Government

Chief Red Eagle calls for Sixth Special Session of Congress Feb. 23

The Second Osage Nation Congress will meet for its Sixth Special Session starting Feb. 23 at the Congressional Chambers in Pawhuska. Principal Chief John Red Eagle issued a proclamation this week for the special session with seven items listed for consideration by the Congress.

According to the proclamation, the Congress is slated to consider:

·      A modification to the Nation’s Gaming Commission budget.

·      An amendment to ONCA 10-79. Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear is sponsoring ONCA 11-18, which is titled: “An Act to Improve Congressional Oversight of the Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise.”

·      A modification to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act tribal budget.

·      Consideration of the Nation’s merit-based employment and pay for performance system. The merit-based employment system is called for in the 2006 Osage Constitution, which would determine employee pay based on his or her work performance.

·      To provide a supplemental appropriation to the Nation’s federal lawsuit against the Oklahoma Tax Commission. This is the federal lawsuit targeted for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Nation’s reservation status. According to the High Court’s docket, the court’s justices are slated to meet and decide whether to hear the case Friday (Feb. 18).

·      To provide a supplemental appropriation for land into trust application and completion costs. The Nation has filed to place the lands holding the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino’s Tulsa, Skiatook and Ponca City casino properties into trust with the Department of the Interior.

·      To provide an appropriation for the Nation’s employee health claim account. Congressman Archie Mason is sponsoring ONCA 11-19 which is an appropriation bill requesting $1.4 million for the Osage Nation Health Claims Fund.

The Feb. 23 special session starts at 10 a.m. For more information, go to the Congressional office’s Web site at www. osagetribe.com/congress.