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Election Board approves ballot for March 10 primary election

The Osage Nation Election Board voted to approve the 2014 primary election ballot on Jan. 22 once the order of candidate names was determined.

That morning, the Election Board held a drawing at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center with seven of the eight candidates present. The candidates are seeking the Executive Branch offices of Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief. The Election Board also used the event to answer questions from the candidates regarding the upcoming deadlines and requirements to remain compliant with the Nation’s election rules and law.

Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre announced the order of candidate names after Election Board vice chairwoman Shannon Lockett drew the names one-by-one from a clear plastic container where the names, written on pieces of paper, were placed.

The ballot order is:


1. Tom Boone
2. Geoffrey Standing Bear
3. Margo Gray


1. Raymond Red Corn
2. Amanda Proctor
3. Terry Mason Moore
4. James “Osage” Dailey
5. Randolph Crawford

With a 2-0 vote, Election board members Lockett and Terry Hazen approved the ballot during an afternoon meeting. Board chairman Walter Hopper was absent that day.

One week later, the Election Office staff began mailing the absentee ballots to those who are requesting them for the primary election.

The Feb. 10 deadline to submit absentee ballot request forms has passed.

After receiving the ballot and filling it out, voters must make sure the ballot is mailed back to the Election Office by March 10 to have their votes included in the counting that day.

The offices of Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief each carry four-year terms. Annual salaries for those offices are:

Principal Chief: $95,000
Assistant Principal Chief: $71,250

See more photos of the Jan. 22 candidate information meeting on the Osage News Flickr page at:


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2014-02-12 00:00:00

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


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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