The Foundation board, which is responsible for the Nation’s non-profit foundation, was confirmed by the Osage Nation Congress Oct. 2.
They are Katsy Mullendore Whittenburg, Monte Boulanger, Bill Kurtis and Alex Skibine. Nancy Pillsbury Shirley was rejected by secret ballot.
Not all members of Congress were ready for the board’s confirmation.
“Bringing forward this vote [on the board’s confirmation] is a little untimely . . . these people that are going to be on this board are going to affect a lot of people,” said Osage Nation Congressman Eddy Red Eagle during the Oct. 2 congressional session. “We as a Congress need a little more insight as to their vision they have for our Nation.”
“They are all highly qualified, world-class people and I don’t want to take anything away from them,” Red Eagle said.
Shirley is currently president of the Pillsbury Marketing Company. She has served in senior positions on both the Ed & Harriett Pillsbury Foundation and the Harriet Pillsbury Foundation. She is a supporter of the Osage Tribal Museum.
Osage Nation Principal Chief Jim Gray will appoint a fifth nominee for the Foundation Board during the interim period between congressional sessions.
The Foundation Board members are:
Whittenburg, Osage, owns one of the largest historic ranches on the Osage reservation. She serves on the boards of the Woolaroc Frank Phillips Foundation Trustee, the River Oaks Bank in Houston, TX, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the American Quarter Horse Association of Amarillo and she is the host of the largest fundraiser for Eldercare of Washington and Nowata counties.
Boulanger, Osage, is the Senior Operations Manager in Bentonville, Ark., for Wal-Mart’s Credit Card and Financial services for the Western United States. He is also the chairman of Tribal Voices and American Indian and Alaska Native Resource Group which advises Wal-Mart on how to appeal to consumers on a cultural and community basis.
Kurtis is the current host of the A&E channel’s “Investigative Reports,” “American Justice” and “Cold Case Files.” He is a former CBS News anchor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and two Peabody Awards. He also serves on foundation boards for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Nature Conservancy of Illinois, the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library, the National Park Foundation and the Woolaroc Foundation.
Skibine, Osage, is a professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has served as deputy counsel for Indian Affairs on the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served as a regional representative for the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a staff attorney and project director for the Institute for the Development of Indian Law.