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Osage Congress to convene for emergency special session starting May 16

The session will begin at 10 a.m. and the Congress will consider emergency and storm-related items following the devastating tornadic storm that hit Barnsdall recently.

The Eighth Osage Nation Congress will convene for an emergency special session starting May 16 at 10 a.m. to consider emergency and storm-related items following the devastating tornadic storm that hit Barnsdall recently.

Congress issued the proclamation calling for the emergency special session, which comes just over a week following the EF4 tornado, which hit Barnsdall on May 6, killing two people and destroying more than 30 homes in the community. The proclamation also comes as the City of Hominy is under a boil order due to E. coli contamination in its water supply.

According to the written proclamation and May 16 Congressional session agenda, the 12-member Congress will consider the following legislative items:

– ONCA 24-54 (sponsored by Congresswoman Jodie Revard) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $70,000 to the city of Barnsdall for emergency assistance.”

– ONCA 24-55 (Revard) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-85 to provide supplemental appropriations to Housing Assistance in the amount of $200,000.”

– ONCA 24-56 (sponsored by Second Speaker Pam Shaw) is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-85 to provide a supplemental appropriation to the Executive Branch in the amount of $1,027,000 for village facility generators.”

 – ONCA 24-57 (sponsored by Congressman Eli Potts) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate $92,079 to the City of Hominy for water treatment and water infrastructure.”

– ONCA 22-77 (Potts) is “An Act to establish a revolving fund in the Treasury for storm shelter assistance; to authorize expenditures out of the fund.”

– ONCA 22-78 (Potts) is “An Act to authorize and appropriate the amount of $500,000 to the Storm Shelter Assistance Fund.”

For more Congressional information on sessions, committees and to view filed legislative bills/ resolutions, visit the Legislative Branch website at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch  

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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.

Benny Polacca
Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

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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Corrections:

It was incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this story that Chief Standing Bear called the emergency special session, it was the Congress. The Osage News regrets the error.

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