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๐“ˆ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ฎ๐“ค๐“˜ ๐’ฐอ˜๐“ค๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ฃ celebrates students’ return for First Day of School

๐“ˆ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ฎ๐“ค๐“˜ ๐’ฐอ˜๐“ค๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ฃ is an accredited private school serving children from the Dhegiha tribes, which consist of the Osage, Omaha, Quapaw, Kaw, Ponca and Northern Ponca nations.

With a little more than 50 students returning for the 2022-2023 school year at the Osage Nationโ€™s Elementary School, ๐“ˆ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ฎ๐“ค๐“˜ ๐’ฐอ˜๐“ค๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ฃ, students and staff celebrated the return to classes on the First Day of School, Aug. 18.

โ€œI missed my friends,โ€ said 3rd grade student Anthony Cass, Osage. โ€œThe first day of school is going good.โ€

Unlike the local public schools, ๐“ˆ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ฎ๐“ค๐“˜ ๐’ฐอ˜๐“ค๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ฃ is an accredited private school serving children from the Dhegiha tribes, which consist of the Osage, Omaha, Quapaw, Kaw, Ponca and Northern Ponca nations. The tribes are part of a Siouan language group whose languages are similar with a shared history and culture.

The school serves children from six weeks to 6th grade. The school has added a grade each academic year as the first class grows up and will ultimately go through the 8th grade. The school is also year-round, ending in mid-July every year.

School Superintendent Patrick Martin said the first day went well and the kids are glad to be back.

โ€œWe put in a lot of work getting ready for school and we had a great first day,โ€ he said. โ€œEverybody but three kids showed up today.

โ€œWe have a couple of new teachers and a new schedule, and weโ€™re trying to make all that work.โ€

He said the school hosted a Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Families came to tour the school and they served pizza for everyone.

โ€œWe enjoyed hosting the families and community,โ€ he said.

For more information about ๐“ˆ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ฎ๐“ค๐“˜ ๐’ฐอ˜๐“ค๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“˜๐“ฌ๐“ฃ, call (918) 287-9772.

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Shannon Shaw Dutyhttps://osagenews.org
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson Oโ€™Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forumโ€™s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forumโ€™s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJAโ€™s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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