Richard (Ric) Lonsinger was born in 1967, Wichita, Kansas and is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma Indians. Ric is the youngest of eight siblings. Ric was adopted individually in 1971 by a family from Liberty, Mo. a suburb north of Kansas City,MO. His adoptive father is an environmental engineer executive who is known today for his industrial, political, and entrepreneurial acumen.
Having been raised in this environment influenced Ric with his career choices, which have included a broad range of leadership and senior management capacities that include business acquisitions and various startup operations. Ric has gained the hands-on experience to bring strategic focus, planning, vision, and mature business judgment to a team.
Ric is a people person; he has a natural networking ability. He has a long standing history of leveraging relationships that provide diverse political, business, legal, and financial advisory expertise with a variety of entrepreneurial market-making businesses.
Ric has a successful professional history that includes many years in senior leadership roles working in the new car franchise business. Ric has won numerous sales and service awards.He has owned and operated a used car and auto wholesale operations in addition to his experience in the new vehicle market, demonstrating his versatility and ability to adapt to changing markets.
As an entrepreneur, Ric has always had a passion for construction and real estate, beyond his interest in the automotive indus-try. In the past he has founded a Native-American owned construction company and competed for both State and Federal set aside projects. He has been successful in these ventures, among others. Ric currently operates and owns a light construction remodeling and new construction business that provides services in the City of Lawrence, Kansas and also provides services within the Kansas City metro area.
Ric has raised a family in Lawrence Kansas and has two successful step daughters. Jocilyn, an Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jessica whom is a licensed insurance and investment broker with her own agency in Lawrence, Kansas. In total Ric has four grandchildren, two girls and two boys.
Attended Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg Missouri
Finance and Insurance School graduate, Shamburg Illinois
Professional Insurance Licensing Education, State of Kansas
Principles of Insurance Course, State of Kansas Principles of Real Estate Kansas Association of Realtors
Turner School of Construction Management Training Program for Minority Business’s
Attendee of federal training and networking events for MBE’s
Advisory Chair to Broadway Homes LLC-New Home Builder, Overland Park KS
Joe Thompson’s roots are planted deeply within the Kay County community and helping his Ponca people achieve a successful future. During his youth, he was actively involved with sports which led him to be an All State Wrestler and the Oklahoma High School Association State Champion Wrestler in 1985, during his senior year at Ponca City High School.
Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College with a double major in Human Resource management and Criminal Justice.
Thompson is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma with his Native ancestry coming from his maternal side (Maxine “Williams” Thompson). He respects the teaching of his Native American heritage and culture that was passed down to him, from his late grandfather, Parrish Williams, and grandmother Eunice (Cries for Ribs) Williams.
Before accepting his current position as Director of the Human Resources for Kaw Nation, Thompson previously worked as Director of Social Development Center and Education Director for the Ponca Tribe, and as Office Manager and Workforce Specialist III for Workforce Oklahoma, dedicating his time to finding jobs for individuals and encouraging businesses to collaborate with Workforce Oklahoma in finding the right employee for the jobs they have to offer, along with introducing employment services they are able to provide to businesses in the community.
Prior to Thompson’s career at the Ponca Tribe and Workforce Oklahoma, he worked as the Tribal Youth Program Director managing all youth grants for the Kaw Nation. He helped establish an after school and summer program for at-risk native youth, which focused on mentoring and tutoring.
He also was a participant of the Ameri-Corps Service Learning Program in 1996. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors. He is an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoys boating on the lake with his family. He is a loyal and devoted Oklahoma State University fan. Thompson is married to Jessica and has two children, Jules Raylin and Jax Ray.
Barbara A. Warner (Le-za-teh), an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, is a graduate of Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and has received an M.B.A. in Business Management (1985) and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and in English (1980) from the University of Central Oklahoma.
She served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission from 1993 – 2011. Barbara has received several awards throughout her career including the American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Award” and “Advocate of the Year”; “Outstanding Indian of the Year” by the American Indian Exposition after of which the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma presented her with a personal and professional achievement plaque for this honor; “Best of Indian Country Activist” and “Best of Indian Country Leader (non-elected)” by the Native American Times reader poll; “Friend of the Court” medal from the Oklahoma Supreme Court; a Governor’s Commendation for outstanding service rendered during the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration; the “Oklahoma State Service Award” trophy at the annual Native America Heritage Day Celebration at the State Capitol, as well as a Governor’s Commendation for Service under Governor Brad Henry. Barbara was also one of 50 tribal elders honored for contributions to their Tribal nation, the state, and/or community in 2008 at the inaugural “Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors” event sponsored by the AARP (American Association of Retired People).
