Government

ON Congress to meet for special session starting June 7

The Fifth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its seventh special session starting Wednesday June 7 in the Chambers building in Pawhuska.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued a May 22 executive proclamation calling for the special session. Per the Osage Constitution, special sessions may last up to 10 days and may be called by the Principal Chief or with the written consent of two-thirds of the Congress members.

According to the proclamation, the following subjects are slated for consideration:

- A capital asset appropriation for commercial property in Pawhuska.

- A matching grant fund appropriation for an Administration for Native Americans Social and Economical Development Strategies grant.

- A matching grant fund appropriation for an Administration for Native Americans Environmental Regulatory Enhancement grant. The federal ANA is an office of the Administration for Children and Families, which is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

- A supplemental appropriation for the Nation’s Child, Family and Senior Services Division.

- A supplemental appropriation for the Nation’s Education Division.

- A limited waiver of sovereign immunity in a contract between the Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

- A limited waiver of sovereign immunity in a contract between the Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for water sale and treatment.

- A supplemental appropriation for the Nation’s boards and commissions annual budget.

- An amendment to the Nation’s 2018 fiscal year projected revenue. Per the constitution, the Nation’s annual budgets for government operations shall not exceed projected revenues. The Congress will consider and set the FY 2018 budgets by Oct. 1 when the new fiscal year starts.

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