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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 osages@northerncaliforniaosage.org

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in California is available online at: https://covid19.ca.gov


By

Benny Polacca


Original Publish Date: 2021-01-06 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.

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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