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Congress approves nearly $180,000 for 150th Commemoration additional costs

In December 2021, Congress also approved $100,000 for planning costs to go toward the commemoration marking the 150th anniversary of the Osage Removal from Kansas to the present-day Osage Reservation, Indian Territory.

As planning continues on a 150th commemoration of the Osage Nation’s move to present-day Oklahoma, the Seventh ON Congress approved $179,926 to go toward event costs.

Called the Nation’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the one-day special occasion will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 with various activities and details to follow.

In preparation for the 150th commemoration, the Executive Branch requested the $179,926, which was listed in appropriation bill ONCA 22-61 passed by the Seventh ON Congress during its 2022 Hun-Kah Session. Congressman Scott BigHorse sponsored ONCA 22-61, which was considered by the 12-member Congress.  

BigHorse said the nearly $180,000 is for “a celebration dance and it’s to commemorate the movement of our Osage people from our Kansas land to where we are currently.”

According to a fiscal analysis of the bill, the money is coming out of the Nation’s tribal funds and will go toward costs anticipating 1,500 will people attend and participate in the 150th celebration event. Those costs will include marketing, professional fees, operations expenses, rental and equipment maintenance charges.

“This is a big celebration, I can remember in 1972 attending the 100th celebration and the campus was packed that day, it was all day long,” BigHorse recalled of the Nation’s centennial commemoration 50 years earlier. “I’m asking you all for your ‘yes’ vote on this, thank you.”

ONCA 22-61 passed unanimously on April 20 and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear signed the bill into law.

In December 2021, Congress also approved $100,000 for planning costs to go toward the commemoration marking the 150th anniversary of the Osage Removal from Kansas to the present-day Osage Reservation, Indian Territory.

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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 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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