Government , Business

Osages appointed for Osage Nation board service

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear appointed several Osages to serve on various boards during the final months of 2018.

Some individuals are re-appointees to serve with current board terms expiring this year and others are first-time appointees to serve as interim board members until spring. During its 2019 Hun-Kah Session, the Sixth ON Congress will consider the individuals for confirmation to serve three-year terms.

Individuals appointed for ON boards are:

Richard Luttrell and Frances Williams are reappointed for the Osage Veterans Memorial Commission for second terms. Luttrell is an Army veteran and Williams is the current president of the Oklahoma State American War Mothers and Hominy Chapter of the American War Mothers.

Mark Goad is a first-time appointee to the Osage Limited Liability Company (LLC) Board. Goad joins LLC board members Kay Bills and Frank Freeman after the recent resignation submitted by former board member Patsy Stuke.

William Samuel Fletcher is appointed to serve on the Traditional Cultural Advisors Committee. Fletcher, of the Hominy District, is appointed to fill one of the vacant seats after the passing of Carole Hutchens in September 2018.

The Congress meets for its 24-day Hun-Kah Session starting in late March.

During the Congressional session, the individuals will be subject to initial consideration by respective Congressional committees, which will vote on further action including referring the appointed individual to the entire Congress. According to the Congressional rules: “Once reported (that the appointee is qualified by education and experience), any member of Congress may move during the ‘Motions’ portion of a Session for a nominee interview to be placed on an agenda, or alternatively may move for confirmation consideration of the nominee to be placed on an agenda. The motion is subject to amendment and requires an affirmative majority vote of the members present to pass. Should either of the motions fail, the motion may be reasserted any day until the day before the last regular day of Session.”

Each individual will also be asked to provide a copy of their resume to the Congress and to fill out a Congressional questionnaire. If the information is not received, the individual will not be considered for service, according to the Congressional rules. 

Also, according to the rules: “As provided in the Constitution, the Congress may decline to consider a nominee or a re-nomination by failing to move the nomination forward for consideration by the day before the last day of the regular session prior to which the nomination was made. If this occurs, the nomination is deemed rejected and the provisions of the constitution and laws regarding failure of the Congress to confirm an appointee apply.”

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