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Eighth ON Congress honors outgoing Congresswoman Paula Stabler

Stabler served a four-year term starting in 2018 and a two-year term that ends this year after winning two elections.

At the close of their final regular session as 12 legislators, the Eighth Osage Nation Congress honored outgoing Congresswoman Paula Stabler whose term expires after the 2024 General Election.

On April 22, after the last remaining bills and resolutions received final votes, Congress voted unanimously to issue a citation of commendation to Stabler, who decided not to seek reelection. Stabler served a four-year term starting in 2018 and a two-year term that ends this year after winning two elections.

Congressional Speaker Alice Goodfox read the citation to her fellow Congressional colleagues detailing Stabler’s government tenure and accomplishments: “Whereas Paula Stabler has dedicated six years of service to the Osage Nation and its people as a member of the Osage Nation Congress, including serving as the Second Speaker.”

“And whereas Paula Stabler, a proponent of health for the Osage people, sponsored and passed legislation to create the entity Si-Si A Pe-Txa to oversee the Wahzhazhe Health Center; And whereas Paula Stabler has supported the community through legislation to fund the completion of a new Wakon Iron Hall and the Wakon Iron Chapel in the Pawhuska Indian Village.”

“And whereas Paula Stabler, in addition to supporting education, healthcare and direct services to the Osage people, has also supported elders through legislation to construct an assisted living facility and a funeral services facility; And whereas Paula Stabler has been a champion of the historical language and culture of the Wahzhazhe; And whereas Paula Stabler has earned the admiration and respect of her colleagues and the current members of the Osage Nation Congress for her leadership, dedication and years of service to the Osage people.”

Paula Stabler, from the Pawhuska District, served on the Osage Nation Congress for six years. Courtesy Photo

Goodfox motioned for the citation to be issued, which received a second and 11-0 vote with Stabler abstaining. Afterward, Goodfox presented the citation, as well as a gifted red-fringed Pendleton shawl that she placed on Stabler.

Stabler expressed gratitude to the Congress members and legislative staff who have all served or worked since 2018, adding: “It’s been a real trip to be here and when I think of all we have gone through together, you know we have our opposition, but when you think of the whole picture and you go back through all the years, we have all been at each other’s sides at different times and I can remember the first time we all were together on some issues and how good that felt on those days. At times, we’ve argued whether there should be 12 of us or not, but I think when you act as a body, it’s difficult, but when you act as a body, it’s powerful. And that’s something we’ve been working on the whole six years I’ve been here, and I think that we’ve grown a lot because of it and that we’ve matured a lot because of it.”

After her term ends this summer, Stabler said “I don’t have many plans, I don’t have a real definite path, I’m going to continue to be Osage and continue to live here and live my life and see what the next chapter brings. I appreciate you all for this … If I could leave you all with something, it’s: Continue to work hard, continue to stay involved and continue to push this Nation forward.”

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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 Polacca
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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