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Congress to consider appointees for board and commission service during Tzi Sho Session

Congress will consider 17 nominations for confirmation

During the 2022 Tzi Sho Session, the Eighth Osage Nation Congress will consider individual appointees to serve on the Nation’s boards and commissions.

Congressional Speaker Alice Goodfox said there are 17 appointees who will be considered and those appointments are being initially considered by Congressional committees of jurisdiction. If confirmed, the individuals will serve three-year terms on the respective board or commission.

Appointed by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, the board and commission appointees are:

  • Former ON Congressman James Norris is a reappointment to the Veterans Memorial Commission.
  • Former Osage Minerals Councilwoman Marsha Harlan is appointed to serve again on the Gaming Commission Board.
  • Bruce Pollock and Claudette Carnett are first-time appointees to the Gaming Enterprise Board.
  • For the Nation’s Health Services system, the newly established Si-Si-A-Pe-Txa Board comprises those who served on the former Health Authority Board. Reappointees are: Cindra Shangreau, Cecelia Tallchief, Michael Bristow, Timothy Shadlow and Hailey Kramer.
  • Nicki Lorenzo is a reappointment to the Nation’s Home Health Board.
  • Richard Perrier is a reappointment to the Osage Limited Liability Company (LLC) Board.
  • Beverly Brownfield, Teresa Rutherford and Rhonda Wallace are reappointments to the Nation’s Tax Commission Advisory Board.
  • Appointees for the Nation’s newly established Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Board are: Former Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn, John Hibdon and Micah Boulanger.

During the Congressional regular sessions, the appointed individuals will be subject to initial consideration by the respective Congressional committees, which will vote on further action including referring the appointed individual to the entire Congress. According to the Congressional rules: “Once reported (that the appointee is qualified by education or experience), any member of Congress may move during the ‘Motions and Notices’ portion of a Session for a nominee interview to be placed on an agenda, or alternatively may move for confirmation consideration of the nominee to be placed on an agenda. The motion is subject to amendment and requires an affirmative majority vote of the members present to pass. Should either of the motions fail, the motion may be reasserted any day until the day before the last regular day of Session.”

Each appointee will also be asked to provide a copy of his or her resume to Congress and to fill out a Congressional questionnaire. If the information is not received, the individual will not be considered for the board or commission service, according to the Congressional rules.

Also, according to the rules: “As provided in the Constitution, the Congress may decline to consider a nominee or a re-nomination by failing to move the nomination forward for consideration by the day before the last day of the regular session prior to which the nomination was made. If this occurs, the nomination is deemed rejected and the provisions of the constitution and laws regarding failure of the Congress to confirm an appointee apply.”

For more information on the Congressional session and filed legislative items, visit the Legislative Branch website at:


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Benny Polacca
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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