, from our office at no cost. Upon receipt of analysis a final written report will be given back to tribal member detailing all findings.

Water is a precious resource and universal necessity of life not only for humans but plants and animals. The consumption of water is necessary to sustain life. Safe drinking water is a primary environmental health concern.

Both rural water and city water is treated through a stringent process. However, if this water has an unusual odor or color please contact our office, and your local provider, as soon as possible.

Indoor Air Quality Division


Mold Inspection


Comanche Nation Indoor Air Quality Inspectors perform Mold inspection upon receiving a completed application. GPS will be done on all sites. The inspector will do air quality testing and take samples (if needed) using the Bio-Pump and tape lifts as well as visual inspection and pictures. Upon the receipt of analysis a final written report will be done then the inspector will inform the tribal member of the findings and a copy of the report will be presented to tribal member.

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp sport and begin to grow. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.  Allergic reactions to mold are common.  Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold.  Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on.  You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.  When water leaks or spills occur indoors ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.

Moisture control is the key to mold control.

Air Duct Inspection


Upon receiving a completed application and a call arranging a time and date for an inspection, the Certified Air Duct Inspector will come into your home and will use a High Definition (HD) camera, showing a live recording on a laptop of the dust particles and contaminates in the air ducts of your home.  At the completion of the inspection, it will be determined by the inspector if your homes air duct system needs a thorough cleaning.  During the cleaning a vacuum machine with a hose attached to a brush will be inserted into the duct and begin to break the debris and dust particles up while removing them from the ducts and out of your home.

Today our homes and workplaces are air-tight and energy efficient.  This means that they trap pollutants and contaminants inside, which lowers the quality of the air we breathe.  Homes and offices have contaminated air that is circulated through the central heating and air systems.  Even frequent filter changes cannot stop this contamination.  Contamination builds up over time in your air system.  This build-up will reduce the efficiency of your air system, shorten its operation life, and continue to circulate the contaminants throughout your home.

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes.  Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home.  High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Dust aggravates breathing problems, causes burning/itching eyes, itchy skin, and can also make allergy problems worse.  House dust is more dangerous than outdoor dust because it has bacteria, pollen, skin flakes, decaying organic matter, fungi, hair, dust mites, viruses, textile fibers residue from chemicals, and many other contaminants.


Solid Waste Division


Dump Trailer Program


Comanche Nation Solid Waste program has changed to bulk item pick up. Dump trailers will no longer be left at homes. Upon receiving a completed application an assessment will be conducted then we will set an appointment date for pickup. For at home pick up, items must be separated into groups of metal objects, tree limbs/wood, furniture, appliances, and trash. Tires and batteries will only be accepted at the EPA office.



Illegal Dumpsite Clean-up


Upon receiving a completed application the tribal member will be contacted to set a time up for the dump-site to be inspected. Assessments will be done to determine how hazardous the site is the will determine where to start with our cleanup and what equipment is needed. GPS will also be done on all sites.  Currently, due to limited equipment, jobs that require heavy duty equipment are on hold.  We still accept completed applications and jobs will be placed accordingly.

Working with our tribal members we can keep our lands and homes clean with proper disposal of waste.  Illegal dumping is the depositing of solid waste on trust land other than an approved facility.

You MAY NOT dispose of your trash along roadways, in fields, wooded areas, stream valleys (creeks), & park-lands. 

Recycling Division

In this division we have placed containers around the tribal complex to collect recyclable items like aluminum cans, #1, and #2 plastics.  We also provide a Recycle Bin to collect all previously listed items in addition to, batteries and paper.  The Solid Waste department currently rotates the Recycle Bin location to several Comanche Nation locations.  This includes the tribal community buildings in Apache, Walters, and the Cahoma building in Cache.  We also place the Recycle Bin in the parking lot of the Comanche Nation tribal complex.  Members can bring their tires and old batteries to the Environmental department office. to be properly disposed of, during business hours throughout the year.

The Comanche Nation Solid Waste department is very proud to mention that our Annual Tire and Battery Drive has helped our communities in properly disposing of tires and batteries with collecting 3,000 tires yearly.  Our Annual Tire and Battery Drive, held every February, is open to the public and takes place in the Anadarko, Apache, Cache, and Walters communities.

The Comanche Nation Environmental Program held our 5th Annual Earth Day event on April 22, 2015.  We had several students from surrounding schools and many tribal members in attendance.  We also had several vendors and other Environmental Entities, as well as our own divisions set up booths to share information and helpful tips on being more environmentally aware.  Our 5th Annual Earth Day even was a great success and planning for our next year has begun!





