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Osage News receives 17 NAJA awards

The Native American Journalists Association has awarded the Osage News with 17 awards for their 2014 coverage. The Osage News participates in the Professional Division II – Online Monthly/Semimonthly Online with a circulation of 4,000-8,000.

The Osage News staff will travel to Washington, D.C., July 9-12 to attend the annual NAJA conference.

The Osage News staff won for the following:

Online – Best News Story

First Place: Benny Polacca, “Rod Hartness testifies he wanted contract withheld from public”

Second Place: Benny Polacca, “Chief Bighorse vetoes banishment bill targeting drug dealers”

Print – Best Environmental Story

First Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “Osage lead fight against oil and gas drilling”

Second Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “Land given 24 years ago may reap agricultural benefits”

Print – Best Sports Photo

Second Place: Chalene Toehay, “NB3 Soccer Camp”

Print – Best Feature Photo

First Place: Chalene Toehay, “My health issues won’t stop me”

Print – Best Feature Story

First Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “Schimmel Sisters amaze and inspire at one-day basketball camp”

Third Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “Former Osage Congressman Mark Freeman gives 9,000 acres to Osage Nation”

Print – Best News Photo

First Place: Chalene Toehay, “Osage voters learn of results”

Second Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “John D. Red Eagle is removed as Principal Chief”

Third Place: Chalene Toehay, “A congressional kiss”

Print – Best News Story

First Place: Benny Polacca, “Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle Removed from Office”

Second Place: Shannon Shaw Duty, “As wind turbines go up, Nation vows to keep fighting”

Third Place: Benny Polacca, “Day Two: Chief Red Eagle nearly exits witness stand during heated cross-examination”

Print – Best Layout

Third Place: Osage News

Print – General Excellence

Second Place: Osage News

Print – Excellence in Beat Reporting: Government

Benny Polacca: Osage Nation removes John D. Red Eagle as Principal Chief