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About Us

"As an independent news organization, we strive to report news and information with fairness and balance. While being the official news organization of the Osage Nation, we base our news judgements on our loyalties to our readers and Osage citizens, and we are not directly beholden to the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches of the Osage Nation."

- mission statement of the Osage News

Osage News
619 Kihekah
Pawhuska, OK 74056

P: (918) 287-5668
F: (918) 699-5282
E: osagenews@osagetribe.org

PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH

To obtain republishing rights for original Osage News articles and photos, please call 918-287-5668 or e-mail the Osage News at osagenews@osagetribe.org. Osage News Fax number: 918-699-5282.

All re-published Osage News content must have the Osage News URL (osagenews.org) added to the story. If the story is republished on a Web site, the Osage News URL must link back to the Osage News home page. Stories must have the following sentence added to the end of the article: This story originally was published by the Osage News (osagenews.org) and is used with permission.

COMMENT POLICY

You must be a registered user, with a valid email address, to post comments. You are solely responsible legally for the content of your Submissions. However, while OsageNews.org does not and cannot review every Submission and is not responsible for the content of these messages, OsageNews.org reserves the right to delete, move, or edit Submissions that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.

POLICIES
Code of Ethics based on SPJ model and Osage Nations ethics code
The Osage News serves all Osage people equally, regardless of location.

EDITORIAL BOARD
No endorsement of political candidates.
No editorials from the paper’s reporters, editor.
No gifts accepted from, or given to, elected officials or employees of Osage Nation in an official capacity. Exceptions where culturally appropriate.

CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS

ADVERTISING
Paid: Set rates are open to anyone for any purpose, at the discretion of the editor and/or board of directors.
Free: Osage Nation programs advertising for events benefitting Osage people.

CLASSIFIEDS
Set rates, open to anyone for any purpose, at the discretion of the editor and/or board of directors.

NOTICES: weddings, anniversaries, births, deaths, obituaries
Free; all information provided by reader.
50 word limit for weddings, births, anniversaries and birthday announcements
100 word limit for community announcements

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Compiled by staff from information provided by readers and Osage Nation programs; subject to news/community service value

CRIME AND COURTS
In keeping with policy of serving all Osage people equally, there will be no reporting of routine crime and court events such as an “Osage County police blotter”; Exceptions include when a criminal event or conviction becomes a legitimate story of interest to readers.

REPORTING
The Osage News seeks to cover news in all its complexity.
No one-source stories, including both documentation and people.
No anonymous sources, except with the approval of the editor who must know the identity of the source.
The Osage News is not a substitute for the due-process provided by the Osage Nation’s policies and procedures.
No gifts accepted from, or given to, elected officials or employees of Osage Nation in an official capacity. Exceptions where culturally appropriate.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Respectful and informative to the reader.
May be edited for grammar, clarity and space. 500 word limit.

WANT TO BUY PHOTO PRINTS?
For an 8 x 10 Color photo: $15
For an 8 x 10 Black and White photo: $10
Call (918) 287-5668 for more information or email osagenews@osagetribe.org.
 

OSAGE NEWS STAFF

SHANNON SHAW DUTY, Osage, is the editor of the Osage News, the tribal newspaper of the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Okla. She is also a former assignment editor for reznetnews.org, a Native American news, information and entertainment Web site that also trains and mentors Native college journalism students around the country.

A former reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shaw-Duty is a graduate of the American Indian Journalism Institute. She is also a Chips Quinn Scholar and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Shaw-Duty has held internships at the Associated Press in Sioux Falls, S.D., a copy editing internship at The Forum in Fargo, N.D., and participated in the writing workshop, "Writing About Race," at the Poynter Institute for Journalists. She has been a mentor at the Native American Newspaper Career Conference held at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota and an adjunct faculty member of the American Indian Journalism Institute.

Shaw-Duty is an award-winning journalist and a member of the Native American Journalists Association Board of Directors, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Press Association and Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Shaw-Duty resides in Pawhuska with her husband and six children. To contact Shannon Shaw-Duty email her at sshaw@osagetribe.org.

