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Two Osage California regional organizations announce 2023 spring gatherings

For more information about both meetings or how to RSVP, email for the UOSC or for the NCO

The two California Osage organizations are announcing Spring 2023 in-person gatherings for Osage constituents and their families in both southern and northern regions respectively.

On Saturday, April 29, the United Osages of Southern California is hosting its Spring Gathering in Carlsbad at the city’s Senior Center located at 799 Pine Ave. Carlsbad is located approximately 40 miles north of downtown San Diego in the North County region.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last through 4 p.m., according to a meeting notice issued by UOSC Chair Greg Clavier.

The UOSC organization will announce more gathering agenda information once guest speaker presentations and events are confirmed for the day. The UOSC events typically include presentations from ON officials visiting from Oklahoma or local California Osages presenting information of interest to the attendees in addition to a lunch meal and raffle of donated gift and art items with the proceeds to help pay for supply costs.

For more information on the UOSC and to RSVP for the gathering, constituents can email or contact Clavier at (760) 802-7591.

NCO 2023 Gathering scheduled May 20

The Northern California Osage organization is announcing its 2023 Gathering scheduled Saturday, May 20 in Cotati at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Cotati is located along U.S. Highway 101 about 10 miles south of Santa Rosa and approximately one hour north of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. This is the first in-person event for the NCO since its last gathering held in November 2019. Previous year NCO gatherings have also taken place in Oakland, Petaluma and Woodland near Sacramento.

The Veterans Memorial Building is located at 8505 Park Ave. The NCO gathering starts at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to last until 4 p.m.

Carol Arata, an administrator on the NCO Facebook page and organization member, announced the 2023 gathering date on the social media forum. “Enjoy traditional food, demonstrations, featured speaker, children’s corner and much more!” read the event announcement.

Arata notes there is no charge to attend the NCO event but adds “Please consider supporting NCO by becoming a member of our volunteer-led organization. Our annual membership of $25 per individual or $40 for household (same address) helps defray costs associated with mailings and events.”

To contribute to the NCO and to pay by check, please mail to: Northern California Osage, c/o Eloise Talk, Treasurer, 5105 Asta Court, Plymouth, CA 95669.

Interested attendees are asked to email RSVPs to for the May 20 event or email for more NCO information.

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


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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