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UOSC to host Fall 2021 virtual gathering, planning on Spring 2022 event

The United Osages of Southern California plans to host a virtual Fall 2021 gathering as part of safety precautions. Pictured is a UOSC gathering from 2017. Osage News File Photo

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues, the United Osages of Southern California plans to host a virtual Fall 2021 gathering as part of their safety precautions.

In an Aug. 2 open letter, UOSC Chairman Greg Clavier told the organization’s family and friends there will be a Zoom gathering scheduled likely in October with the date yet to be determined. This is the second virtual UOSC meeting to be held since the COVID-19 pandemic spread to public health emergency situations in 2020.

“I will notify the UOSC Membership in a timely manner when the fall Virtual Meeting is scheduled,” Clavier said. “On a brighter note, I have already set the date and reserved the facility for the UOSC to gather in Spring 2022.”

The first UOSC virtual gathering took place via Zoom in February 2021 with updates and presentations by Osage Nation government officials and Osage constituents living in California.

As for 2022, Clavier said he is hoping for improvements to the situation by spring so an in-person UOSC gathering can be held once again in Carlsbad at the city’s Senior Center where the Osage fellowship and informational gatherings were held in recent years.

“Since 2022 will be an Osage Nation Election year, the Spring 2022 gathering will focus on a Candidates Forum. The date is Saturday, April 23, 2022,” Clavier announced.

The Nation’s next general election will be held June 6 with both Executive Branch elected seats opening and six seats on the 12-member ON Congress. All eight seats will open for a 2022 Osage Minerals Council election as well.

The UOSC update from Clavier comes more than a year since the last gathering event hosted by the San Diego County-based organization, which has held in-person gatherings for decades for Osage attendees living on the West Coast or in neighboring states. The gatherings typically include presentations from ON officials visiting from Oklahoma, local California Osages or other invited Native American-affiliated organizations presenting information of interest to the attendees in addition to a lunch meal and raffle of donated gift and art items to help pay for supply costs.

For more information on the UOSC, Osage constituents can email socal.osages@gmail.com

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in California is available online at: https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/