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Congress passes bills including FY 23 budgets for villages, legislative and judicial branches

All passed bills and resolutions will be sent to Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear for consideration of signing into law.

The Eighth Osage Nation Congress passed the first of several bills and resolutions under consideration for the 2022 Tzi Sho Session.

Those legislative items receiving passing votes between Sept. 19-21 include:

ONCR 22-10 (sponsored by Congressman Eli Potts) is “A Resolution to authorize a limited waiver of sovereign immunity from suit with P3 for a professional services contract to assist with the Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) project.” This contract helps the Nation’s Membership Department go forward with its project to offer an ON tribal member card with enhanced security features in the upcoming 2023 fiscal year.

ONCA 22-73 (Congressional Speaker Alice Goodfox) is “An Act to amend ONCA 14-39 to amend the definition of benefits.”

ONCA 22-75 (Goodfox) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $1 million to the Executive Branch of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the expansion of the Chapel in the Hominy Indian Village.”

ONCA 22-81 (Congresswoman Pam Shaw) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $1 million to the Executive Branch of ARPA funds for the expansion of the Chapel in the Grayhorse Indian Village.”

ONCA 22-82 (Congressman Scott BigHorse) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate the amount of $2,811,473 to the Pawhuska Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academy of ARPA funds for the continuation and completion of a new facility project.

ONCA 22-98 (Congressman Billy Keene) is “An Act to prohibit anonymous donations to candidates running for an elected office of the Osage Nation.”

ONCA 22-99 (BigHorse) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate the amount of $40,679,250 for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program from Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) funds for Broadband.”

ONCA 22-104 (Shaw) is “An Act to provide an appropriation to the Grayhorse Village Committee Fund in the amount of $125,000 for fiscal year 2023.”

ONCA 22-106 (Congresswoman Paula Stabler) is “An Act to provide an appropriation to the Hominy and Pawhuska Village Committee Funds in the amount of four hundred six thousand seven hundred twenty dollars ($406,720) for fiscal year 2023.”

ONCR 22-06 (Goodfox) is “A Resolution to authorize the Principal Chief of the Osage Nation to enter into and execute a Tribal Council Member Agreement with the U.S. Social Security Administration to allow the Osage Nation to extend Social Security and Medicare coverage to the Members of the Osage Nation Congress.”

ONCA 22-87 (Potts) is “An Act to place limitations on campaign donations to candidates running for an elected office of the Osage Nation.”

ONCA 22-96 (Stabler) is “An Act to provide an appropriation to the Legislative Branch of the Osage Nation for fiscal year 2023 in the amount of $2,491,552.”

ONCA 22-100 (Stabler) is “An Act to provide an appropriation to the Judicial Branch of the Osage Nation for fiscal year 2023 in the amount of $891,790 of tribal funds and $127,750 of non- tribal funds.”

ONCA 22-109 (Potts) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $114,492 to the Osage Nation Butcher House Meats in ARPA funds for flooring improvements.”

All passed bills and resolutions are then sent to Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear for consideration of signing into law.

To view filed legislation and the Congressional calendar for scheduled sessions and committee meetings, go online to: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch

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Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.
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