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Progress continues on Hominy senior housing project

Hominy is the third community within the Nation’s Reservation to receive ON senior housing.

Construction progress continues on the Osage Nation Senior Housing complex for Hominy north of downtown, along State Highway 99.

As building efforts continue on 10 duplexes for the Hominy Senior Housing complex, the Eighth ON Congress voted to pass a funding-related appropriation bill for the project (ONCA 24-01 sponsored by Congressman Scott BigHorse) during the Eighth Special Session on Nov. 7. Those 10 duplexes will comprise a total of 20 housing units for Osage and Native American elder households seeking to live in the Hominy area.

According to ONCA 24-01, the bill is “An Act to amend ONCA 23-34, an appropriation for the Senior Housing Complex in Hominy, to change the recipient of the appropriation from the Executive Branch to the Capital Asset Fund.” Passed in April during the Hun-Kah Session, ONCA 23-34 (sponsored by Congressman Otto Hamilton) is a $3 million appropriation of tribal funding for the Hominy Senior Housing project to the Executive Branch.

During a Congressional Appropriations Committee meeting held during the special session, BigHorse said he agreed to sponsor the bill because “the monies need to be in capital assets so that we can track it by project (with other ongoing construction projects).”

The Hominy Senior Housing project is also being funded with American Rescue Plan Act funding that was previously appropriated by Congress. The $3 million mentioned in ONCA 24-01 comes from two funding sources including $1 million out of the Nation’s retained revenue fund and $2 million out of the Nation’s general fund. Congress approved the $3 million in ONCA 23-34 to help fund the senior housing project due to inflated construction and material costs.

Appropriations Committee Chair and Congresswoman Jodie Revard said the ONCA 24-01’s intent is “just cleaning up some language from our bill that we passed during (prior session).”

ONCA 24-01 passed unanimously with 11 “yes” votes and one absence from Hamilton on the final day of the special session. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear signed the bill to take effect afterward.

Hominy is the third community within the Nation’s Reservation to receive ON senior housing. In 2022, the Nation built and opened a new 20-unit senior housing complex in Fairfax, as well as a 10-unit addition to the Pawhuska senior housing complex. Each housing unit includes two bedrooms, new appliances, vehicle garage and above-ground storm shelter. 

Osage Nation Senior Housing provides maintenance-free and affordable rental housing to Native American elders residing on the Osage Nation Reservation. Rental rates are based on annual household income of residents. Osage preference applies to this service. To find out more information, please visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov/services/housing

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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 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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