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Save the date: Northern California Osage holding virtual gathering Jan. 23

The Northern California Osage is holding a virtual gathering on Jan. 23 for the region’s Osage citizens.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and prompting a statewide California stay at home order in place since March 2020, the NCO plans to hold the virtual meeting via Zoom starting at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

“Please save the date of Saturday, January 23, 2021, for the NorCal Osage Winter Gathering. This virtual meeting will be live from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and open to Osages living in Northern California,” according to Carol Arata, an Osage citizen living in the Bay Area. “The meeting will be recorded and made available to others after the meeting date.”

 A list of gathering presenters is being developed and more details will be provided at a later date.

In the meantime, California is under supplemental regional stay-at-home orders as of Dec. 3 which take effect the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% intensive care unit bed availability. “The supplemental order clarifies retail operations and goes into effect immediately. They prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking (with certain exceptions as indicated within guidance for use of face coverings) and physical distancing in all others,” according to the state’s website on COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

The last in-person gathering for the Northern California Osage took place in Woodland in November 2019. The meeting featured ON government officials as guest speakers providing updates on the Nation and a culture craft activity, in addition to fellowship among Osages and their families that usually travel from various parts of the 58-county state with an approximately 40 million population.

For more information on the NCO virtual gathering Osages can email

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in California is available online at:


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2021-01-06 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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