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Kansas business consultant appointed to Osage Nation CDFI board

Micah Boulanger joins CDFI board members John Hibdon, a Barnsdall Certified Public Accountant and former Assistant Principal Chief and Osage Congressman Raymond Red Corn

A Wichita business consultant is now serving on the Osage Nation’s newly established Community Development Financial Institution Board of Directors along with two other individuals.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear appointed Micah Boulanger (Osage) to the CDFI board and he will serve as an interim member. Boulanger will be subject to confirmation consideration when the Eighth ON Congress meets for its 2022 Tzi-Zho Session beginning Sept. 6.

On Aug. 4, at the ON Tribal Courthouse in Pawhuska, Boulanger took his oath of office to start serving on the CDFI board with Associate Trial Court Judge Lee Stout presiding.

Boulanger joins CDFI board members John Hibdon, a Barnsdall Certified Public Accountant and former Assistant Principal Chief and Osage Congressman Raymond Red Corn who took their board service oaths in July. Filling the CDFI board is part of the Nation’s plans in establishing its own lending financial institution.

In 2021, the Seventh ON Congress approved legislation (ONCA 21-27) establishing a Nonprofit corporate code in Osage law, as well as a resolution (ONCR 21-09) to “authorize and adopt the articles of incorporation for the nonprofit corporation” as initial steps for planning a CDFI.

According to his LinkedIn, Boulanger is a Containment Cost Specialist for Micah Chance Healthcare Consulting. In his post, Boulanger works with employers across the region to implement cost containment strategies to reduce the cost of providing healthcare to employees. Boulanger also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing and a master’s of business administration degree from Friends University.

According to Osage law on boards and commissions, any board service requiring Congressional confirmation “shall be deemed to begin on the last day of the regular session where the appointee was confirmed.”

During the Tzi-Zho and Hun-Kah (spring) sessions, appointees for boards and commissions typically receive initial consideration and interviews with a Congressional committee before further committee action is made to refer appointees for confirmation votes by the 12-member Congress.

For more Congressional information on agendas for session days, committees and to view filed legislative bills/ resolutions, visit the Legislative Branch website at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch

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  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    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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Benny Polacca
Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

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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