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April 1, 2014

Meet and greet scheduled for April 6 for Osage-owned Dance Maker Academy

An Osage mother and daughter team are opening a ballet studio in Pawhuska this spring.

Jenna Smith, 27, and her mother, Randy Tinker Smith, who both created, “Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet,” are opening the Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy on April 14. The academy will be located in the old Senior Citizens building behind the Pawhuska Police Station at 200 Palmer Ave.

March 28, 2014

Students won prize money, belt buckles, trophies and plaques

Osage students from across Osage County participated in the 2014 Osage County Livestock Show at the Osage County Fairgrounds March 3-7.

“I thought it was awesome! I got to see a lot of stuff like cattle, and I made new friends and I am doing it again next year,” said Annabelle Yates, 9, who participated in the livestock show.

February 21, 2014

Torch Club members present Valentine's Day cards to the Pawhuska Nursing Home residents Feb. 13

Lending a helping hand, lighting up an elder’s face, providing community service – these are the memories being formed at the Osage Nation Boys & Girls Club.

Leah McCann and Evan Stamper are two of eight active members of the Torch Club in Pawhuska. The club is a chartered, small-group leadership and service program for local youth, offered through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, according to www.bgca.org.

November 25, 2013

Education and training provided for Osage Nation tribal members to work on Enbridge pipeline gets recognized

The Osage Nation received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor on Oct. 30 in recognition of its outstanding efforts in job training and job creation through its 477 program.

The program is administered by the Osage Nation Education Department with direction from the chief’s office and the ON Human Resources department.

October 24, 2013

For more information please contact Louise Cheshewalla, training coordinator with the Osage Nation Education Department at (800) 390-6724 or (918) 287-5303

Native Americans looking for work or thinking about a career change can now apply for the Nation’s Workforce Development program, which began taking applications recently.

The program places applicants in the various programs the Osage Nation offers and helps the applicants develop job skills in various fields. The program also assists adults with training assistance through local vocational and technical training schools.

July 26, 2013

The Osage Nation Language Department will be hosting their Recruitment & Welcome Back Luncheon at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, Aug. 24 from 11-2 p.m.

The Osage Nation Language Department will be hosting their Recruitment & Welcome Back Luncheon at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, Aug. 24 from 11-2 p.m.

All are welcome. Anyone interested in signing up for Language classes for the Fall semester can sign up at the luncheon. For more information contact the Language department at (918) 287-5547.

July 24, 2013

Layton Lamsam is one of 50 students selected for the Udall Scholars honor; plans to become a physician

Layton Lamsam was the only Osage to apply and be selected as a 2013 Udall Scholar.

“I’m really excited,” said Lamsam, 21. “It will not only be a great way to learn more and get more involved in health care in Indian Country, but a great way to make connections.”

April 11, 2013

Hud Oberly honored for academic achievement and community involvement

Through his school activities, cultural involvement and community services, Franklin “Hud” Oberly hopes to be a role model for youth.

“I’d like being a role model for youth because I have high expectations for youth,” Hud said. “I want to see them do good too and I hope they can look up to me.”

February 28, 2013

More than 100 employees participating in challenge

The Osage Nation has purchased a health kiosk and started a fitness challenge to encourage employees to lead a healthy life.   

“After reviewing our health claims history and overall wellness of our employees, it helped us (Osage Nation) make the decision to pursue a healthier work force,” said Clint Hill, benefits analyst for the Osage Nation.

February 27, 2013

Students take tours of memorials and speak with Native professionals working in Washington

WASHINGTON – Ten Osage high school students are spending this week in Washington, D.C., learning about the U.S. Government and how it pertains to the Osage Nation a part of The Close Up program.

The Close Up program, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, helps students learn more about their history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints.

February 26, 2013

Nearly 100 students from Pawhuska, Hominy, Woodland, Skiatook, Sand Springs, Shidler and Caney Valley attended the workshop

Students from seven different schools attended an ACT Prep Workshop hosted by the Osage Nation Education Department Feb. 1.

“I was very happy with the turn out,” said Ida Doyle, director of the Osage Nation Education Department (ONED). “It was a collaborative effort between the schools, the field facilitators, counselors, students and education department.”

Nearly 100 students from Pawhuska, Hominy, Woodland, Skiatook, Sand Springs, Shidler and Caney Valley attended the workshop. Half of the students were Osage.

February 13, 2013

Osages John Star Bighorse and Duane Easley lost by more than 200 votes

Christi McNeil will replace John Star Bighorse on the Pawhuska School Board.

McNeil won the seat with 336 votes. Bighorse received 117 and Duane Easley (Osage), received 90 votes.

