Ha.we, my name is Me Hunka, Brandy Lemon and I am humbled and honored to announce my candidacy for the 2016 Osage Nation Congress. After great consideration and consultation with elders and family, the prospect of serving my fellow Osage people with caring, fairness, and efficiency has led me to submit my intent and ask for your support in this remarkable endeavor.
Growing up in the Greyhorse district on the land that was allotted to my grandmother, Josephine Butler Tallchief, cultivated such a love of my family trust that I now am raising my own three wonderful children with my husband there, utilizing our ancestral property, raising livestock. My children have had this love and hard work instilled in them as well through our practices in animal husbandry and working the land.
The lessons of my upbringing have propelled and prepared me to take on some incredible experiences including being a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship in 1999, becoming a registered nurse, working for the past nine years as the Director of Nursing at a non profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care to our community regardless of the ability to pay, and volunteering as a coach and other community involvement.
I feel passionate about protecting and improving our Osage sovereignty through cultural practice and our language programs. Caring deeply for communication, I know that along with strong leadership, the Osage people can accomplish innovative and magnificent feats together. I intend to seek the counsel of my fellow Osages as we tackle the problems of economic development. In the improvement of the health of our people and the education of our young we must strive for excellence.
I am from a family of leaders and I plan to utilize the special qualities that can organize, cultivate and nurture the greatness of our people. My grandfather, John Tallchief, served on the Osage Tribal Council for many years and my uncle George Tallchief served as chief. My parents are Cecilia Tallchief of Greyhorse who served on the first Osage National Council, and Wayne Lemon of Pawhuska.
I am emphatic in my love of the Osage people and our unique and excellent culture having been raised dancing under the arbor at Greyhorse and raising my children the same way, while I now am the head cook for the Cecilia Tallchief family camp. I will be humbled and dignified by your vote of confidence on June 6th.
For more information please feel free to visit my Facebook campaign page and take a survey that will give me invaluable feedback that will ensure a successful union of our talents.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
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