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Sixth ON Congress to meet for special session starting Nov. 6

The Sixth Osage Nation Congress will convene for its third special session starting Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. in the ON Capitol Building.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued an executive proclamation calling for the special session on Oct. 17, which was later revised to include six issues for consideration. Those items up for consideration of Congressional action are:

- Donation to the City of Fairfax – This consideration item comes nearly two weeks after a tornado struck Fairfax on Oct. 7 causing damage to several downtown businesses, including Osage Nation government property and the historic Tallchief Theatre.

Also, according to a Tulsa News on 6 TV report, several Fairfax police vehicles sustained major damage in the storm and the Fairfax Community Foundation said the Tallchief Theatre (built in 1928) sustained roof and sign damage, including recent renovation work on the historic structure.

Other buildings sustaining storm damage include the ON Fitness Center and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinic, according to photos taken by the ON Tribal Works Department, which responded to inspect the building damages.

- To amend the Nation’s Capital Asset and Improvement Fund (ONCA 18-42) to delete reference to federal funds.

- To amend the Nation’s 2019 fiscal year Executive Branch Appropriation Act (ONCA 18-48) to correct discrepancies in the budgets.

- To access ON funds held by the federal Office of the Special Trustee for land purchases.

- To amend bill ONCA 14-39 to revise the compensation for the Chief Judge of the ON Trial Court.

- To amend the ON Restricted Real Property Repurchasing Act.

Special sessions may last up to 10 days and can be adjourned before that time limit at the will of the Congress. All Congressional session and committee meetings will be held at the ON Capitol Building on Main Street in Pawhuska.

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