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Osage Congress to meet for first special session of 2024 calendar year

The special session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at the legislative branch chambers located at 104 W. Main in downtown Pawhuska.

The Eighth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its first special session of the 2024 calendar year starting Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

On Jan. 11, the Executive Branch issued an Executive Proclamation to the Congressional Office for the special session signed by Assistant Principal Chief RJ Walker.

In accordance with the Osage Constitution, “the Assistant Principal Chief shall serve in the temporary absence of the Principal Chief (Geoffrey Standing Bear) and when serving will have all the privileges, duties and powers of that office.” The Constitution also states the Principal Chief may convene the ON Congress in special sessions.  

This will be the 10th Special Session of the 12-member Congress.

Special session items listed on the proclamation include:

  • Amendments to non-tribal (funding) budgets.
  • Amendments to tribal budgets.
  • Amendments to indirect cost (IDC) budgets.
  • Amendment(s) to bill ONCA 23-33, which is “an Act to authorize and appropriate $2,200,000 to the Executive Branch for site construction at the (proposed) Wah-Zha-Zhi National Cemetery.”
  •  Amendment(s) to bill ONCA 23-87, which is “An Act to authorize and appropriate the amount of $ 1,920,920 for restricted land maintenance.”
  • Amendment(s) to bill ONCR 23-19, which is “A Resolution to approve a request for a 5% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Osage Nation Merited Employees for Fiscal Year 2024.”
  • Grant matching resolution
  • Fiscal year 2024 projected revenue
  • COLA appropriation

Special sessions may last up to 10 days and may be extended up to three additional days at two-thirds of Congress members’ written request. Otherwise, the Congress can vote on a motion made to adjourn a special session once all legislative business is deemed completed.

For more ON Congressional information on sessions, committees and to view filed legislative documents, 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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