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Christa Fulkerson hosts meal and shares her campaign for Osage Nation Congress

Fulkerson is running for a spot on the 9th Osage Nation Congress in the June 3 General Election

HOMINY VILLAGE – Christa Fulkerson hosted an afternoon meal here sharing her campaign as she runs for an Osage Nation Congressional seat in the 2024 General Election.

Seeking Osage elected office for the first time, Fulkerson hosted her event at the Hominy Village Community Building on April 7 where more than 120 attendees enjoyed a meal and listened to Fulkerson’s campaign highlights. Her cousin, Ericca Unap-Dennis, introduced Fulkerson that afternoon.

“She is an esteemed candidate for the 2024 9th Osage Congress, she is deeply rooted in her Osage heritage and (is) a granddaughter of the late Myrtle (Penn) Morrell Unap and the great-granddaughter of the late Robert Morrell and Grace Penn,” Unap-Dennis said. “Christa’s candidacy is a reflection of her profound love and respect for Osages. Combined with her dynamic blend of leadership acumen, her innovative thought and a committed vision for the growth and prosperity of the Osage Nation, she is here to offer that and ask for your vote.”

Congressional candidate Christa Fulkerson speaks to the attendees of her announcement dinner in Hominy on April 7, 2024. ECHO REED/Osage News

Fulkerson, who lives in Tulsa, works in grants management for Oklahoma State University and previously held the Grants Management Director post for the Osage Nation government. She also graduated from OSU and holds a bachelor’s degree in human services management, as well as a masters of business administration.

“I’m in this race because I care about being Osage and I care about Osages,” Fulkerson said. “I worked on the executive (branch) side of things, so I know how things work in our tribe, so I know who to reach out to whenever someone needs something. I’m here to learn and to help our tribal members, whether they’re inside the reservation or outside the reservation.”

“As a Congressperson, if I am elected, I want to look into how we are doing our taxes, how we’re taxing people, I want to support entrepreneurship and our economic development,” Fulkerson said. “We have our LLC arm, but they need some help, they can’t go it alone … Anything that can bring development within Osage County, the Osage Reservation is something I want to support. It’s very hard living here and keeping a job and finding a job and finding groceries. That’s not lost on me, I’ve lived it. It’s hard for everyone right now, inflation’s really high, the cost of healthcare is high.”

“The Office of the Chiefs and the (ON) healthcare system are trying to build a (system) for our elders and our people so we can be self-sufficient to be sovereign – that’s what we’re all working toward. So in order to be able to support our people correctly, we have to build infrastructure and capacity … I want, as a Congress person, to be able to support that wholeheartedly, but at the same time, my finance, accounting and grants management background will help me make those decisions that are well vetted and informed,” Fulkerson said. “I want to be able to understand a program and figure out is this a need or is this a want? It’s very important to understand that when you’re on Congress.”  

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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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Corrections:

CORRECTION: It was incorrectly reported that there were approximately 60 attendees at Christa Fulkerson's campaign dinner when there were more than 120. The Osage News regrets the error.

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