Government

Sixth ON Congress meets for 2018 Tzi-Zho Session starting Sept. 4

The Sixth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its first Tzi-Zho Session starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Capitol Building in Pawhuska starting at 10 a.m.

The 24-day fall session is one of two regular sessions held each year per the 2006 Osage Constitution. Like previous sessions, the 12-member Congress will be using most of the session time to consider and act on the Nation’s 2019 fiscal year government operations budgets as a priority as Nation’s 2019 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, which is the last day of the session.

Congress will consider various other legislative bills and resolutions, as well as individuals subject to confirmation consideration for the Nation’s boards or appointed government positions.

As of Aug. 30, filed legislation up for Congressional consideration includes:

- ONCA 18-32 (sponsored by Congressman Archie Mason): A $1.4 million appropriation bill to appropriate funding to the Grayhorse Village Committee for additional costs to build a new community building.

- ONCA 18-33 (Congresswoman Shannon Edwards): An $8.1 million appropriation to replenish the Nation’s higher education scholarship fund.

- ONCA 18-34 (Edwards): A $25,000 appropriation to replenish the Nation’s regional gathering fund available to Osage organizations to apply for funding to offset meeting costs for gathering events open to Osages.

- ONCA 18-35 (Edwards): A $450,000 appropriation to replenish the Nation’s burial assistance fund.

- ONCA 18-37 (Congressman and Second Speaker Joe Tillman): A bill to modify a previous appropriation bill (ONCA 16-125) to reassign $400,000 from improvements to the Legislative Branch offices to construction and construction-related costs for a new Legislative Branch building.

- ONCA 18-38 (Tillman): A bill to modify a previous appropriation to reassign $500,000 appropriated to the capital asset and improvement fund (for remediation costs for Capitol Building improvements) to construction and construction-related costs for a new Legislative Branch building.

- ONCA 18-39 (Tillman): A bill to amend Osage law to remove the Treasurer’s emergency fiscal authority and to remove the 10 percent limit on budget line item shifting.

- ONCR 18-22 (Congressional Speaker RJ Walker): A resolution to request the title to a property in Skiatook (located at 205 S. Hominy) from Hilton Law Office.

For more information on the Congressional session, filed legislation and to view the Congressional committee meeting calendar, visit the Legislative Branch website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/congress-legislative-branch