The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 25, 2013

Wyandotte Nation to break ground on Sonic

First tribal-owned Sonic to employ 30 to 35 workers

SENECA, Mo. — The Wyandotte Nation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday for its Sonic Drive-in, at 2314 Cherokee Ave., on Missouri Highway 43 just off U.S. Highway 60.

It will be the first Sonic owned by a Native American tribe. The Sonic is expected to open in the first part of October.

“We’re excited about the potential to support economic development in the community and hope success with the Wyandotte Nation serves as a model for others,” said Bob Franke, senior vice president of franchise sales and international development for Sonic.

The Sonic will have 21 vehicle stalls and a drive-through. It is expected to employ 30 to 35 full- and part-time workers.

“It creates another direction, another diversified enterprise for the Wyandotte Nation,” said Kelly Carpino, CEO of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, the tribe’s federally chartered corporation and economic development arm. “We’re excited about that. It gives us a lot of growth opportunity to potentially develop additional restaurants in the future.”

Cliff Hudson, chairman, CEO and president of Sonic Corp., said both Sonic and the Wyandotte Nation have roots in Oklahoma.

“Native American tribes represent a very important part of our community here in the heartland, a significant business driver in our region and a contributor to economic activity and job creation nationwide,” Hudson said.

The tribe is based in Wyandotte, Okla., about 10 miles from Seneca.


THE WYANDOTTE TRIBE of Oklahoma’s other businesses include telecommunications, information technology, precision manufacturing and entertainment. The tribe has about 5,000 members and was instrumental in the establishment of Detroit and Kansas City, Kan.

Text Only
Local News
Must Read


Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter