Osage Congress passes budgets for FY 2020 government operations

The Sixth Osage Nation Congress adjourned its 2019 Tzi-Zho Session on Sept. 30 after approving the Nation’s government operations budget for the 2020 fiscal year starting on Oct. 1.

The two governmental branch budgets approved by Congress on Sept. 30 are ONCA 19-77 (sponsored by Congressman RJ Walker), which is the Executive Branch budget set at $27.4 million, including $4 million in restricted revenue for the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center; and the Judicial Branch budget bill ONCA 19-95 (sponsored by Congressman Eli Potts) set at $467,662.

The Legislative Branch budget bill ONCA 19-74 (Potts) received approval by the Congress on Sept. 24, set at $2.1 million.

The last session day passages of the remaining budget bills come after several session and committee meeting discussions throughout the Tzi-Zho Session that centered on where reductions could be made to keep FY 2020 spending under the Nation’s projected revenue level.

Other appropriation bills for ON government operations passed during the session include:

- ONCA 19-84 (Potts) is an appropriation bill for $830,701 for the Nation’s matching grant fund for listed grants.

- ONCA 19-86 (Congresswoman Brandy Lemon) is a $700,000 appropriation for the Nation’s property improvement fund.

- ONCA 19-89 (Congresswoman Paula Stabler) is a $20,000 appropriation to the Pawnee/ Osage Court Appointed Special Advocates as a grant to benefit members of the Nation and community. The nonprofit CASA provides advocates to represent abused and neglected children in court cases in the state and tribal courts for both Pawnee and Osage counties.

- ONCA 19-71 (Potts) is a $584,727 appropriation for the Osage Press, which funds operations for the Osage News and its Editorial Board.

- ONCA 19-94 (Potts) is a $1.7 million appropriation for the Office of Attorney General operations.

The Congress will have its next 24-day session starting in late March for the 2020 Hun-Kah Session.

Copies of filed legislative bills and resolutions, as well as Congressional meeting notices and agendas for sessions are posted online to the Legislative Branch website at: