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Angela Pratt hosts brunch seeking reelection to Osage Nation Congress

Pratt is running for reelection in the June 3 General Election

PAWHUSKA VILLAGE – Seeking another Osage Nation Congressional term, Angela Pratt hosted a brunch here and shared interests and past government experiences she hopes to continue building on, if elected.

On April 6, Pratt (Hominy District) held her event at Wakon Iron Hall with about 60 attending. Pratt previously served two Congressional terms (2014-2022), including four years as Speaker.

Congresswoman Paula Stabler introduced Pratt. “It was the year that she was (first) Speaker that really got me to understand her leadership abilities and it was her ability to communicate with all of us constantly” in addition to her abilities to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, Stabler said. “It really gave me insight to her passion and her love for the Osage people because if you don’t feel that way, you have no business being in the running.”

Congressional candidate Angela Pratt speaks at her candidate brunch on April 6, 2024. ECHO REED/Osage News

Pratt said: “I am dedicated to bringing the same passion and hard work that I put in, I started out as an employee for the Nation for four years and then went onto Congress … I’m the chaos coordinator and I thrive on that because I always say I’ve been very blessed, nothing makes me feel better than to give back and who better to give back to than your own people?”

“I’m just very direct, but I speak from my heart, I want progress and I’ve been a part of the progress that we’ve had. We’ve grown so much … but there’s so much to do and I want to be there for you and a strong voice for you in making that happen,” she said. “In that eight years, I was absent three days, all sessions, all special sessions. That’s my dedication to our people, I dove in, I don’t pretend to know everything, but I want to know and I’m committed to knowing.”

As an example of experience, Pratt shared details on the bill she sponsored for a Nation-owned funeral home (still in the works) after discussions with family and fellow Osages. “I would never file a piece of legislation just for funzies. I can tell you why I filed a bill for a funeral home … I was accused of doing it for campaign purposes. No way, I would never do that, that’s not even who I am. But I wanted it and the reason I wanted it is because I have sat there with multiple family members (outside closed funeral homes and coroner’s offices in all weather conditions) … I was mad and there was (American Rescue Plan Act) funds available and I put it out there.”

“A lot of times, we can’t just assume things, call me up and ask me why I did that,” Pratt said. “Those are the type of conversations that I have in our community that I’m willing to have … I want to go back into Congress and ask those questions (on the funeral home’s status), I want a seat at the table with our Chief and the other Congress members to move forward and do those things.”

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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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