Government

The Third ON Congress is delaying board and commission confirmations pending establishment of new rules regarding the confirmation process including background checks.

Since the government’s 2006 start, the Congress receives appointee names submitted by the Principal Chief and votes to confirm or not. The Congress also requests appointee resumes and has interviewed those subject to confirmation, but now some Congress members would like to establish more rules regarding this process.

At the start of the Tzi-Zho Session, Congresswoman Shannon Edwards, the current chairperson of the Congressional Rules and Ethics Committee, said she’s received a request from a constituent expressing concern about the confirmation process.

During the Sept. 12 session, Edwards said a new draft set of rules on the process would be forthcoming for consideration by the entire Congress. She introduced the topic to the rules and ethics committee at its Sept. 4 meeting.

According to Article VII of the Osage Constitution, the Principal Chief is charged with appointing board and commission members whose election or appointment is not provided in the Constitution or by law. Regarding confirmation, the Constitution states: “Failure of the Osage Nation Congress to confirm the appointment, prior to the end of the session, shall constitute rejection.”

The Congress did not schedule a Sept. 18 session when it met Sept. 17. In the meantime Congressional committees are still meeting regarding the 2014 fiscal year budgets and entertaining solutions to cut proposed spending.

The next session is Thursday Sept. 19 at 10 a.m., which is Day 15 of the Tzi-Zho Session.

Debra Atterberry, senior executive adviser for Principal Chief John Red Eagle, said Chief Red Eagle has appointed three people for Congressional consideration during the Tzi-Zho Session. Those appointees are:

- Jodie Revard, ON Foundation Board 

- Rhonda Wallace, ON Tax Commission

- Charles Pratt, Tribal Cultural Advisory Board for the ON Historic Preservation Office