The Fourth Osage Nation Congress will meet for its 13th Special Session starting Thurday May 12 in the Chambers building in Pawhuska.
Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued an executive proclamation for the session. According to the May 3 proclamation, the Congress will consider the following two matters:
- To consider documents related to title insurance requirements and related limited waiver of sovereign immunity for the Bluestem Ranch purchase.
- An Indian Community Development Block Grant match appropriation for the Fairfax Wellness Center under construction. According to a bill (ONCA 16-71 sponsored by Congressman Ron Shaw) filed May 5, the match is for $250,000 in tribal funds to match the grant.
- Another filed bill (ONCA 16-72 sponsored by Speaker Maria Whitehorn) requests a $450,000 appropriation to carry out the requirement of providing a 15 percent match for the Community Connect Grant being sought to provide broadband services.
Special sessions may last up to 10 days and session topics will be discussed in Congressional committee meetings, which will be scheduled as necessary. For more information, visit the ON Congressional/ Legislative Branch website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/congress-legislative-branch