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Samuel Alexander reappointed Osage Nation Treasurer


Benny Polacca

Photo caption: Samuel Alexander takes his oath on Aug. 10 to serve as Osage Nation Treasurer after Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear reappointed Alexander to the post with Trial Court Associate Justice Lisa Otipoby-Herbert presiding. BENNY POLACCA/Osage News

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear has reappointed Muscogee (Creek) accountant Samuel Alexander to continue serving as Osage Nation Treasurer.

Alexander’s appointment for a four-year term comes after Standing Bear took office for his second four-year term in July. Alexander’s appointment will be considered for confirmation by the Sixth ON Congress when it convenes for the 24-day Tzi-Zho Session starting Sept. 4.

On Aug. 10, Alexander took his oath to continue serving as interim Treasurer at the ON Tribal Courthouse with ON Associate Trial Court Judge Lisa Otipoby-Herbert presiding.

In 2016, Alexander was first appointed and confirmed as Treasurer by ON Congressional vote to serve the remaining term after former Treasurer Callie Catcher retired and Alexander accepted a request to continue serving as Treasurer for a four-year term, Standing Bear said at the courthouse.   

According to Osage law establishing the Department of Treasury, the ON Treasurer shall be appointed by the Principal Chief and confirmed by Congress. The law also states the Treasurer shall be at least 25 years old, have no felony convictions and shall have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a certified public accountant’s license and degree preferred.

Alexander managed his own accounting firm before serving as ON Treasurer, according to his LinkedIn profile. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business accounting from Northeastern State University. Alexander also served as an elected Muscogee Creek Nation National Council representative and has worked as an outside auditor for several tribal and local governments.

Alexander is also a U.S. Army veteran and served as Speaker while on the MCN National Council. He also served as Tax Commissioner for the tribe and chairman of the MCN Gaming Operations Authority Board. Alexander is a state-certified public accountant, according to the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.

Original Publish Date: 2018-08-17 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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