In accordance with the Osage News Election policy, the Osage News is allowing each candidate 500 words on leading up to the June 2010 election. 

Candidate for Principal Chief

Ha-we. My name is Carl “Chico” Sellers, of the Buffalo Bull Clan, Strike Axe Band. My vision as Principal Chief of the Osage nation is to contribute to the rewarding efforts of all Osage elected officials, employees, and tribal programs by delivering the determined leadership our citizens deserve.

Beginning with strategic improvements in our professional communication and technical capabilities, I plan to oversee the implementation of the following developments for the sake of the Osage Nation’s growth and stability.

• Increasing the opportunities for success available to our students, tribal industries and entrepreneurs.

• Institutionalizing an evaluation of annual performance, including a comprehensive forensic audit.

• Embracing the advantages and responsibilities we share in supporting our diaspora, the network of Osage citizens abroad.

• Fulfilling the traditional obligations of our Osage Nation by improving citizens’ access to healthcare and a cultural education.

I believe the key to a successful Osage Nation lies in tactful diplomacy. Our nation-to-nation relationship with the Federal government must be strengthened to the advantage of the Osage shareholders and citizens. I’d like to thank all of the citizens, representatives and employees who have created the current momentum I intend to build upon as Principal Chief of the Osage Nation.