Michael Kidder elected chairman of ON Gaming Commission

Michael Kidder is now chairman of the Osage Nation Gaming Commission Board after Marsha Harlan resigned the position to serve on the Osage Minerals Council.

Harlan’s final meeting as Gaming Commission chairwoman was July 2 before her resignation took effect. That was the also same day Harlan and the seven other Minerals Council members took their oaths of office ahead of the formal July 14 inaugural ceremony with the other Osage government officials elected or reelected in the June 4 elections.

During the July 2 Gaming Commission board meeting, the three commissioners – Harlan, Kidder and Larraine Wilcox – voted unanimously to elect Kidder as commission chairman. Kidder is also among several individuals reappointed or appointed to serve on the Nation’s boards and commissions this summer.

Kidder and the other recent appointees made by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will be up for confirmation consideration when the Sixth ON Congress meets for its first Tzi-Zho Session starting Sept. 4.

According to the ON Executive Branch, Election Board alternate member Gary Weyl will fill the Gaming Commission board vacancy and he has submitted his resignation of that alternate board position.

Kidder’s first Gaming Commission meeting as chairman was Aug. 8 and Wilcox was elected vice chair at the meeting.

“My thoughts are nothing is going to change – different chairperson – but as far as what we do as a commission, we will stay the same, still regulate the same,” Kidder said. “We’re going to continue to oversee and make sure we stay on track.”

According to Osage law on the Gaming Commission, the Principal Chief nominates three Osages to serve as commissioners and those individuals are subject to confirmation consideration by the Congress for three-year terms from the dates of confirmation.

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