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ON Congress confirms three Osages to gaming and ONES LLC boards

The Fourth Osage Nation Congress voted unanimously to confirm three Osage appointees to the Nation’s Gaming Enterprise Board and ON Energy Services (ONES) LLC Board during the Hun-Kah Session.

On April 20, Mark P. Revard and Susan Proctor Kneeland received confirmation votes to serve three-year terms on the Gaming Enterprise Board for the first time and Jill Jones was reconfirmed to serve a second term on the ONES LLC board for three years.

Kneeland was the sole board appointee present during that day’s session and addressed the Congress briefly. “It’s an honor to be here and to be under consideration for confirmation to the board. I understand what a huge responsibility this is and I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to serve the tribe,” Kneeland said.

Congressional Speaker Maria Whitehorn said not all board appointees being considered for confirmation did not receive formal invitations to appear before Congress, so the absences are not a reflection on those appointees who were absent. The separate confirmation votes for Revard, Kneeland and Jones all passed 11-0 that day with one absence from Congressman Ron Shaw.   

Revard, of Jenks, is a mortgage banker who is an executive vice president for Gateway Mortgage Group in Tulsa and is former president/ co-owner of FM Bank & Trust, according to his LinkedIn page.

Kneeland, of Wichita, Kans., is a category management team lead for Cargill Meat Solutions and previously held data analyst positions with Cargill and The Coleman Company, according to her resume.

Jones, of Bartlesville, was first appointed to the ONES LLC Board in 2012 and received Congressional confirmation the following year. She has over 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry with a focus on information technology and has worked for ConocoPhillips for over 13 years. 


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Benny Polacca


Original Publish Date: 2016-04-26 00:00:00

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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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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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