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About Osage News

Mission Statement

“As an independent news organization, we strive to report news and information with fairness and balance. While being the official news organization of the Osage Nation, we base our news judgement on our loyalties to our readers and Osage citizens, and we are not directly beholden to the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches of the Osage Nation.”

Policies

POLICIES
Code of Ethics based on SPJ model and Osage Nations ethics code
The Osage News serves all Osage people equally, regardless of location.

EDITORIAL BOARD
No endorsement of political candidates.
No editorials from the paper’s reporters, editor.
No gifts accepted from, or given to, elected officials or employees of Osage Nation in an official capacity. Exceptions where culturally appropriate.

CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS

ADVERTISING
Paid: Set rates are open to anyone for any purpose, at the discretion of the editor and/or board of directors.
Free: Osage Nation programs advertising for events benefitting Osage people.

CLASSIFIEDS
Set rates, open to anyone for any purpose, at the discretion of the editor and/or board of directors.

NOTICES: weddings, anniversaries, births, deaths, obituaries
Free; all information provided by reader.
50 word limit for weddings, births, anniversaries and birthday announcements
100 word limit for community announcements

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Compiled by staff from information provided by readers and Osage Nation programs; subject to news/community service value

CRIME AND COURTS
In keeping with policy of serving all Osage people equally, there will be no reporting of routine crime and court events such as an “Osage County police blotter”; Exceptions include when a criminal event or conviction becomes a legitimate story of interest to readers.

REPORTING
The Osage News seeks to cover news in all its complexity.
No one-source stories, including both documentation and people.
No anonymous sources, except with the approval of the editor who must know the identity of the source.
The Osage News is not a substitute for the due-process provided by the Osage Nation’s policies and procedures.
No gifts accepted from, or given to, elected officials or employees of Osage Nation in an official capacity. Exceptions where culturally appropriate.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Respectful and informative to the reader.
May be edited for grammar, clarity and space. 500 word limit.

Osage News Office

Our office is located at 604 Kihekah Ave. • Pawhuska, OK 74056

Phone: (918) 287-5668

Osage News Staff & Board Members

  • Osage News

osagenews@osagenation-nsn.gov

  • Editor Shannon Shaw Duty
  • Senior Reporter Benny Polacca

bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

  • Reporter Louise Red Corn

louise.redcorn@osagenation-nsn.gov

  • Staff Photographer Cody Hammer

chammer@osagenation-nsn.gov

Osage News Editorial Board Members

  • Jerri Jean Branstetter

jerrijeanbranstetter@gmail.com

  • Teresa Trumbly Lamsam

trumblylamsam@gmail.com

  • Tara McLain Manthey

taramanthey@gmail.com

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