I am William “Kugee” Supernaw and I am announcing that I am seeking re-election to the Osage Nation Congress.
I have served 8 years in the Congress and desire to serve another 4 year term . During those 8 years my focus has been on making money for the Nation rather than spending it. I have developed plans to reduce unnecessary expenses and increase income that together have paid my salary many times over. I pushed the Osage Nation for 2 ½ years to apply for their share of the state motor fuel tax when we were the only large tribe in the state that was not receiving it and was finally successful. Today that tax brings in over $300,000 per year to the Osage Nation.
Most of the legislation I’ve sponsored have has strengthened our infrastructure, including the creation of the Office of Fiscal Performance and Review, the Construction Competitive Bidding Act and Gaming Reform. Spending bills sponsored by me have mostly been appropriations to purchase land.
I believe that an effective member of the Osage Congress must walk in two worlds: the traditional culture of the Osage, and a modern government that encourages and expands the business needs of our Nation. In my opinion more of our Congress should look beyond the next election and more toward the generations of Osages to come.
I urge Congress to support the Minerals Council, but advocate that Congress keep out of Minerals Council business unless asked to assist by that entity.
I am a long time member of the Hominy District In-Lon-Schka Committee, a practicing member of the Native American Church, and am an Osage Mineral Rights Shareholder.
My goals if elected include further expansion of the Nation’s land base, fiscally responsible expansion of our gaming facilities and the development and diversification of our economic enterprises with the oversight of a professional board of managers.
I am asking for your support and vote in the June election.
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Original Publish Date: 2014-06-02 00:00:00