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Eighth ON Congress votes on board and commission confirmations in Hun-Kah Session

The incoming Ninth ON Congress will convene for the legislative body’s first regular 24-day session with the 2024 Tzi-Sho Session starting on Sept. 3.

During the 2024 Hun-Kah Session, the Eighth Osage Nation Congress confirmed several individuals to serve on various boards and commission entities for the Nation.

Except where noted in Osage law, the appointments are made by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and referred to the 12-member Congress for legislative consideration for confirmation votes. The Congress voted to confirm the following individuals to respective board and commission seats:

  • Clark Batson received a unanimous vote to be confirmed as the Nation’s Treasurer. His vote was 11-0 with one absence at the time from Congresswoman Brandy Lemon.
  • Four Osage elders received confirmation votes to serve on the Traditional Cultural Advisory Committee. Eddy Red Eagle Jr. received an 11-0 vote with one abstention from Congresswoman Paula Stabler. Nancy Keil received an 11-0 vote with one abstention from Congressman Joe Tillman. Janet Goodfox received a 10-0 vote with abstentions from Stabler and Congressional Speaker Alice Goodfox. George Stabler received an 11-0 vote with one abstention from Congresswoman Stabler.
  • Belle Wilson received an 11-0 vote to serve another term on the Wahzhazhe Elections Board with one abstention from Goodfox.
  • Incoming Gaming Enterprise Board members Amy TallChief and Holli Wells received unanimous votes to serve initial terms. Wells received a 12-0 vote and TallChief received an 11-0 vote with one abstention from Lemon.
  • Teresa Rutherford received a 12-0 vote to serve another term on the Tax Commission Board.
  • Julie O’Keefe and Nancy Pillsbury received unanimous votes to each serve another term on the Nation’s Foundation Board. The vote for O’Keefe was 11-0 with one absence from Lemon at the time.
  • Galen Crum received a confirmation vote to serve an additional term on the Osage LLC Board with seven “yes” votes and six “no” votes with Assistant Principal Chief RJ Walker voting to split the 6-6 tie vote. “Yes” votes came from Congress members Scott BigHorse, Billy Keene, John Maker, Eli Potts, Tillman and Goodfox. “No” votes came from Otto Hamilton, Lemon, Whitney Red Corn, Jodie Revard, Pam Shaw and Stabler.
  • John Jech and Penelope “Penney” Johnson received unanimous votes to serve their initial terms on the Nation’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) Board. Their votes were 11-0 with one absence from Lemon at the time.

The incoming Ninth ON Congress will convene for the legislative body’s first regular 24-day session with the 2024 Tzi-Sho Session starting on Sept. 3.

Author

  • 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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