Jodie Revard appointed to Osage Foundation board

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle appointed Jodie Revard to fill the fifth spot on the Osage Nation Foundation board, the non-profit entity responsible for the free summer camps for Osage and local youth and an arts grant.

“I named Jodie Revard to the Osage Foundation Board because of her work with the Notah Begay III Foundation, which works to prevent type 2 diabetes in Native American children,” said Principal Chief John Red Eagle. “As an Osage who is a degreed accountant, I thought that Ms. Revard would be a great addition to the Osage Foundation Board.”

Revard, who awaits confirmation by the Third Osage Nation Congress in the fall Tzi-Zho session, which ends Sept. 30 if not extended, will join Alex Skibine, Katsy Whittenburg, Monte Boulanger and Julie O’Keefe. The fifth spot became open when Bill Kurtis, who was appointed to the board in 2005 by former Principal Chief Jim Gray, rotated off the board after his term expired in May of this year.

The Foundation board currently raises money through two annual fundraisers, a golf tournament and Winter/Holiday Celebration. The celebration is scheduled for Nov. 23 with country artist Neil McCoy to perform. Money earned from both fundraisers will go toward funding summer youth camps for area youth and funding an arts grant program.

Total money awarded from the Foundation’s art grant is $240,984. Grants awarded to date are:

Hominy Football Team Film/Fully Funded Films - $25,000
Osage Ballet - $25,000
Mindy Standley Children’s Book - $5,984
Wendy Ponca/ Osage Wedding Clothing - $25,000
First Mesa/James Lambertus Book - $25,000
Red Earth Museum - $25,000
AMERINDA Art Exhibition - $10,000

Hominy Football Team Film/Fully Funded Films - $25,000
Osage Ballet - $25,000
Woolaroc Museum - $25,000
AMERINDA Feature Film - $25,000

Webb said the Foundation’s eligibility rules limit an applicants’ eligibility to only one grant awarded per calendar year but do not limit the amount of grants awarded to them. That is why some entities have been awarded grants twice, in different years. Currently, the Foundation only has the arts grant available.

According to Webb, the board meets the second Thursday of every other month and their last board meeting was in August. They meet via teleconference since most of the board lives out-of-state. Currently, Webb said the Foundation has about $230,000 in the bank.

“We are excited to have someone with Jodie’s experience and passion nominated to serve on our board,” said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Osage Nation Foundation. “We are at a pivotal point in the existence of the Foundation as we take on more significant projects and hopefully strengthen our role within the Osage Nation. Jodie brings a great deal of institutional knowledge of the Osage Nation, significant experience in the non-profit world, and a passion for the Osage people and the addition of her to an already active, engaged, and passionate board couldn’t come at a better time.”

Revard, Osage and Potawatomi, is the daughter of Robert F. Revard and Angeline Coshehe Revard. Paternal Grandparents include Mark S. Revard, Osage, and Luella Shank Revard and maternal grandparents include John Coshehe, Osage and Josephine Tomey Coshehe, Potawatomi.

Revard was raised in Pawhuska and completed High School at Pawhuska High. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

She began an early career working for the Osage Nation including the accounting and Language departments. Other employment includes banking, sales, marketing, small business owner, financial administration and event planning. These jobs have included a background in governmental operations, for profit entities and non-profit as well.

Membership of many local organizations includes, Professional Business Leaders, Native American Student Association, Osage Tribal Princess Sorority, Klas Klah She Club.  She also served in an elected capacity on the Osage 31stTribal Council. Recent activity includes co-founder of the Association of New Mexico Osages and newly elected board member of the Dhegiha Preservation Society.

Revard has been a cook for the Pawhuska War Dance Committee for 14 years. Her philanthropy efforts include donating to local Osage events and supporting the language and cultural programs of the Nation, which include donating time and participation.