Educational opportunity in Washington D.C. for Osage high school students

Osage high school juniors and seniors need to pay close attention.

The Osage Nation Education Department is offering a chance to attend the Close Up program in conjunction with the National Indian Education Association’s legislative summit in Washington, D.C. Feb. 12 through Feb. 18.

A unique opportunity for students to represent the Osage Nation at a national level and to learn the importance of tribal sovereignty, as well as government-to-government relationships, according to a prepared release.

The education department will pay the student’s flight, tuition and fees for the program, attendance at one of NIEA’s legislative summit sessions, room and board, all transportation, security and activity for each student, according to the release.

Students will be responsible for any extra food, shopping, gifts or purchase.

Requirements for Eligibility

Students must provide the following:

1.     Copy of Osage Membership Card
2.     Must be a currently enrolled junior or senior high school student in academic good standing
3.     Students must be able to fly into (DCA) Reagan Nat’l Airport (Main Terminal) – Washington, D.C.
4.     Provide a letter of recommendation from a principal or counselor
5.     Submit a 300-500 word, non-first person, critical essay answering one of the following questions:

·      Describe sovereignty and how it relates to tribal governments.
·      Discuss any federal legislation or court case that directly impacted the Osage Nation government.
·      Describe Indian Policy in the United States.
·      What types of impacts has the media had on Native American identity?
·      Identify an American Indian inventor and describe how their invention had an influence on American society.

Completed applications along with all required documentation can be submitted to the Osage Nation Department of Education at 102 Buffalo Avenue, Hominy, OK 74035. 

The deadline for submission is Jan. 12, 2012. If you have any questions contact Cherise Lookout at (918) 287-5300 or toll free at (800) 390-6724.

For more information on the Close Up program, visit their website at