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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 Duty
Shannon Shaw Dutyhttps://osagenews.org

Title: Editor

Email:ย sshaw@osagenation-nsn.gov

Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelorโ€™s degree in Journalism and a masterโ€™s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson Oโ€™Malley Parent Committee. 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. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.
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