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2022 Osage Nation Sovereignty Day Celebration scheduled March 19 in Tulsa

After two consecutive years of cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osage Nation announced the 2022 dance is returning amid decreases in reported positive cases statewide, as well as at the national levels.

The 2022 Osage Nation Sovereignty Day Celebration and Dance is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 in the Skyline Event Center at the Tulsa Osage Casino & Hotel.

After two consecutive years of cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osage Nation announced the 2022 dance is returning amid decreases in reported positive cases statewide, as well as at the national levels. The last Sovereignty Day Dance took place in March 2019 at the Skyline Event Center as part of the Nation’s yearly commemoration of its reformed government approved by Osage voters in 2006.

“The celebration began as a response to the Osage Nation Constitution ratification on March 11, 2006,” according to an ON news release. “Since then, ON has held several dances in honor of this highly reverenced and historical event. Due to COVID-19 impact on the Nation, precautions were taken and the Dance was canceled in 2020 and 2021.”

As in previous years, the Nation will observe ON Sovereignty Day as a government holiday and offices will be closed Monday, March 14.

On March 19, doors will open for the celebration at 2 p.m. that day with a supper to be served at 5 p.m. Grand entry for the dance will be at 7 p.m. As in previous years, the dance will feature competition dancing with cash prizes awarded to the top three contestants in straight, fancy, cloth and buckskin dances. The top four contestants competing in the teen and junior straight and cloth dances will receive cash prizes.  

In its Feb. 18 announcement, the Nation said this year’s powwow emcee is former ON Congressman Archie Mason and Arena Directors are Tim Lookout and OJ Littlecook. The Head Lady Dancer will be current ON Princess Gianna “Gigi” Sieke, Head Man Dancer is Noah Shadlow and Head Singer is Robert Collins. The Osage Gourd Clan is the host gourd group, Robin West is the event’s head cook and the Harold Bigheart Smalley American Legion Post 198 will be the event color guard.

The ON government has celebrated Sovereignty Day each March to commemorate the reformed government and Osage Constitution approved by two-thirds of voters in the 2006 election. The Osage Constitution has been amended four times by Osage voters in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2020.

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  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    Instagram: @bpolacca

    Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

    Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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Benny Polacca
Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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