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Nationwide school assistance program for Osage youth opens Jan. 1

Osage youth in grades Pre-K through 12th will be eligible to receive $250 for clothing, supplies and tech assistance

Osage families will receive a little financial relief in the new year when it comes to school assistance.

Thanks to a $500,000 appropriation bill from the 8th Osage Nation Congress during the Tzi Sho Session in September, Osage families nationwide with youth in grades Pre-K through 12th will be eligible for school assistance in the form of $250 per child.

According to the law, the $500,000 will cover 2,000 children whose parents/ guardians apply for the assistance. The assistance is not need-based and will be operated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The new program, titled the Osage Nation Financial Assistance Services for School Clothing, Supplies and Technology Program, will be administered by the ON Education Department.

Applications open Jan. 1, 2023, for the 2022-2023 academic school year at and will remain open until May 1, 2023.

According to an Osage Nation Communications release, the program “is intended to be an annual benefit for Osage families with school-aged children.” 

“We recognize that the costs of a new school year can be stressful for families,” said Education Director Mary Wildcat. “The Osage Nation Financial Assistance Services for School Clothing, Supplies and Technology Program provides critical financial assistance to support our families, so students can have what they need to reach their educational goals.” 

The application allows for families with multiple school-aged children to be submitted in one form. Eligibility requirements include: 

  • Student(s) must be a legally enrolled member of the Osage Nation. 
  • Student(s) must be enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. 
  • Student(s) must be enrolled in a public, home school, charter or boarding school. 
  • Student must provide a verification of enrollment that meets the requirements of the program’s policy 

Applications are not considered complete until all required documents have been submitted for each student and will be processed in the order received. 

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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

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Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. 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. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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