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OU students help Pawhuska village board with master plan

Architecture and design students from the University of Oklahoma are helping village officials with an ongoing master plan for the Pawhuska Indian Village.

Village Chairwoman Paula Stabler met with the students in late February when they visited Pawhuska. The students will be working on a community-planning project for the village as part of the ongoing master plan, she said. 

The project includes new home design and follows a Feb. 15 village community meeting where home loan professionals presented information to residents on obtaining assistance from the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program.

“The Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board is clearing the path for Osage families to be able to build homes, as an option, in addition to modular homes,” Stabler said. This is a multi-part project in planning, design, legislation, financing and construction. 

Vice Chairman Ryan RedCorn is helping develop legislation to be considered by the Osage Nation Congress and hopes to have the legislation considered in the spring 2016 Hun-Kah Session. The village is coordinating efforts on legislation with the Executive Branch before the session starts March 28. Other members of the Master Planning project for the Pawhuska Village include Pawhuska-based Blue Star Studio Inc. and the Minnesota Housing Partnership.