The Eighth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its 4th special session starting on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in Pawhuska.
On Nov. 10, the Congressional Office issued a legislative proclamation calling for the special session in accordance with the Osage Constitution. Two-thirds or eight members of the 12-member Congress must call for a special session in writing to convene.
The proclamation lists seven items for Congressional consideration and possible action, including:
- Investment plan ISO revision
- Retained revenue policy
- Carryover policy
- Amendments to ONCA 22-95, which is the $56.4 million Executive Branch budget (tribal funds) for the 2023 fiscal year.
- Amendments to ONCA 22-94, which is the $19.9 million Executive Branch budget bill (with $19.3 million in non-tribal funding) for FY 2023.
- Amendments to ONCA 21-98, which is the FY 2022 budget for the Executive Branch with $49.9 million appropriated.
- Hominy Village Committee fund appropriation.
During the session, the Congress members may also meet in scheduled Congressional select or standing committee meetings to initially consider legislation or other items presented to Congress. The special session and any scheduled Congressional Committee meetings will be held in the ON Capitol Building in Pawhuska.
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, Congress members can motion and vote to adjourn a special session once all legislative business is deemed complete.
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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Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the LION Publishers board of directors, the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists, and she is also a member of the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News has won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division the past five years, 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.
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