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Baptist Church holds ordination service for Osage Congressman Archie Mason

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – On Oct. 1, The Tulsa-based All-Tribes Community Church hosted an ordination service for Archie Mason who serves in both cultural and government roles for the Osage Nation.

That day, the Native American-focused Baptist Church hosted the ordination service for Mason at the Bacone College Memorial Chapel. Mason, who serves on the ON Congress is a retired Tulsa education professional who also serves on the Bacone College Board of Trustees.

The Rev. Kyle Taylor, a Bacone College instructor, and pastor at All-Tribes Baptist Church, led the service for Mason, who now holds the title of the Rev. Archie Mason.

Church leaders then presented Mason with an ordination certificate and a Pendleton blanket. In the Osage culture, Mason is also currently the Head Committeeman for the Grayhorse District for the In-Lon-Schka ceremonial dances held each June.

Mason expressed gratitude for the attendees which included family, friends, and acquaintances from the Osage Nation, other tribes, his personal and professional circles and fellow Osage Congress members who were Ron Shaw and John Maker. Afterward, the attendees joined Mason and his family members in the basement fellowship room for a lunch after the ordination and prayer service.




Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2017-10-05 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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