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Osage Foundation selling 2022 Christmas ornament honoring the Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration

The ornament is $30 and is the 11th ornament in the Foundation's series

The Osage Foundation is selling its 2022 collectible Christmas ornament which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Osage Reservation in present-day Oklahoma.

As part of its annual tradition, the Osage Foundation designed this year’s gold-colored ornament with the Osage Nation’s seal accompanied by the words: “1872-2022 Osage Nation Sesquicentennial Celebration.” Osage is also written in the orthography on the limited-edition ornament.

“The Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Osage Reservation established in 1872,” according to the Osage Foundation website. The ornament sale comes along with the Nation’s Sesquicentennial Celebration hosted at the government campus in Pawhuska on Oct. 22.

Hundreds of Osages and their families and friends attended the day’s events, which included live performances of a puppet show sharing an Osage-themed creation story, as well as Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet. The day ended with a social dance as well.

“The event celebrates Osage resilience and recognizes major accomplishments that have sustained us as a Nation on this land,” reads an online description of the ornament. “It is appropriate to recognize this historical marker to acknowledge where we came from, where we are today and where we are going in the future.”

This is the 11th collection ornament for sale by the Foundation. In 2021, the Foundation offered that year’s ornament acknowledging the Million Dollar Elm tree. That ornament description reads: “The 2021 Osage Foundation Collectible Christmas Ornament is a copper-plated and 3D ornament commemorating the Million Dollar Elm. Located east of the present Osage Nation Tribal Museum at Pawhuska in Osage County, Oklahoma, the Million Dollar Elm was the site of public oil and natural gas lease auctions that began in November 1912. Because of the tremendous wealth that traded hands beneath its limbs, the tree became known as the Million Dollar Elm.”

The cost is $30 per ornament and they are available for sale at the Osage Foundation’s online store at: https://www.osagefoundation.org/

In Pawhuska, the Osage Nation Visitor’s Center also has Foundation ornaments for sale. 

“Each year, a new collectible ornament is designed to commemorate some aspect of Osage culture and history so that a grand tradition and collection can be passed from one generation to the next. All proceeds from the sale of this ornament benefits the charitable mission of the Osage Nation Foundation,” according to the nonprofit. Prior year Christmas ornaments, along with other gift items are for sale at the website.

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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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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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