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ON Historic Preservation Office receives grant to demolish house on Sugarloaf Mound

The Osage Nation’s Historic Preservation Office is receiving additional grant money for its operations, including plans to demolish the house on Sugarloaf Mound in St. Louis.

In 2009, the Principal Chief Jim Gray administration purchased Sugarloaf Mound, which is located south of downtown St. Louis close to the Mississippi River. The mound is one of the last standing mounds in the present-day Missouri-Illinois region and was built by the Indigenous society when Osage ancestors were in the region, according to archeological research.

The Sugarloaf Mound property purchase included a vacant house built on top of the mound in 1925 and the Historic Preservation Office has said it planned to raze the structure and a cultural interpretive center would be planned and built at the site. According to Historic Preservation staff, part of the grant funding will be used for the house demolition costs.

The Congressional Cultural Committee heard from Congressman John Maker on July 18 during the second special session regarding the appropriation bill (ONCA 16-75) for the incoming grant money. Maker, who sponsored the legislation on behalf of the Executive Branch, said the bills do not require tribal funds to be appropriated.

The Congress unanimously passed ONCA 16-75 the following day during the two-day special session, which was signed into law by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear.

According to a fiscal analysis of ONCA 16-75, the Nation is receiving a $40,000 Tides Foundation MICA grant for the Sugarloaf Mound preservation project and the Historic Preservation Office is also receiving a separate grant for $52,914 from the National Parks Service, which totals $92,914.

Pascha Enzi, a GIS/ computer technician for the Historic Preservation Office, said the $40,000 would cover the house demolition costs and hazardous materials abatement in case of asbestos or lead paint. Enzi said the house has a basement, which will be filled with dirt as part of reshaping the mound back to its originality. The grant will also cover travel costs for two office staffers who will monitor the demolition activities, she said.

The $52,914 is for a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Grant through the NPS and will be used to hire an archeologist on a contract basis for a 30-hour workweek, Enzi said. The archeologist will be hired for monitoring activities for new pipeline construction and to respond to project complaints and reports. The grant money will also be used for expenses for the next Osage Heritage Site trip coordinated by the ON Historic Preservation Office, she said.

Last year’s Historic Site trip took a group of enrolled Osages to St. Louis to view various mound sites in the area and to meet with guest speaking archeologists.

For more information on the ON Historic Preservation Office and to read more about Osage history by Director Dr. Andrea Hunter, visit its website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/historic-preservation


By

Benny Polacca


Original Publish Date: 2016-08-02 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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