She will join Justin Sellers (Osage), Tom Boone (Osage), Lori Hull and Jeff Bute on the five-member board.

February 13, 2013

Forklift training, CDL-prep with Hazmat class, Word beginner courses being offered at Business Strategy Center in Pawhuska

In conjunction with Tri-County Technology Center, the Osage Nation Department of Education will be offering classes to Native Americans, 18 years of age and older, who live in Osage County and meet income guidelines.

Classes being offered are:

February 12, 2013

Two Osages vying for School Board Member Office No. 3

Three candidates are running for a seat on the school board for the Pawhuska Public Schools district.

Incumbent John Star Bighorse (Osage) is up against Duane Easley (Osage) and Christi McNeil for School Board Member Office No. 3.  The person elected will join the five-member board which seats Justin Sellers (Osage), Tom Boone (Osage), Lori Hull and Jeff Bute.

February 7, 2013

The youth competition featured other Indian Education programs from across the country

Forty-two Osage students were overjoyed on Jan. 26 when they were awarded the first place trophy at the 11th Annual Battle of the Plains Youth Competition.

“The students were ecstatic especially since a lot of the students have been coming every year,” said Avis Ballard, Osage Nation Johnson O’Malley (JOM) coordinator.

February 6, 2013

Dakota Jester joins his older brother in earning the highest Boy Scout ranking

Dakota Jester’s Boy Scout experience started with following his older brother to scout meetings and trips at age 11.

“I thought it was fun,” said Jester, now a 16-year-old Pawhuska High School sophomore. “You learn how to start a fire without matches, learn which plants to stay away from, learn to cook and always pick up after yourself.”

February 5, 2013

Come out and enjoy some bingo and chili at Family Bingo Night, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ON Boys & Girls Club. All are welcome.

Come out and enjoy some bingo and chili at Family Bingo Night, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ON Boys & Girls Club. All are welcome.

February 5, 2013

Test your basketball skills at the Free-Throw/3-Point Contest for ages 9-18. For more information contact the ON Boys & Girls Club at (918) 287-5472.

January 16, 2013

Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 virtual public school, will host an open house in Bartlesville on Thursday, Jan. 17, for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.

January 10, 2013

Books Are Really Keen program will be at Indian Camp Elementary School in Pawhuska, March 12 at 4 p.m. BARK is a program designed for beginning readers, ages 7 and under.

Books Are Really Keen program will be at Indian Camp Elementary School in Pawhuska, March 12 at 4 p.m. BARK is a program designed for beginning readers, ages 7 and under. Free books, cookies, juice, a read-a-long and a sing-a-long will be a part of the program. All are welcome. 

January 10, 2013

BARK is a read-a-long program for beginning readers ages 7 and under

The Osage father and daughter team is coming back to Pawhuska for another reading program to promote literacy. On the agenda; free books, cookies, juice and sing-alongs.

San Antonio Osages Kendall Chapman-Ryan, 13, and her father Jim Ryan and mother Carol Chapman-Ryan will be in town March 16 at 1:30 p.m. to visit the Pawhuska Public Library and read to area youth. They were originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4, but due to a scheduling conflict they changed the date.

December 6, 2012

The center is geared toward children 6-12 and is open from 3-8 p.m. on weeknights

The Osage Nation Boys & Girls Club opened a Teen Center last month to simply give teens a place to go.

The ON Boys & Girls Club did a survey two years ago at the Pawhuska Junior High. The ten-question survey was designed to see what teen’s interests were. 

“The overall concensus was that teens didn’t wanted to be mixed in with the younger children at the Boys & Girls Club,” said Faith Allison, Chief Professional Officer for the ON Boys & Girls Club. “So it was something for us to work toward.”

November 15, 2012

Rezheadz spreads message of anti-bullying after seeing affects of bullying first hand

The Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Program celebrated their Native American Heritage day by bringing motivational speakers Rezheadz to the Pawhuska Public Schools.

“I decided why not bring them here to share their message with our kids – not only with the Native Americans but the whole school,” said Asa Cunningham, Pawhuska JOM President.

Rezheadz is made up of Jason “Smoke” Nichols, Melissa “MiMi” Nichols and Stuart “Big S2” Perkins, who addresses bullying, self-esteem, leadership and academic achievement.

November 14, 2012

Program held in conjunction with the National Indian Education Association's legislative summit

The Osage Nation Department of Education is now accepting applications from Osage high school students that are currently juniors or seniors from across the country to attend the Close Up program held in conjunction with the National Indian Education Association’s legislative summit Feb. 25 - March 2, 2013 in Washington D.C. Selected students will represent the Osage Nation at the national level while learning about the unique importance of tribal sovereignty and government-to-government relationships. Deadline for applications is Dec. 11, 2012.