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Grayhorse arbor demolition to start Oct. 22

The new Grayhorse arbor project is underway with its first crucial milestone – removing the current arbor – scheduled for Monday Oct. 22.

A demolition crew is scheduled to begin taking down the 48-year-old arbor on Monday, according to George Pease who sits on the Grayhorse Indian Village Five-Man Board. The demolition start time was not immediately known.

Five-Man Board Member Judy Johnson said family benches were removed from the current arbor and temporarily relocated under the Pawhuska and Hominy district camp arbors east of the dance area.

Pease, who took a photo of the arbor – minus the family benches – and said it’s the first time he’s ever seen the arbor without the benches.

The Grayhorse District is building a roundhouse arbor to replace the current one built in 1964. The Five-Man Board hired an architect to work on the design and construction could be completed in six months once the crews start work.

The arbor removal comes one month after the Third Osage Nation Congress voted to appropriate $990,000 toward the roundhouse arbor project. The funding will be used on top of an initial $550,000 approved by the Second ON Congress in January to finish the project.

When completed, the new roundhouse arbor could seat up to 369 dancers. The roundhouse design has room for two rows of dancer seating, more room for family benches and a ventilation system. The roundhouse dance area measures 7,950 square feet – nearly 2,000 square feet more than the current arbor’s, according to Grayhorse District Committeeman Scott Heskett.

With the nostalgic milestone coming, the Osage News is interested in hearing from you, the readers, regarding the arbor removal.

What will you miss about the current arbor? What memories do you have of prior dance activities taking place at the arbor?

Share your nostalgic thoughts and comments with us for a future Osage News story at or on the newspaper’s Facebook page sharing this story link.


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2012-10-17 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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