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ON Congress passes three government branch budgets for FY 2018


Benny Polacca

The Fifth Osage Nation Congress voted to pass the 2018 fiscal year budgets for the Nation’s government operations in its three branches before ending the 2017 Tzi-Zho Session on Sept. 29.

The Congress voted to end the 24-day session on Day 22 with the FY 2018 appropriation bills passed along with other legislative bills and resolutions. Congressional Speaker Angela Pratt noted the Congress will next meet for a special session scheduled to begin Oct. 26 after two-thirds of the Congress signed a Congressional Proclamation calling for the special session.

During the Sept. 25 Congressional session, the Fifth ON Congress voted to pass the three major 2018 fiscal year budgets for the respective three governmental branches. Those approved budgets are:

– ONCA 17-97: The $531,558 appropriation bill for the Judicial Branch. According to a Congressional Office fiscal analysis of the bill, the budget will be funded by $91,850 in federal funding awarded to the Nation and $439,708 in tribal funds. The Judicial Branch is also expected to receive $14,000 in contributions to supplement their budget.

The FY 2018 Judicial Branch budget also contains a $20,000 contribution for the Pawnee-Osage Court Appointed Special Advocates, which is a non-profit comprised of advocates who work with children from the Pawnee Nation and Osage Nation caught in the state and tribal court system in Osage and Pawnee counties.

– ONCA 17-98: The $2.4 million appropriation bill for the Legislative Branch, which comprises the 12-member Congress, its office operations and the Office of Fiscal Performance and Review (OFPR).

The Congressional budget totals $2,426,934 with the Congressional appropriation totaling $2,055,564 and OFPR’s appropriation is $371,370, according to the fiscal analysis.

The Congress meets twice regularly each year for the Tzi-Zho Session starting on the Tuesday after Labor Day and the Hun-Kah Session starting the last week of March. The regular sessions stretch 24 days and special sessions (lasting up to 10 days) may be called at any other time by written proclamations issued by the Principal Chief or with consent of two-thirds of the Congress.

– ONCA 17-99: The $61.4 million appropriation bill for the Executive Branch. The Executive Branch budget bill stretches over 120 pages and comprises budgets for ON government departments and programs funded by outside grant money awarded to the Nation or tribal funding that will come out of the Treasury.

Those entities’ budgets included in ONCA 17-99 include departments and programs, committees, boards and commissions and the Office of the Chiefs, which are under the Executive Branch.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear signed the three branches’ appropriation bills into law and the FY 2018 budgets will take effect starting Monday, Oct. 2, with the new fiscal year starting that date.

Original Publish Date: 2017-10-02 00:00:00


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Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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