Osages of all ages now have an opportunity to have their own photo identification cards offered by the Osage Nation.
For the first time ever, the Osage Tax Commission is offering the photo IDs, which list the cardholder’s identity information including: name, address, birth date, physical description and photo ID number that will be matched with the person’s membership number. Like modern-day driver’s licenses, the photo IDs will be available the same day a person provides his or her identification information and poses for the photo to be printed on the card at the Tax Commission, 220 W. Main St., in Pawhuska.
The ID cards, which bear the Nation’s tribal seal, ribbon work and the Osage orthography, are available to both adults and children and must be renewed every five years. The adult ID cards are blue and the child ID cards are red.
Friday June 1 was the first day the Tax Commission offered the IDs to the Osage public. The ID cards are $15 each for all Osages and cost $7.50 to renew or replace lost cards.
Tax Commission Administrator Mary Mashunkashey said the ID cards mirror other tribes who have the same service for their people.
Mashunkashey noted the ID card is intended for identification purposes and does not replace the Osage membership cards offered by the Nation’s CDIB/ Membership Department.
“This is not a membership card,” Mashunkashey said. If an Osage is seeking other services and opportunities that require presenting their membership card, they need to do so, she said.
To obtain a photo ID from the Tax Commission, Osages must present the following valid documentation to staff who will issue the cards: the cardholder’s birth certificate, social security card and ON membership card or Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card.
Principal Chief John Red Eagle and Assistant Principal Chief Scott BigHorse were the first recipients of the ID cards on Friday before the Nation’s June 4 general election.
Chief Red Eagle praised his ID card, which he said would be handy while traveling. Assistant Chief BigHorse said the card program is another effort the Nation is making in “exercising our sovereignty.”
The Tax Commission can be reached at (918) 287-5393 and its Web site is at: www.osagetribe.com/tax/
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