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Chief Red Eagle appoints Osage entrepreneur to ON Foundation Board

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle has appointed an Osage entrepreneur to the final vacant seat on the ON Foundation Board which is the nonprofit charity arm of the Nation.

Julie O’keefe will serve as interim Foundation Board member, a position subject to ON Congressional confirmation during the forthcoming 2012 Hun-Kah Session. She was sworn as a board member by Trial Court Judge Marvin Stepson on Feb. 16.

O’keefe, who owns The Cedar Chest shop in Pawhuska and The Grayhorse Group, has 20 years of business experience in projects including furniture, porcelain, promotional items, education and toys, according to a news release.

“Julie will be a very valuable asset for the Osage Nation Foundation in her role as a board member,” Chief Red Eagle said in a release. “She has a proven track and record, and is a natural fit to fill this vacancy.”

Born in Pawhuska, O’keefe splits her time between homes in Fairfax and Falls Church, Va., which is in the Washington, D.C. vicinity.

O’keefe, who is excited about her new board position, said she has previously served on several nonprofit organization boards. One of those was Martha’s Table Inc. which is a Washington-based social welfare organization that assists youth and families through outreach opportunities.

According to its Web site, Martha’s Table provides three areas of focus which include being a provider of education/ tutoring opportunities for children and youth up to age 18; providing meals to the homeless, seniors and for community holiday events; and operating a thrift store to provide redistributed clothing and household items to the community at affordable prices and family support services and information about other community and government services.

O’keefe’s business, The Grayhorse Group, is a purchasing and procurement company which specializes in importing and exporting products from around the world that range from furniture to artwork to bedding to amenities to decorative items.

The remaining four Foundation Board members are Chairman Alex Skibine, Monte Boulanger, Katsy Mullendore Whittenburg and Bill Kurtis.

O’keefe joins the board as it prepares to host its first fundraiser event – a charity golf tournament on April 23 at the Tulsa Country Club. For more information on the Osage Nation Foundation and the golf tournament, go to its Web site at www.osagefoundation.org.