Division of Law Enforcement

The Pawnee Nation Police Departments continues to provide law and order within the jurisdiction of the Pawnee Nation which include the counties of Pawnee, Payne and Kay. The Pawnee Nation Police department was established in the early 1980's and receives operational funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  

The Pawnee Nation Police Department currently operates with one Chief of Police and four patrol officers. All of our officers attend the 16-week U.S. Indian Police Academy held in Artesia, NM.  Services provided by the police department include assisting citizens, responding to emergency situations, assisting with court process services, monitoring severe weather conditions, providing routine patrols of the Pawnee Nation businesses and casinos and providing security at tribal events such as the Pawnee Indian Veterans Homecoming/Powwow. Any Tribal member may also request a patrol of their residence when they are away for an extended period. 

The Pawnee Nation police department has established a good relationship with the local law enforcement agencies and has a current cross deputation agreement with the Pawnee City Police Department and the Pawnee County Sheriff's Department.  

David Kanuho
Director, Chief of Police
(918) 762-3013
dkanuho@pawneenation.org

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
1200 Heritage Circle

P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058

Dial 911 for emergency calls.

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