With great pride and respect, I am announcing my candidacy for the Osage Nation Congress. I believe it is time to refocus and prioritize our resources back to the areas that sustain us. Healthcare, Culture, Education, Protection and Economic success are vital in the foundation of any government and we must develop and expand these areas for the greater good of the Osage people. Creating a better Osage environment will ultimately create a better Osage Nation.
Matthew Shunkamolah was born in Lawton OK, and raised all across Indian Country. Matthew is a proud graduate of New Mexico State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and minored in Criminal Justice.
Matthew has strived to be a positive representative and role model for American Indian communities his entire life. Matthew’s service for Indian people began in 2000, as a researcher for the National Diabetes Prevention Program through the Indian Health Service Hospital in Gallup, NM. As a college student, Matt funded his education by working as a wildland firefighter and EMT with the BIA forestry Navajo region throughout AZ, NM, CO, and UT. In 2005, Matt participated in the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Fellowship program in Washington, DC where he attended congressional hearings and established valuable relationships with political dignitaries. Matthew’s professionalism and work ethic allowed him to become a consultant for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program, where he continued to recruit and work with American Indian students. In 2006, Matthew continued to mentor and help students as a recreation programmer for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Fort McDowell, AZ. In 2007, Matt began his career as a gaming regulator at the Fort McDowell Tribal Gaming Office, then the Comanche Nation Gaming Commission and finally the Osage Nation Gaming Commission.
Matthew Shunkamolah is from the Zon-Zo-Li district and his lineage includes his great-great-grandfather Shong-ah-Moie, the original Shunkamolah. His great-grandfather was Joe Shunkamolah Sr., who was from the Gray Horse area, and his grandfather was Joe Shunkamolah Jr. who grew up in Hominy. His great-grandmother was Margaret Little Shunkamolah, who descended from BlackDog who had his camp near Hominy where Matthew has many relatives.
Matt’s goal is to use his work experience, his communication skills, and diverse background to help his Osage people. Matt’s cultural background and passion to give back to the community make him an excellent candidate for the Osage Nation. Matt is running for Osage Congress and appreciates your consideration and your vote.