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2024 Hun-Kah Session underway

Congress to consider filed legislation items

The Eighth Osage Nation Congress is convening for its final regular session ahead of the June 3 General Election with the 2024 Hun-Kah Session taking place in Pawhuska.

During the 24-day spring session mandated by the 2006 Osage Constitution, the 12-member legislature will consider various bills, resolutions and other matters brought for discussion in the session. Other business will include considering appointees for confirmation votes to serve on boards and commissions for the Nation’s government.

On Day 1 of the session on March 25 in her legislative message, Congressional Speaker Alice Goodfox said there are 12 individuals to be considered for confirmation and vetting for serving full board terms. She added there are several bills filled with other bills already sitting in Congressional committees awaiting further review and action.

Goodfox said there were 10 bills filed by Day 1 and more would be coming, adding there are “20 bills sitting in committee… With bills filed and others sitting in committee, we have a little over $900,000 in donations/ requests for this session. And just to keep everyone in the loop, we’re in a campaign year, so anything not heard in this session will fall off. Alright? Let’s get to work.”

As of the first three days of session, the following bills and resolutions are on file for consideration:

ONCA 24-32 (sponsored by Congresswoman Jodie Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-85 to provide a supplemental appropriation to Financial Assistance for youth employment in the amount of $109,669.

ONCA 24-33 (sponsored by Congressman Joe Tillman) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $75,397 to the Greyhorse Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new equipment. 

ONCA 24-34 (sponsored by Congressman Scott BigHorse) is “An Act to provide an appropriation in the amount of $2 million for the demolition, design, engineering, and construction of a new multi-function office building.” 

ONCA 24-35 (sponsored by Second Congressional Speaker Pam Shaw) is “An Act to provide an appropriation in the amount of $100,000 for the Dream Keepers Park project in Tulsa.”  

ONCA 24-36 (Shaw) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $112,140 to the McCord Fire Department for the purchase of new equipment.” 

ONCA 24-37 (Shaw) is “An Act to provide an appropriation to the Capital Asset Fund in the amount of $1.5 million for the demolition, design, engineering, and construction of a visitors center in the town of Fairfax, Oklahoma.” 

ONCA 24-38 (Revard) is “An Act to amend the Osage Nation Bar Association Fund (in Osage law) to change it to the Osage Nation Bar Fund for the benefit of the Judicial Branch; to amend the stated purpose.” 

ONCA 24-39 (Revard) is “An Act to establish a revolving fund for the Judicial Branch to process revenues, expenditures and bonds by operation of the Courts.”

ONCR 24-13 (BigHorse) is “A Resolution to authorize a limited waiver of sovereign immunity from suit and consent to jurisdiction to the Oklahoma Historical Society, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, for the purchase of real estate known as the ‘Chief Lookout Gravesite.’”

ONCA 24-42 (Goodfox) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-100 to provide a supplemental appropriation to Hominy Village Committee Fund in the amount of $13,000 for pumping and spraying.”

ONCR 24-14 (sponsored by Congresswoman Paula Stabler) is “A Resolution to authorize and approve execution of a ‘Contract for Treatment Services or Other Integrated Services – Fixed Rate FY23 and 24’ and each and every year thereafter with the State of Oklahoma – Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and to authorize a limited waiver of sovereign immunity from suit and a consent to jurisdiction.”

ONCA 24-43 (Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 21-95 to provide a supplemental appropriation to the Executive Branch in non-Tribal funds in the amount of $30,000.” 

ONCA 24-44 (Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 22-94 to provide supplemental appropriations to the Executive Branch in non-Tribal funds in the amount of $3,484.” 

ONCA 24-45 (Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-106 to provide a supplemental appropriation to Tribal Works in the amount of $200,000.”

ONCA 24-46 (Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-83 to provide appropriation modifications and supplemental appropriations to the Executive Branch in the amount of $994,500 of non-Tribal funds.

ONCA 24-47 (Shaw) is “An Act to repeal and replace the victim’s rights law of the Osage Nation.”

ONCA 24-48, An Act to amend ONCA 23-84 to provide authorization modifications to the Executive Branch for indirect cost increasing the overall amount by two hundred twenty-five thousand one hundred ninety-three dollars ($225,193); and to establish an alternate effective date. (Revard)

ONCR 24-15 (Revard) is “A Resolution to support a grant tribal match in the amount of $1,700 to the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) grant.”

ONCR 24-16 (Revard)  is “A Resolution to support a grant tribal match in the amount of $31,651 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities (BRIC) grant.”

For more ON Congressional information on sessions, committees and to view filed legislative documents, visit the Legislative Branch website at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch  

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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.

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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