The department began with two employees, Wes and Tiny Charles who cleaned the old tribal administration building at night. They were later replaced by Troy and Caty Queen (another husband and wife team). As the group grew and began day work, Marvin Jones and George Taylor were hired. Soon, the team acted as a solid waste department for tribal buildings and attendants at the tribal dump. They cared for the cemetery, helped at funerals and assisted at events. As the tribe grew and other departments formed, the custodial team moved forward in doing what they do best – cleaning the tribal government buildings and providing other services as noted above.
The Custodial Department provides care packages to bereaved families that include dining supplies, cutlery, cups, facial tissue, large garbage bags, tables and chairs. It helps families gather as they send their loved ones on their journey and eases their burden. The team also transports floral arrangements, assists with operating equipment during funeral services, and provides cleanup of facilities.