The Osage News asked candidates to answer 13 questions about their families, Osage culture, work experience and education. The News did not edit their responses and all questions were optional.
1) Name: Michael T. Bristow
2) Osage Name: Wah-Xa-Dane
3) Clan: Deer Clan
4) Band: Unknown
5) Osage District: WahHhaKonLin
6) Family: Divorced, No Children
7) Osage ancestry: Mother’s side is Osage. Mashunkashey and Pitts Families. Ben Mashunkashey (Gr.Grandfather), Paul Akins (Gr.Gr.Gr.Grandfather), Paul Pitts (Gr.Uncle)
8) Education: Northeastern State University: Bachelor’s of Science-Biology, Master of Science-Speech Language Pathology.
9) Work Experience: Lab Technician @St. Francis Hospital; Geriatric Speech Pathologist @Encompass, Capstone, & HealthPRO Home Health Companies.
10) Are you cultural: InLonShka participant at age 8, Pawhuska War Dance Committee Waterboy at age 12, Committeeman since age 18.
11) Are you related to any other candidate? No
12) Are you related to any current Osage official? I am third cousin to Meredith Drent
13) Anything else to add?
My mother is Olivia "Biggie" Mashunkashey Bristow, born and raised in Hominy. My maternal great-grandfather, Ben Mashunkashey, was the first Drumkeeper for the WahHaKonlin district. My father, Bob Bristow, was a member of the Native American Church. I am proud to have been raised with Osage traditions. I took my place at our InLonSchka dances at the age of 8 and I have held a position on the Pawhuska War Dance committee since the age of 12.
As your Congressman, I will be devoted to the following:
Eldercare: I will instill a strong support for Eldercare during budgeting prioritization. I would like to see the Nation focus resources into establishing a skilled nursing facility and develop a comprehensive Eldercare program.
Integrity: As a licensed Speech Pathologist working with geriatric patients, honesty and strong moral principals are essential. In my practice, I am reminded daily that when the health care needs of our people are addressed, we create a thriving community.
Accountability: Our Nation can only move forward if the ON Legislative and Executive branches make the choice to work together, resulting in decisions made for the betterment of Osage Nation Citizens.
I will strongly support funding for the burial assistance, health benefit card, and higher education scholarship programs. As a past scholarship recipient, I understand the importance the scholarship funding provides to Osage students seeking higher education. I have been given the opportunity to give back to the Osage community the benefit of my Bachelors and Masters education by on the Osage Nation Health Authority Board in 2018. I desire to continue giving back to the Osage Nation and would be proud to serve as your Congressman.
I am Michael Bristow, I am Osage and I seek your vote to serve as a member of the next Osage Nation Congress.