Health Authority Board holds new officer election

With two recent resignations from the Osage Nation Health Authority Board, the three remaining board members are continuing their duties and project work.

On Aug. 27, the board members unanimously elected Cindra Shangreau to serve as Chairwoman as part of the new officer elections. Shangreau is assuming the board chair role after Dr. Patrick Tinker resigned earlier in the month along with Nancy Keil.

Both resignations took place during the August special session of the Seventh ON Congress, which passed a bill removing the board’s duty to handle all personnel matters at the Wahzhazhe Health Center. Those personnel matters will be handled by the Nation’s Human Resources Department, which handles those from other ON government program/ departments.

Also that day, fellow board member Michael Bristow was elected Vice Chairman and Cecelia Tallchief remains board Treasurer.

The HAB is continuing to work with Nation officials and consultants on preliminary plans for a new larger Wahzhazhe Health Center facility in Pawhuska.

During the Tzi-Zho Session, the HAB met with the Congressional Health and Social Services Committee to discuss budget and any pertinent information as the Congress considered governmental operations budgets for the 2021 fiscal year. Shangreau told the committee the new clinic project is ongoing and the board is still considering locations and no decision was made by the end of September.

Due to the confidential proprietary status of possible new clinic locations, Shangreau only added that Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn is helping the board with any needed business negotiations as the location consideration process continues.

Along with most boards and commissions, the Principal Chief will be charged with appointing individuals to fill the HAB vacancies. Once that occurs, then the 12-member Congress will consider the individuals for confirmation consideration, which includes a vetting process with a questionnaire on board service, professional experience, as well as an interview with the Congressional committee.