The Osage Nation is this year’s recipient of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leadership Award. The Nation received the recognition Jan. 24 during the Chamber’s annual Business After Hours Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Elks Lodge.
“(The Nation) has contributed to the success of several community projects involving business and economic development, tourism and recreational opportunities for our community,” said Chamber board member Jennifer Tiger.
She cited recent partnerships and contributions toward projects benefitting the region. The Nation joined forces with Bartlesville-based Tri County Technological Center, the Pawhuska Chamber, and the Osage County Industrial Authority to build the forthcoming Business Development Center. This business incubator facility will be built in the industrial park west of Indian Camp.
Once completed, the facility will have classroom facilities for TCTC educational opportunities and business space for manufacturing or light-industrial use. The Nation also partnered with the Chamber, OCIA and the city of Pawhuska to create the Osage Nation Heritage Trail Scenic Byway, which starts by Ponca City and ends in Bartlesville. Tiger also cited the Nation’s contribution of funding for the Pawhuska skatepark, which was built east of Lynn Avenue by the Osage County Historical Society.
The Nation helped contribute toward the building costs along with the Make It Happen in Pawhuska committee, which sought contributions for the project as well. Osage tribal member Christy Red Eagle, Osage Congressman Eddy Red Eagle’s daughter and Osage Million Dollar Elm employee, accepted the award on behalf of Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s office at the event from fellow board member Berbon Hamilton.