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Eighth ON Congress to meet for 2024 Hun-Kah Session beginning on March 25

This will be the final 24-day regular session for the 8th Osage Nation Congress before the June 3 General Election

The 8th Osage Nation Congress will meet for its 2024 Hun-Kah Session starting Monday, March 25 in Pawhuska.

This will be the final 24-day regular session for the 12-member Legislative Branch before the June 3 General Election when Osage voters will decide on which candidates will serve in the six opening Congress member seats.

During the regular spring session, Congress will consider filed bills, resolutions and other matters brought to the Legislative Branch for review and possible action. The Congress also considers individuals appointed to serve on various ON boards and commissions for confirmation votes to serve full terms during regular sessions.

The members will meet in Congressional select and standing committee meetings, which will be scheduled as needed throughout the session for initial reviews and consideration of legislative bills and resolutions and possible amendments. The committees also initially consider board and commission appointees, who must provide professional experience and answer a written questionnaire as part of the vetting process to be considered for a vote by session’s end.

Following the General Election business, which includes Wahzhazhe Elections Board certification of results pending any challenges or recount requests, the newly elected individuals will join the other six sitting Congress members and they will be known as the 9th ON Congress. After the newly elected Congress members are sworn in during Inauguration Day in July, the 12 members will convene for a special session to elect officers and form new select and standing committees. 

The Hun-Kah Session is the first of two constitutionally mandated legislative gatherings for the 12-member Congress. Per Osage law, the Hun-Kah Session begins on the last Monday in March of each year.

During the session and committee meetings held in the Capitol Building along Pawhuska’s Main Street, Congressional public meetings (except executive sessions allowed by Osage law) will be live-streamed at https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch/live-media

Downloadable copies of filed legislative bills and resolutions, as well as Congressional meeting notices and agendas are posted online to the Legislative Branch website at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch

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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.

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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