BENNY POLACCA, Hopi/Havasupai/Pima/Tohono O'odham, joined the Osage News in March 2009 as a staff writer. He comes from Arizona - by way of North Dakota.

Polacca worked for more than two years at The Forum newspaper, which covers the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., metropolitan area as a weeknight reporter. He reported on a spectrum of topics including bitter-cold wintry weather, municipal affairs, special events and human-interest.

He has written on local ties to the historic 2008 presidential election, efforts to pass citywide smoking bans, criminal matters (including bank robberies, armed standoffs, and shootings) and a local soldier killed while serving in Iraq.

Polacca previously worked as a reporter for reznetnews.org, an online newspaper, and wrote for the Native American Journalists Association’s 2006 convention newspaper in Tulsa. He has covered Native American-related topics including sacred land concerns, oral tradition and a museum exhibit on Indian boarding schools.

He holds an English degree from Arizona State University and studied news writing at the American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota.

Polacca has volunteered as a mentor at the Native American Newspaper Career Conference held at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota and for the NAJA student projects which produce the annual NAJA conference news coverage. He won third place in the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s 2008 Better Newspaper Contest for the government reporting category (newspapers with a circulation of over 12,000). In 2010 Polacca won second place for Best Online Writing by the Native American Journalists Association for his story titled “Tribal members write messages on their cars to ‘Pass the Budget!’” In 2013, Polacca won three NAJA awards that include: Second place for his story titled "William Kemble resigns as Treasurer of the Osage Nation," third place for writing "Pawhuska Village Five-Man Board Chairman resigns amid audit findings" and second place in the Best Feature Photo catagory for a photo shot during the 2012 In-Lon-Schka.

Polacca is a NAJA member. To contact Benny Polacca e-mail him at bpolacca@osagetribe.org.

CHALENE TOEHAY, Osage/Kiowa, is the award-winning Photographer and Editorial Assistant for the Osage News, the tribal newspaper of the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Okla.

Toehay worked for Riverside Indian School for three years and the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes for two years before joining the staff at the Osage News in 2007. A natural photographer, she attended the UNITY convention in Chicago where she furthered her skills as an up and coming photojournalist in Indian Country.

Toehay is a member of the Native American Journalism Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma Press Association. She has helped the Osage News in covering the life and issues of the Osage community. She is the proud mother of three beautiful children and a loving partner to her long-time companion.

To contact Chalene Toehay email her at ctoehay@osagetribe.org.

OSAGE NEWS MEMBERSHIPS

Native American Journalists Association
Oklahoma Press Association
Society of Professional Journalists

OSAGE NEWS AWARDS

2009 -  Native American Journalists Association awards the Osage News with third place for Best Design and Layout and third place for Best Feature.

2010 - Native American Journalists Association awards the Osage News with second place for General Excellence, first and second place for Best Online Writing, second place for Best News Story and third place for Best Editorial.

2011 - Native American Journalists Association awards the Osage News with first place for General Excellence, first place for Best Online Newspaper and first place for Best Layout. Staff members won first place for Best News Photo, first place Best Feature Photo, second place for Best Online News Reporting and second place for Best News Story.

2012 - Oklahoma Press Association awards the Osage News with first place for Personal Columns, second place for In-Depth Enterprise, fourth place for News Content, third place for Layout & Design, third place for Feature Writing and third place for Photography.

2012 - Native American Journalists Association awards the Osage News with first place for General Excellence, second and third place for Best News Story, first and third place for Best Feature Story, second and third place for Best Photo and first place for Best Layout and Design.

2013 - Oklahoma Press Association awards the Osage News first place for Personal Columns, first place for News Writing, second place for Layout & Design, second place for In-Depth Enterprise, third place for Feature Writing and third place for Community Leadership.

2013 - Native American Journalists Association awards the Osage News with first, second and third place for Best Feature Photo; first, second and third place for Best News Story; third place for Best Sports Photo; first place for Best Sports Story; first and second place for Best Feature Story; first place for Best News Photo and first place for Best Column.