Government

ON Congress to meet for Sixth Special Session starting Feb. 27

The Fifth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its sixth special session starting Monday Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Congressional chambers building.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued an executive proclamation for the special session on Feb. 8 with three subjects to be considered. Per the Osage Constitution a special session may be called by the Principal Chief or with the written consent of two-thirds of the Congress.

According to the special session proclamation, the Congress will consider:

- A supplemental appropriation for the Nation-owned Bird Creek Farm on the east side of Pawhuska. If approved, the additional funding would be appropriated to the Nation’s Land, Commerce and Agriculture Division and could be made possible by modifying other government division budgets for the additional requested money.

- A matching grant fund appropriation for a utility authority grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). This federal entity administers programs that provide needed infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities including water/ waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications services, according to the USDA website.

- ON Congressional resolutions to approve capital budgets for expenditures from the Nation’s capital assets and improvement fund.

Special sessions may last up to 10 days or extended by three days at the written request of two-thirds of the Congress, according to the Osage Constitution.

To view filed legislation and the Congressional calendar for scheduled sessions and committee meetings, go online to: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch

The sessions and meetings are also live streamed at the following link: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/multimedia/live-media