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Welcome Center reopens to public access, masks required in building

The Osage Nation Welcome Center is now reopened to the public after a temporary closure due to increased COVID-19 cases.

On Jan. 24, the Nation announced the reopening of the Welcome Center in Pawhuska, which comes two weeks after a two-day testing drive-thru at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Health Center resulted in 64 positive cases reported among the Nation’s 400-plus government employees. The mandatory employee testing drive was called in wake of the recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases and as an effort to stop the spread.

“The Osage Nation Welcome Center has re-opened to public access,” said an ON Communications announcement. “Face masks continue to be required and constituents are encouraged to conduct business via phone, email, mail, fax, or by using the dropbox (at the north Welcome Center entrance for Tax Commission business), if able.”

During the Welcome Center’s temporary public closure, ON departmental staff continued working remotely.

The ON Tax Commission can be reached at (918) 287-5393 and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service information, including vehicle registration and renewal forms and business license and tax applications, are available online at:  

Members of the public requesting information or inquiries can contact Constituent Services at (918) 287-5555 or online by completing and submitting a contact form at:

In a Jan. 24 update, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 7,679 new COVID-19 cases, which is a 4,700-plus drop from Sunday, Jan. 23’s reported 12,471 new cases.

Individuals with questions related to COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine, the COVID-19 booster, or scheduling a test, can call the WZZHC COVID-19 hotline at (918) 287-0028. The WZZHC is located at 715 Grandview Ave. in Pawhuska.


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2022-01-25 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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