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Maria Whitehorn hosts candidate dinner in seeking reelection to Congress

Whitehorn is running for reelection in the June 3 General Election

HOMINY VILLAGE, Okla. – Maria Whitehorn hosted an announcement dinner here as she is seeking a return to the Osage Nation Congress in the 2024 General Election.

Whitehorn served two terms (2012-2020) on Congress and her tenure included serving as chairs of several committees, as well as Congressional Speaker. She spoke on her interest in seeking a third Congressional term while attendees enjoyed a March 29 buffet dinner, which included beef sourced from her family’s cattle herd.

Former Congressional Speaker Archie Mason introduced his former legislative colleague. “We have that (Osage) word that says ‘do your best’ and when I look at Maria and I look at all of the candidates and those who are here sitting and breaking bread with us, I say ‘do your best.’ That’s what I ask as an Osage, as a voter, as an elder – Do your best for us,” he said.

Whitehorn said the four years since her initial Congressional service gave her an opportunity to see “administrative laws that are missing at our Nation that to me would make things better for the people … I’m not running because I’m unhappy with anybody on Congress right now, in fact I don’t want to knock anybody out of their seat. There’s one empty seat on Congress (five incumbents seeking reelection and one opening seat) and that’s the seat I’m running for.”

Whitehorn was born and raised in Hominy, lived in Texas for several years before returning in 2002 where she and her husband raised their two sons.

“I’ve been real active as a shareholder watching what our Minerals Council does, I enjoy going to those meetings and knowing what they’re doing … I’d love to get reelected because I see that we have issues with our (constitutional) authorities … I’m going to go there right now to Article 15 because that’s one place I believe our authorities are a little bit off kilter. Our document says that the general authority for our natural resources, which is land, fish and wildlife, water, air, it belongs to the Legislative Branch to provide for the utilization and development thereof.”

If reelected, Whitehorn said she wants to work on legislation with regard to how the Nation’s lands are leased and “the way it makes it better is we get to be transparent about it, you guys get to have a conversation about ‘what are we doing here? Are we going to raise cattle to sustain our people?’ Because food, water and shelter are three things that any human being needs.”

“It’s always been about the land, our houses are on the land, our cattle are on the land, the water’s on the land, now they’re wanting to pump CO2 down in our land,” Whitehorn said. “I want to get along with everybody and I want to unite and the way we can do that – follow this document (Osage Constitution) and you can put people in Congress that are willing to do so and support legislation to do those things.”

Congressional candidate Maria Whitehorn speaks to potential voters at her announcement dinner in Hominy on March 29, 2024. ECHO REED/Osage News

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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 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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