Eight seats on the Fourth Osage Minerals Council are up for election on June 4. Those interested in running for the OMC can file their candidacy starting March 1 through March 29.
According to OMC Election Supervisor Billie Ponca, the fee to file is $100 and candidates can file at the Osage Nation Election Office at 608 Kihekah in downtown Pawhuska. Ponca and volunteers will be accepting applications for candidacy from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Running for the Osage Minerals Council has different requirements than the Osage Nation General Election. To run for office in the Osage Minerals Council the candidate’s name must appear on the quarterly annuity roll of the Osage Agency and they must have a CDIB card that shows the person is of lineal descent from the 1906 Osage Allotment roll. Candidates must be 18 years of age on or before election day. Candidates must also have received a minerals royalty income from the Osage Minerals Estate the previous March of election day.
Voters must be 18 years of age or over on election day. They must possess a CDIB card showing their Osage ancestry, and the voter’s name must be on the quarterly annuity roll of the Osage Agency as of the last quarterly payment immediately preceding the date of the election, according to Ponca.
“Each voter shall be entitled to cast one ballot and each ballot shall have the same value as the voter's headright interest shown on the last quarterly annuity roll,” according to a prepared statement. “Any fraction of a headright, however, shall be valued as to the first two decimals only unless such interest is less than one-hundredth of a share, then it shall have its full value.”
Election Day is June 4 and the voting period is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Osage Minerals Council chambers on the Osage Nation Campus in Pawhuska. The Osage News is also hosting Candidate Debates for Osage Minerals Council candidates on April 28 at the Osage Casino in Skiatook. The event will be live streamed.
For more information call OMC Election Supervisor Billie Ponca at (918) 287-5288.