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2017 Hun-Kah Congressional session to start March 27


Benny Polacca

Starting March 27, the Fifth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its regular 24-day Hun-Kah Session in the Congressional chambers building in Pawhuska.

The 12-member legislative body will consider filed legislative bills, resolutions and other matters brought to the Legislative Branch. The members will also meet in Congressional committee meetings, which will be scheduled as needed for initial reviews and consideration of legislation and other matters.

Congressional meeting notices and agendas for sessions and committee meetings are posted online to the Legislative Branch calendar at:

Other matters include hearing presentations and information regarding the Nation’s finances, gaming and consideration of vacancies on the Nation’s boards and commissions.

According to the Osage Constitution, any regular or special session may be extended up to three additional days and “such extension shall be granted by the Speaker of the House at the written request of two-thirds of the members or may be granted by the Principal Chief.”

Also at the session’s end, the Congress will take up consideration of electing a Speaker, who will serve a one-year term as the presiding officer. The Congress members will also use the end of the session to seek new Congressional committee assignments for one-year terms. Once those committees are formed, each one will elect a chairperson from among their respective committee members.

There are nine Congressional committees, which include the following four select committees: Appropriations, Membership, Congressional Affairs and Rules and Ethics. The Second Speaker serves as chair of the Congressional Affairs Committee, according to the Congressional rules.

There are five Congressional standing committees, which are: Commerce, Gaming and Land; Education; Cultural; Governmental Operations; and Health and Social Services.  

Visit the Congressional website for more information including committee meeting agendas and audio recordings, filed legislation and session agendas at:

During session and committee meetings held in the Congressional chambers building, those public meetings (except executive sessions) will be live streamed at:


Original Publish Date: 2017-03-15 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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