By John Jech
My name is John Jech and I am a candidate for the Osage Nation Congress. I am the son of Cora Jean Jech and grandson of Charles and Nancy Big Elk. My great-grandparents were Charles Big Elk (Allottee #705) and Cora Pitts Lohah Big Elk (Allottee #706). I was born, raised and reside in Pawhuska with my wife Melissa and our daughters Cortlynn and Brecklynn.
I am a graduate of Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and major in accounting. I am a Certified Public Accountant and member of the OSCPA.
I am the owner of John Jech, CPA PLLC in Pawhuska and provide individual and small business tax planning and preparation services, small business bookkeeping and accounting services and auditing. I have devoted 20 years of service to the Osage Nation where I began in 1994 as a junior accounting clerk; in 1996 I became the Nations Controller and eventually became Chief Financial Officer in 2006, serving in that capacity until 2010. I have served you as an Osage Nation Congressmen for the past 4 years.
I have served as the Chairmen of the Osage Congressional Appropriations Committee for the past four years and also served on the Congressional Education Committee, Governmental Operation Committee and Health and Social Services Committee. This experience has provided me an excellent understanding of the Nations organizational structure and processes. I am knowledgeable of the programs and services the Nation offers and I make every effort to work with the Executive branch to ensure we are providing quality programs and services to all Osage members.
I plan to focus my efforts to continue providing accountability and transparency at all levels of government. I will also continue to work to protect the minerals estate, and ensure we continue to uphold our constitutional duty to conserve our natural resources, protect and promote our culture and language, and provide quality health, education and welfare services to all our people.
We must put personnel differences aside and seize the opportunities before us. We must work with the Executive and Judicial branches to prioritize how we will move forward to ensure all Osages, wherever they may live are provided the highest quality services and support our Nation can provide.
We must elect ethical individuals with analytical, leadership and decisive skills and I feel I posses those needed qualities. As a current Congressional member I have made those tough decisions concerning the utilization of our Nation’s resources. Those decisions are not always easy; I vote based not only on emotions but what is best financially for the Nation at that time. If elected I will be faced with making tough decisions that affect our Nation and its citizens. I feel that I can draw from my past experiences to make fair and educated decisions for the betterment of you the Osage People.
I would appreciate your vote on June 6, 2016. I encourage any citizen to contact me with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 287-1494.
Original Publish Date: 2016-05-11 00:00:00