Culture , Government

ON Congress approves $93,500 for FY 2019 cultural donations

For the 2019 fiscal year, the Sixth Osage Nation Congress approved $93,500 for cultural donations to go toward eight Osage cultural and military entities.

The $93,500 appropriation bill (ONCA 18-49 sponsored by Congresswoman Paula Stabler) passed on Sept. 28 shortly before the 2018 Tzi-Zho Session ended with nine “yes” votes, one abstention from Congresswoman Angela Pratt and two absences from Congress members Scott BigHorse and Shannon Edwards. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear later signed ONCA 18-49 into law for the 2019 fiscal year that started Oct. 1.

According to the bill titled as “FY 2019 Cultural Donations Appropriation Act,” the $93,500 appropriation comes from tribal funds in the general treasury to the various cultural and military entities. The amount mirrors the same approved amount for cultural donations in the 2018 fiscal year.

The budgeted amounts are as follows:

- American Legion Auxiliary: $5,000

- Drumkeepers: $19,500. This amount is divided up among the Drumkeepers ($6,500 each) for the Grayhorse, Hominy and Pawhuska districts.

- Osage Nation Princess Sorority: $5,000

-  Harold Bigheart Smalley American Legion Post No. 198: $40,000

- United States Marine Corps League (Osage Detachment No. 669): $10,000

- Grayhorse Chapter of American War Mothers: $5,000

- Hominy Chapter of American War Mothers: $5,000

- Native American Churches: $4,000

Pratt, an Army veteran and Post 198 member, said the Post has used its fund for annual events including a Christmas dinner, donation of children’s toys as holiday gifts with the Marine Corps League, stipends for Post officers who attend veteran funerals to serve as honor guards and events where the Legion’s color guard presents.

Organizations, including the Osage Princess Sorority, War Mothers host annual events including dances for the incoming Princess and travel costs for the titleholder attending events on behalf of the Nation; Veterans Day and Mothers Day weekend dances and costs for meals during special events.