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Eighth Osage Nation Congress to meet for July 8 special session

On Saturday, July 13, the six Congress members elected in the June 3 General Election will take their oaths during the Nation’s Inauguration Day event scheduled at the Bartlesville Osage Casino & Hotel

The Eighth Osage Nation Congress will convene for likely its final special session on July 8, which is five days ahead of the 2024 Osage Inauguration Day.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued an executive proclamation calling for the special session on June 18 for budgetary-related matters.

“Under the authority of the Osage Constitution and in the interest of the Osage people, I call the Eighth Osage Nation Congress into Special Session at Pawhuska, Oklahoma in the legislative chambers on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m.,” according to Standing Bear’s proclamation.

Three special session items listed for Congressional consideration are:

  • Appropriation of non-tribal budgets (usually funded with outside dollars)
  • Amendment(s) to non-tribal budgets
  • Amendment to tribal budgets (funded by tribal revenue)

According to the Osage Constitution, special sessions may be called by executive or legislative proclamations (at the written request of two-thirds of the Congress members) and may last up to 10 days. Otherwise, sessions may be adjourned sooner once all session business items are deemed complete.

On Saturday, July 13, the six Congress members reelected in the June 3 General Election will take their oaths during the Nation’s Inauguration Day event scheduled at the Bartlesville Osage Casino & Hotel. Afterward, the 12 members serving on the incoming Ninth ON Congress will meet for their first special session to form new select and standing Congressional committees and hold officer elections.

For more information regarding ON Congressional regular or special sessions, filed legislation and Congressional committee meetings, visit the Legislative Branch website at 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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