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June 26, 2013

The News won for news writing, personal columns, layout and design, in-depth enterprise, feature writing and community leadership

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – The Osage News won six Oklahoma Press Association awards in the 2012 OPA Better Newspaper Contest including first place finishes for news writing and personal columns.

August 24, 2011

Newspaper wins General Excellence in its respective category

The Osage News and its staff won a total of seven Media Awards from the Native American Journalists Association during this year’s annual conference in South Florida.

The newspaper’s Web site won first place for Best Online Newspaper in its respective division. This is the first year the Web site has won an award in this category since it was launched in 2009.

This year, the newspaper took first place for General Excellence in the monthly/ bi-monthly category for its 2010 election coverage.

January 28, 2011

Jones is the first AG in the history of the new tribal government

Jeff S. Jones took the oath of office Jan. 4 as the Osage Nation’s first ever Attorney General.

He was sworn into office by ON Chief Justice Charles Lohah at the tribal courthouse in Pawhuska in front of friends, family and elected and appointed officials from the executive and legislative branches.

After being sworn in, a smiling Jones said, “I’ll just say I’m excited to be here. I appreciate the opportunity the tribe has offered me. I plan to be here a long time.”

November 22, 2010

The center will hold classroom, small business and industrial facilities









Government officials for the Osage Nation, county and several organizations broke ground Nov. 18 on the Pawhuska Business Development Center which will be built in the industrial park west of Indian Camp.

November 18, 2010

Congress votes down amending the Gaming Reform Act, passes $25,000 supplemental appropriation for OK Tax Commission lawsuit

The Second Osage Nation Congress ended its third Special Session on Nov. 12 by passing five bills and two resolutions. A bill seeking to modify the Nation’s Gaming Reform Act regarding litigation and legal matters was also voted down before Congress adjourned.

ONCA 11-02 (sponsored by Congressman Mark Simms) is “an act to provide for protections to the Osage Nation on legal matters of Osage gaming” which failed with seven “no” votes over five “yes” votes.

November 18, 2010

Jones must be confirmed by the Osage Nation Congress in the next session or next special session

Jeff Jones has been appointed as the first Attorney General of the Osage Nation. The Skiatook-based Osage attorney currently serves as First Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma's DA District 10 which covers Osage and Pawnee counties.

"I met with Chief (John) Red Eagle and he said he was going to appoint me as the first Attorney General, so I'm excited to be the first Attorney General and get the office established," Jones told the Osage News Nov. 18.

November 9, 2010

The proposed amendments will be ballot questions in the next tribal election in 2012

The Second Osage Nation Congress passed five of seven resolutions Monday for its third Special Session. Each resolution deals with proposed amendments to the Nation’s Constitution and the five passed will appear on the ballot during the tribe’s next election in June of 2012.

“These resolutions… will go to a vote of the people at the next special election or general election,” Congressman William “Kugee” Supernaw said before the vote. “All we’re doing is placing them before the people.”

October 8, 2010

Paradox Consulting offers recommendations for Osages to make healthy lifestyle changes

FAIRFAX, Okla. – Paradox Consulting, which issued the health surveys to Osage citizens applying for the $500 health benefit card earlier this year, says changes in everyday behavior can help those in fair or poor health extend their life span by avoiding future medical complications.

October 7, 2010

Gaming Commission expansion bill is subject to NIGC approval

The Second Osage Nation Congress passed two bills during its Oct. 4 session, one of which will expand the Gaming Commission from one to three members.

Ten Congress members unanimously passed ONCA 10-73, a bill sponsored by Congressman Mark Simms to expand the Gaming Commission. Also unanimously passed by Congress was ONCA 10-79 which is “An Act to Improve Congressional Oversight of the Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise.” Its sponsor is Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear.

October 5, 2010

OKESA, Okla. – Construction crews are expected to complete the Okesa bridge and road project, south of the U.S. 60 turnoff, ahead of schedule and it should be ready for traffic in November, according to the Osage Nation Roads Department.

September 22, 2010

Office of the Chiefs budget approximately $214,000 higher than last budget filed for Gray administration

[Editor's Note: This story was updated for clarification purposes on Sept. 23.]

Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s budget for the Office of the Chiefs has been causing some friction between some members of Congress and his staff. His budget contains new job titles for appointed members and he is claiming “Executive Privilege” when asked to provide job descriptions.

September 9, 2010

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Men wearing purple shirts were all smiles as they lined up for a photo outside of the Osage Counseling Center in downtown Pawhuska. The photo will be made into a poster for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The men had volunteered their time Sept. 9 to pose for the photo, wearing their purple shirts. Purple being the DVAM official color.

September 7, 2010

 TULSA, Okla. – The Osage Nation’s first-ever Watershed Forum brought representatives from tribes around the state to discuss the importance of natural resource preservation Aug. 24.

Watersheds are important to many Native American tribes, including the Osage, because they are viewed as playing a role in spirituality and identity.

August 30, 2010

Consultant’s study examines 6,000-plus health survey questionnaires

[Editor's note: This story was modified on Sept. 9 for clarification purposes.]

FAIRFAX, Okla. – Osages living on the tribe’s reservation tend to have “poorer health” statuses than their fellow tribal citizens living elsewhere, according to the results of a health survey in which more than 6,000 Osages participated earlier this year.

August 27, 2010

The Osage Nation will have one of its own taking the oath of office as an Oklahoma State Senator when the new state legislators are sworn into office in November. And two other Osages are vying for two elected office seats in this year’s General Election on Nov. 2.

August 25, 2010

Offender Web site will list information on those convicted who live, work or visit the Nation’s trust lands

The Osage Nation Police Department is implementing a sex offender registry and plans to launch a Web site this fall which will provide public information on offenders living, working or visiting the Nation’s lands held in federal trust.

August 12, 2010

Health board slated to sunset at end of September, needs new legislation bill

The Osage Nation Health and Wellness Advisory Board is planning to meet with government officials to discuss legislation which will lengthen its life. It’s slated to sunset at the end of September.

August 10, 2010

FAIRFAX, Okla. – While technology buffs prefer the newest digital cameras to the old instamatics, Osage artist Alex Stock prefers to capture her images on canvas with oil paint.

July 30, 2010

PHS is second area high school to offer Osage language courses

The Pawhuska High School honored its students who completed the first Osage language class which started last fall.

Martin Parks, who is the school’s assistant principal and athletic director, presented a wooden plaque with the school’s orange and black colors to Osage Nation Language Department officials and language student Robynn Rulo on July 9. The names of 12 students who took the course were engraved into the plaque.

July 27, 2010

T. PAUL, Minn. – The Osage News took home five Media Awards from the Native American Journalists Association's 2010 conference here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The newspaper won second place in the General Excellence category for bi-monthly/ monthly newspapers. This year’s NAJA conference was held July 21-24.

July 21, 2010
The Nation has until Oct. 22 to file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, ON Congress passes appropriation bill for litigation
July 8, 2010
Judicial Branch judges, Second Osage Nation Congress and Osage Minerals Council members sworn in
July 8, 2010
If elected, ‘we’ve got to put in some long hours’
July 8, 2010
BigHorse says his experience as a state representative will be invaluable