After retiring from the State of Oklahoma, Barbara did contract work for the Oklahoma City offices Hobbs, Straus, Dean, and Walker Law Firm as a Governmental Affairs Specialist. She currently serves as a Secretary of the Ponca Indian Economic Development Authority Enterprise Board (Ponca Tribal Corporation) and Member of the Ponca Enterprise Gaming, LLC with the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
Because of her work in Indian affairs, she was presented with her own song in 1995, composed by the late Eli Warrior of the Ponca Nation. She is a member of the Ponca Scalp Dance Society, Pah-tha-tah.
Barbara is the granddaughter of the late Louis (“Roaring Thunder”) McDonald and Mattie (Roughface) McDonald and daughter of the late S.A. “Pat” and Cynthia (McDonald) Warner. She has two sisters both of Oklahoma City, Victoria Goodwin and Norma Aldridge. Barbara is the proud mother of two sons, the late Make’ Samuel Ross (“Not Afraid”) and the late Louis Dekeneks Ross (“Roaring Thunder”) and grandmother to Anna (Le-dtoh-way) Ross.
Oliver Little Cook Sr. is the current Chairman of the Ponca Tribal Business Committee and also serves on the Ponca Enterprise Gaming Board (PEG).
Oliver is the youngest child of the late Amos and Alice (Waters) Littlecook. He was raised in a traditional home with his father being a devout member of the Native American Church and his mother who is often regarded as one of the original chorus girls of the Ponca Tribe. Oliver has carried on these ways and has been instrumental in passing these teachings on to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife Theresa make their home in Ponca City and together have five children and numerous grandchildren, as well as a host of adopted relatives all across Indian Country. Oliver has been a lifelong participant and leader of the Ponca Native American Church and has been a Ponca singer and acclaimed Master of Ceremonies at various Powwow’s and dances all across the United States.
Oliver has had a successful career all across Indian Country and has held many prestigious positions for various Indian tribes. From Self-Governance to Health Director, Oliver has continually worked to improve the services and offerings that are afforded to Native Americans. As the current Chairman of the Ponca Tribe he is committed to bringing economic stability to the Ponca people and expanding our economic footprint within Indian gaming and beyond.
Daniel L. Sherron (U'he'Ga'xe) is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma currently serving as Chairman of the Ponca Tribal Corporation Board.
Sherron was born in Ponca City, but was raised and graduated from Newkirk High School in 2003. In 2013 he graduated from Northern Oklahoma College with an Associate of Science in General Studies. Following graduation from Northern Oklahoma College, Sherron began courses at Southwestern College, KS and graduated in 2015 with Bachelor of Science degree after double majoring in both Healthcare Administration and Human Resource Development. Following undergraduate studies, Daniel completed the MBA program in 2017 and graduated with a 3.89 GPA.
Professionally, Sherron worked over ten years for the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma serving as the Indian Child Welfare and Social Services Director and later the Executive Director of the Housing Authority. Following his time at the Tonkawa Tribe, Sherron was employed as the Controller/HR Manager for a manufacturing company in Blackwell, Oklahoma followed by a tenure with Osage Nation as the Clinic Manager for the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center. In January of 2020 Sherron agreed to serve as the Health Services Director for the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma overseeing all of the tribe's healthcare operations and programs including the White Eagle Health Center.
Sherron also currently serves as adjunct faculty for both of his alma maters; Northern Oklahoma College and Southwestern College, KS. He was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2019 for Northern Oklahoma College.
In summer of 2019 Sherron was named by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) as one of the recipients of the national 40 Under 40 Award, becoming the first enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe to receive this honor.
Sherron also is involved with the Oklahoma Democratic Party having previously served as an Affirmative Action Representative and currently holds the office of Secretary for the 3rd Congressional District. This also gives Sherron a seat on the State Central Committee of the ODP.
Daniel and his wife Keisha currently reside in Ponca City with their five children Sarah, Martin, Isaac, Quincy, and Easton. Daniel is the oldest son of Jimmie and Sarah Sherron and the oldest Grandson of the late Jimmie and Isabel (Warrior) Sherron Sr. and William and the late Mary Chambers. He is the Great-Grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fritz and Letitia (Whitestar) Warrior. His seat at the Ponca drum was paid for in November of 2002.