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ONPD accepting sex offender registration

The Osage Nation Police Department is accepting registration information from convicted sex offenders who are required to register their whereabouts with local law enforcement authorities whenever they move, visit or hold a job within the Nation’s jurisdiction. The information collected will be used to maintain the tribe’s new sex offender registry.

ONPD Officer Brian Herbert is the project manager for the Nation’s sex offender registry and will register the offender’s information when he or she comes to the Nation’s jurisdiction, which includes all lands held in federal trust. Those trust lands include the Nation’s Indian Villages, the government campus and the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino properties.

“They (registered offenders who are Osage or non-Osage) have to come and see me, just like with parole (officers),” Herbert said. “They must report address changes,” schools being attended, jobs being held and have three days to update changes.

In July 2007, the First Osage Nation Congress passed resolution ONCR 07-12, which states the Nation intends to comply with the Adam Walsh Child and Protection Safety Act, prompting efforts to launch the offender registry. In 2009, the Nation was awarded an implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Sex Offender Management and Registration and Tracking Office (SMART) to start-up the offender registry.

Also as part of the offender registration process, those who must register with ONPD must submit DNA samples, finger- and palm prints, Herbert said. The offender registration application asks for basic description information including: vehicle description and license number, driver’s license number, and e-mail addresses.

A Web site for the Nation’s offender registry has been established at http://osage.nsopw.govwhere users can sign up for e-mail alerts on the latest information and registered offenders added to the registry. In the meantime the Nation’s Executive Branch and the ON Congress are drafting further legislation relating to sex offender laws and policies that are subject to approval.

A draft version of the “Osage Nation Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act,” which includes offenses and penalties, is available for public view on the ONPD’s Web site Herbert said the public is welcome to view the draft laws on sex offenders and offer feedback to ONPD.

For more information on the Nation’s Sex Offender Registry Program, contact ONPD at (918) 287-5510.



Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2010-12-09 00:00:00

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


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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