Election candidates pick their campsites for election day in Pawhuska

Photo Caption: Osage Minerals Council candidate Talee Redcorn selects his June 4 election day campsite during a drawing conducted by the Osage Nation Election Office on April 13. BENNY POLACCA/Osage News

On June 4, there will be 28 election day campsites in the Osage Nation government campus park where candidates will be stationed to greet voters coming to cast their ballots.

There will be two polling places that day with the ON general election polling place at the ON Museum and the Osage Minerals Council election polling place will be at the nearby Council Chambers where the OMC offices are located. In-person voting for both elections will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the results will be announced in front of the Chambers building once the ballot counting in the elections is completed.   

On April 13, the Osage Nation Election Office hosted a candidate workshop for Osages seeking office in the June 4 general election to go over election rules and laws. Later that day, the office conducted a drawing for election day campsites for both general election candidates and shareholders running for Osage Minerals Council office.

The election office staff used a hopper to mix up the candidate names listed on pieces of paper to determine the order of campsite picking. Candidates or their designees picked out the campsites that day. Each campsite is 20 feet by 20 feet and the candidates are responsible for cleanup and following rules to hold the election day spaces.

Osage Minerals Council candidate Cynthia Boone picked the main east arbor after her name was drawn first. Andrew Yates, also an OMC candidate, selected the south arbor.

ON Congressional candidate Geneva Horsechief-Hamilton and her husband Otto Hamilton, an Assistant Principal Chief candidate are sharing a campsite at the north arbor. The remaining campsites are in the open and candidates will be responsible for bringing their own shades and tents, if desired.

Other candidates sharing campsites include Congressional candidate Brandy Lemon and OMC candidate Marsha Harlan on the northeast side of the park. Susan Forman and Paul Revard, cousins, will share a campsite on the west side of the park.

To view a PDF map of the June 4 election day campsites, visit: