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Elder Parking spaces now designated on Osage Nation Campus

New signs for Elder Parking spaces went up on the Osage Nation Campus this month.

Thanks to a law sponsored by Congressional Speaker Angela Pratt, there are now two Elder Parking spaces for every 25 parking spaces at each Osage Nation government building. The only buildings that won’t have elder parking spaces are those with less than 25 parking spaces.

More than 25 signs have currently been installed, but more than 50 signs will go up throughout Osage County for all Osage Nation buildings that qualify, said Justin Carr, director for the Nation’s Roads Department.

Process

According to ONCA 16-49 (Pratt), an elder is designated as an Osage tribal member over the age of 65. However, not just anyone over the age of 65 can park in the elder space, the elder must apply for a sticker decal. The applications can be found at any department located within the Welcome Center in Pawhuska, and are easy to fill out, said Greg Carpenter, director of the ON Tax Commission. The forms are also electronically available on the Tax Commission’s website at https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/tax-commission

Carpenter said the elder only need to show proof they are over the age of 65, proof they are an Osage tribal member and a valid photo ID, and their application will be approved immediately. If the elder mails in their application, it will take a couple of days for the elder to receive the decal in the mail. The decals are free of charge. However, a $25 fee will be charged for any replacement decals.

According to Carpenter, the permit features a dark grey background with the word ELDER and a unique permit number. The permit is to be installed on either the bottom left of the rear window or the left side of the back bumper, it is not to be placed on the license plate. 

The law also states violators who park in the designated spots without a permit, or fraudulently use the permit, are subject to a civil fine of up to $500. The Osage Nation Police Department has been authorized to ticket vehicles parking without the proper decals, according to Carpenter.

For more information, contact the Osage Nation Tax Commission at (918) 287-5393.


By

Shannon Shaw Duty


Original Publish Date: 2017-06-21 00:00:00

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Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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