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February 24, 2014

Shaw is running for the Fourth Osage Nation Congress

Osage News columnist Dr. Ron Shaw has resigned his post with the paper due to his decision to run for the Fourth Osage Nation Congress. Per Osage News policy and Shaw’s contract, no columnist for the Osage News can use his or her position with the News as political gain.

October 1, 2013

A column on how Native Americans can navigate through the Federal Exchange Marketplace and the Indian Health Service

The recent passage of public law 111-148, also known as the Affordable Care Act, holds the promise of more accessible and affordable healthcare for Osages. Special provisions for American Indians should provide an opportunity for some Osages to receive more preventive services and better access to specialists outside the Indian Health Service (IHS).

January 5, 2012

The take home message is do not let your physician order a PSA test on you for prostate cancer screening until after discussing with you these new guidelines

As a physician who began practicing medicine before the advent of the PSA (prostatic specific antigen) test, as it became available I was delighted to find that there was now a test offered that could aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and help save the lives of my male patients who were destined to develop prostate cancer.

November 22, 2011

Board will be responsible for developing structure for the Nation’s Health and Wellness Division as well as compacting the Pawhuska IHS clinic

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle has appointed three Osages to the new Health Authority Board created by Congressional legislation during the 2011 Tzi-Zho Session.

Ron Shaw, MD, Tim Tall Chief and Lynette Freeman have been named to the board created by ONCA 11-116. The board will be responsible for “consolidating and implementing the organizational structure of the Osage Nation Health and Wellness Division.”

November 21, 2011

It’s my opinion as a Tribal citizen and that of others that the Osage Nation should proceed toward self-governance with the Indian Health Service for the benefit and improved health care of Osage Citizens

What is Self-governance in terms of health care and why should I know about it?

The term self-governance does not clearly convey its meaning as regards to the relationship between a federally recognized tribe and the United States government.

April 8, 2011

Chief’s Office says idea still being studied; compacting clinic would allow the Nation more control of clinic’s finances, services

A target date of Oct. 1 for the Osage Nation to compact the Pawhuska Indian Health Service clinic is a suggestion from a retired Indian Health Service official. But the idea of signing a self-governance compact with IHS is still being explored, according to the Chief’s Office.

Compacting the clinic would allow the Nation to have more say in decisions regarding the facility’s finances and patient services.

September 29, 2010

More than 8,000 Osages have registered for the health card to help cover medical expenses

The Second Osage Nation Congress approved a $4 million supplement for the health benefit card fund Sept. 28 which will go toward replenishing the $500 health debit cards for the 2011 calendar year.

The $4 million supplement appropriation bill (ONCA 10-91) passed with a 7-3 vote after it was successfully advanced for a final vote. The bill’s sponsor is Congresswoman Shannon Edwards.

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.

May 19, 2009

Board is examining the various methods of improving the quality of medical and dental care at our Nation's IHS medical clinic in Pawhuska

By Ron Shaw, MD Chair, Osage Nation Health and Wellness Advisory Board