By Cynthia J. Boone
I was born in Los Angeles, California. My family returned to Pawhuska, Oklahoma when I was about 15 months old to live on my grandmother’s original allotted land. We still live on this property. My husband, Tom, and I will celebrate 53 years of marriage this year. Tom serves on the Grayhorse Committee. We raised two sons, Tom Jr. and Daniel. Margaret Shunkamola gave me my Indian name.
I served on the Osage Minerals Council (OMC) for twelve years. As a past member, I testified in Washington D. C. before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Appropriations. The result was an award of $3 million to the OMC. I was a member of the Trust Team, who negotiated the settlement of the Highest Posted Price lawsuit. I negotiated the cost of attorney’s fees down that resulted in an additional amount of $1700 for each headright.
As a past federal employee of the Indian Health Service, I administered a multi-million dollar patient referral program for 25 years and provided technical assistance to two other clinics. My job at that time required me to work following the federal regulations and to operate within a budget. I was held accountable and was considered to be an expert in my field. I retired from federal employment after 27 years of dedicated service.
I’m an independent thinker and am a firm believer in the 1906 Act. If elected, my primary concern will be to protect the minerals trust and its assets as I did in the past. As a retiree, I have no other job, am in good health and can dedicate all my time to headright owner issues.
I humbly request your vote on June 6. To apply for an absentee ballot, write to the OMC Election Office,
P.O. Box 807, Pawhuska, Oklahoma 74056. I’m number 15 on the ballot.
You may call or text me at 918-698-3314. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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