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Principal Chief BigHorse appoints individuals to ON board vacancies

Osage Nation Principal Chief Scott BigHorse appointed individuals to fill vacancies on four ON boards and those appointees will be subject to ON Congressional confirmation during the 2014 Hun-Kah Session, which begins March 31.

Those appointed will fill spots on the Nation’s Osage Nation Energy Services LLC Board, Gaming Enterprise Board and Utility Authority Board.

Recently those appointees were sworn into their respective board positions after taking oath with ON Trial Court Associate Judge Lisa Herbert presiding. The board members will serve interim terms pending confirmation consideration by the ON Congress.

Per the 2006 Osage Nation Constitution, all board and commission appointments must be confirmed by the ON Congress to continue serving past the interim appointment period.

Principal Chief BigHorse appointed the following people to board vacancies:

ONES LLC Board: Anthony Webb and former ON Congressman Eddy Red Eagle Jr. Webb took his board oath in-person while Red Eagle took oath via speaker telephone with Herbert.

ON Gaming Enterprise Board: Henry Harjo and former ON Congressman Mark Simms

ON Utility Authority Board: Paul Bemore, Homer Holding and Frank Johnson. Holding took his board oath in-person with Herbert while Bemore and Johnson took their oaths via speaker telephone with Herbert.

In addition to the Constitution provision on board and commission appointments, the ON Congress has promulgated its own Congressional rules for handling board and commission appointments before those individuals are considered for confirmation by the 12-member legislative body.

nthony Webb is an appointee of Osage Nation Principal Chief Scott BigHorse to serve on the Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC board. Benny Polacca/Osage News

According to the Congressional rules revised in October 2013, the Congressional Speaker will send a letter to the nominee requesting a resume and a completed questionnaire with a reasonable deadline set for receiving the information, which shall be no less than 10 days prior to the end of the regular session. If the information is not received, the nomination will not be considered and deemed rejected.

At the same time, the Speaker shall assign review of the nominee’s credentials, qualifications and any barriers to confirmation to the appropriate Congressional standing committee (i.e. governmental operations, commerce and economic development, health and social services, etc.) and notify the committee chairperson of this assignment.

The committee chairperson is responsible for accomplishing the study of the nominee to ensure he or she is qualified, verify information if needed and submit a report to the Congress with its recommendations, according to the revised rules.

Once the report regarding the nominee is submitted to the Congress, any member of Congress may motion for a nominee interview to be placed on an agenda or alternatively may move for the confirmation consideration to be placed on an agenda and such motions are subject to amendments and require majority votes to pass.


By

Shannon Shaw Duty


Original Publish Date: 2014-03-05 00:00:00

Author

  • 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 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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