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Congress revises 2017 projected revenue figure again

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Benny Polacca

During the Dec. 2 special session, the Fifth Osage Nation Congress voted unanimously to approve a resolution revising the 2017 fiscal year projected revenue.

The FY 2017 projected revenue received its second revision this year after the Congress voted unanimously to pass a resolution (ONCR 17-08 sponsored by Congressman Ron Shaw). According to ONCR 17-08, the revised projected revenue is decreased to $110.6 million from $111.5 million.

Shaw, currently chairman of the Congressional Appropriations Committee, said the revised projected revenue amount includes the $960,000 settlement recently awarded to the Nation as part of the Ramah Navajo Chapter, et. al. v. Jewell case settlement.

The revised projected revenue no longer includes $30,000 in program or department income that was deleted after appropriation committee discussions, Shaw said. Also removed is $1.9 million in unappropriated funds from FY 2016. This figure was removed after the committee agreed the money would not be available until after the Nation’s annual audit is completed and reported by the Treasurer, Shaw said.

Shaw said unobligated funds from FY 2015 – also referred to as “carryover funds” – is now under a new category for restricted funds as part of the recently created retained revenue fund. The retained revenue fund contains $2.9 million, according to ONCR 17-08.

Other restricted funds include $3.2 million from the Nation’s Indian Health Service multi-year funding agreement for the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center and $30.8 million in the permanent fund.

Also, according to ONCR 17-08, the Nation is projected to receive $48 million in tribal revenue and $25.5 million in non-tribal revenue from sources including federal grants.


Original Publish Date: 2016-12-05 00:00:00

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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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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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