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In-person voters to receive free face mask on Election Day

Photo caption: In-person voters on Election Day will receive a free face mask when they vote on June 1. Courtesy Photo/Addie Roanhorse

In-person voters on Election Day will exercise their right to vote, and they will do so in style.

Addie Roanhorse, Dana Daylight, Robynn Rulo and Janet Emde, out of concern for the safety of voters, are sewing 1,300 face masks by Election Day, June 1.

“I think this task is important for our people,” Roanhorse said. “The election is important, but the safety of our people takes priority.” 

In order to meet their quota before June 1, the team is sewing a minimum of 29 masks per day, Monday through Friday. 

“The first batch of supplies and material came from the Wahzhazhe Cultural Center,” Roanhorse said. “Addie Hudgins gave us the material that would have been used for their shirt-making class, which of course got canceled due to the closing of Osage Nation offices.”

She said the cultural center has about 15 sewing machines they could use as a back up in case their own sewing machines break down, but all four women preferred to use their own machines.

Wahzhazhe Cultural Center Director Addie Hudgins said the WCC spent $800 for materials as well as donating everything they had to make the masks. 

Roanhorse, Daylight, Rulo and Emde are all experienced seamstresses of Osage traditional clothing. All four women sew ribbonwork and other items used for traditional dress for both men and women.

The polling place for the 2020 Osage Nation General Election is the Osage Nation Civic Center, located at 1449 W. Main in Pawhuska. The poll opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Voters must be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and have been issued an Osage Nation Membership Card on or after Oct. 9, 2002, which bears the signature of a Principal Chief of the Osage Nation. Voters must also present a government-issued photo ID.

The Wahzhazhe Elections Office toll-free number is (877) 560-5286 and the email address is for election-related inquiries.

Follow “Osage Elections” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the 2020 General Election.


[Editor’s Note: This article was updated on May 11, 2020.]


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2020-05-11 00:00:00

Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

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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