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Appointees to be considered for ON Congressional confirmation


Benny Polacca

During the Tzi-Zho Session, the Fifth Osage Nation Congress will consider several appointees for confirmation votes to boards, commissions and posts.

Per the ON Constitution, the Principal Chief appoints individuals to the Nation’s enterprise boards, as well as other appointed posts, including the Treasurer.

The following individual appointees appointed by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will be considered for confirmation during the Tzi-Zho Session:

  • ON Treasurer: Samuel Alexander
  • Gaming Enterprise Board: Susan Traci Phillips
  • Osage War Memorial Commission: Richard Luttrell, Francis Williams, John Henry Mashunkashey, Franklin McKinley and Richard Perrier.


On Sept. 13, Congressional Speaker Archie Mason referred the appointees to the respective committees for initial consideration of action, which are the appropriations, commerce/ economic development and the cultural committees. The appointees will also receive a questionnaire from the committees seeking background information on their professional work experience history as part of consideration.

According to the Congressional rules: Once a Congressional committee considers an appointee and a report is issued to the Congress, then “any member of Congress may move during the ‘Motions’ portion of a session for a nominee (appointee) interview to be placed on the agenda, or alternatively may move for confirmation consideration of the nominee to be placed on an agenda. The motion is subject to amendment, and requires an affirmative majority vote of the members present to pass. Should either of the motions fail, the motion may be reasserted any day until the day before the last regular day of Session.”

To view filed legislation and the Congressional calendar for scheduled sessions and committee meetings, go online to:

The sessions and meetings are also livestreamed at the following link:

Original Publish Date: 2016-09-13 00:00:00

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


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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