Brian Stillwell




Ph: (580) 492 3754
Ph: (580) 492 3734
Fax: (580) 492 3733



Comanche Nation
Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502



Office of Environmental Programs located across the road west of main complex.
Turn off the road West by the Fire / Police Department
8527 NW Madische Rd.
Lawton, OK 73507



Bulk Item Pickup

Illegal Dumpsite

Indoor Air Quality/Mold Inspection

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Duties (Fire Management)

The Comanche Nation Fire Program Engine and Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew member duties include:

• Drives the fire engine to wild land fire locations and positions it accordingly.

• Serves on crews performing duties in fire prevention and suppression.

• Cleans, recondition, and stores simple fire tools and equipment.

• Also special tribal event that may occur through the season.

• Lays or directs hose in the use of water.

• Chops, carries, and piles logging slash.

• May be required to work extended hours to under extremely difficult and demanding conditions.

• Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump.

• Performs prescribed burning crew duties in order to reduce fuel hazards and disease while protecting wildlife.

• Patrols fire line to locate and extinguish sparks, flare-ups, and hot spots that may threaten loss of control of the fire.

• Operates an engine used to pump and distribute water necessary to the suppression and extinguishing of wild land fires.

• Assists with fire dispatch through operation of radios, telephones, and other necessary equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities.

• Assists with fire dispatch through operation or radio, and other necessary equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest suppression activities.

• Moves dirt, chop brush, and falls small trees to build fire line using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, pulaskis, and mcleods to control spreading wild land fire and/or prepare lines prior to controlled burning.

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About Us (Fire Management)

The Comanche Nation Fire Program has been active since 1996 and is currently located on Maddische Road across the road from the Comanche Nation Complex. To date, the program has established a two Type-6 Engine Crew and a Type-II Initial Attack Hand Crew which is sponsor by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of Anadarko, Oklahoma.


We currently patrol the following 8 counties of trust land for fires in Oklahoma: Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Stephen, Jefferson, Caddo, Kiowa, Grady, also nation wide and mutual aide with volunteer fire department if needed.


The Comanche Nation Fire Program has four full-time employees and emergency fire fighters. The program trains firefighters to suppress wild land fires, conduct controlled burns and coordinate fire prevention with tribal activities. Applications for controlled burns on Comanche Trust Lands only please contact Comanche Nation Fire Program at (580) 492 3600 Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Offender Registry



The Comanche Nation Sex Offender Registry, maintained by the Comanche Nation Police under the direction of Officer Tracy, provides public information on sex offenders required to register pursuant to the Adam Walsh Sex Act 2006.  The Act applies to any person residing, working, or attending school within the state who has been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime in the Comanche Nation, or has entered the Comanche Nation, having previously been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime.

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Under this division the Dispatch Center, Training, and Sex Registry is housed. The department operates an in-house 911 center under the direction of Ms. Brake to receive notifications from the tribal community regardless where they live. The centralized center receives fire and police calls and coordinates emergency medical response with the appropriate emergency response centers.  The 1-877-Tribal911 can be reached throughout the nation and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System allow the Nation to communication with sister agencies nationwide 24 hours a day.


The Training Manager Capt. Wood coordinates all training requirements and maintains the agency accreditation activity.  The Comanche Nation Police continues to be the only state accredited agency nationally and has maintained this status since April 2004.


The Comanche Nation Community Policing Office directed by Officer Smith developed the tribe’s Cops and Kids Picnic, Shop with a Cop, Citizen Police Academy and Crime-Stoppers activities.  Each of the programs brings information and clarity of the mission and vision of the Comanche Nation Police and its interaction with the tribal community.

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Criminal Investigations

This division investigates and prepares cases for adjudication in the appropriate court. Capt Daly and Sgt Kastner are graduates of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Investigator Academy.   Within the division, a joint collation with surrounding agencies, district attorneys, and task force personnel was established to share information on criminal and drug activity in North Texas and Southwest Oklahoma. This monthly meeting has bought success to tracking and case building on known drug distributors and manufacturers.  Additionally the agency has three additional graduates of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy who aid the Criminal Investigation division.

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Under the direction of Assistant Chief Niedo, the division provides services to the tribal members, business, and court services.   Within the patrol division, the structure includes patrol activities, community activities, crime prevention, and K-9 activities over the 63,000 square miles of Indian Country over seven southwest Oklahoma Counties.  This vast expanse extends from Anadarko to the Red River boarder and Jackson County to Stevens County.

The department has Weapon Instructors who provide weapon safety training to the department and other police agencies. This training includes lethal and non-lethal weapons, Taser Certifications, Pepper Ball, Chemical, and Baton. Use of Force, Custody and Control, and Active Shooter response trainings are significant to protection of our tribal community.


The department has specialized trained officers such as Narcotics Officers who are Clan Lab

Certified to disassemble meth labs, operate in hazardous to process, and collect evidence

for the adjudication of meth manufactures and distributors in Indian Country.