In accordance with the Osage News Election policy, the Osage News is allowing each candidate 500 words on leading up to the June 2010 election. 

By Cecelia Tallchief, Candidate for Assistant Chief

Communication and Compassion

The Osage Nation has lost its direction toward the people we are supposed to serve. A Government by the people and for the people is the one of the basic principles for which this great country was founded. Today, the ability of our Osage government to clearly communicate and have compassion for our citizens is lacking.

Communications between our government and our constituents must be better defined to allow our citizens access to information they need and want. I’m always open to hearing from constituents and look forward to developing a mechanism which will allow greater information flow.

Compassion for the needs and desires of our people should set precedent on how we manage our government. In my opinion, the Osage Nation exists to serve the needs of the people. It’s that simple. George Washington Carver summed up like this: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the ages, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” We all need to remember who we are and we come from.