Osage Nation is providing assistance to tribal members with unforeseen needs caused by the global pandemic. This page contains information on how to apply for this assistance. The following assistance is being provided:
- CARES Direct Assistance — Assistance to Osage members negatively impacted by the effects of COID-19. The application deadline is now September 30, 2020. All applications must be received by this date. Apply now.
- Small Business Assistance — Assistance to Osage-majority owned businesses negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $10,000 in relief. The application closed on August 12 and is no longer available.
Under the authority of the Osage Nation Constitution, and in the interest of the Osage people, Chief Standing Bear declared a Public Health State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on March 19, 2020. President Trump issued Proclamation 9994 on March 13, 2020, which declared a national emergency concerning COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act, was authorized by a Public Law 116-136, and signed by the President of the United States on March 27, 2020.
The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading and causing illness and death throughout the United States. Members of the Osage Nation are vulnerably unprepared to face this health threat, and have experienced financial hardships as second-order effects of the Public Health Emergency.
It is the policy of the Osage Nation to assist tribal members who are struggling to meet individual essential needs and/or experiencing unforeseen increased expenses, as a result of the global pandemic. The Osage Nation defines essential needs to include: personal protective equipment, affordable and adequate food, and unmet health /medical needs. The Osage Nation defines necessary expenditures to include: expenses to prevent eviction or foreclosure, expenses to operate household utilities, expenses to telework, expenses to complete educational distant learning programs, and childcare expenses for essential workers during the pandemic. To assist tribal members, the Osage Nation will provide emergency assistance, directly to the enrolled member or the legal guardian of an enrolled tribal member.
Assistance of up to $1,000 is available for Osage elders 65+ at time of application. Elders have a greater probability of being retired, unable to take additional employment, and be limited to a fixed income. They have more difficult time adapting to increased expenses and/or reduction of income. Additionally, elders are the population most vulnerable to COVID-19 and may take precautions that the general public may not be required to. As such, their administrative cap was set to $1,000 to take all these factors into consideration for relief for this elder Osage population.
The administrative cap of up to $500 is available to all other eligible enrolled members of the Osage Nation, on a first come first serve basis, until funds are depleted or the program closes.
Applicants must be a current member of the Osage Nation as of July 1, 2020 to be eligible for assistance. Children born after July 1, 2020 and become members are eligible.
Eligible recipients must:
- Be an enrolled member of the Osage Nation; and,
- Certify their essential needs and/or experienced hardship; and,
- Submit a completed application, with a notarized signature.
- You must complete an application for assistance to the Osage Nation Financial Assistance Department. Call 918-287-9745 to request an application form be sent to you via Mail.
- You can mail, drop off, email, or fax the completed application.
- Mail to:
Financial Assistance Department
Attn: CARES Direct Assistance
Pawhuska, OK 74056
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to: 918-287-5593
- Mail to:
- Our Program personnel will verify your membership status and review your application.
If the applicant is determined eligible for assistance:
- We will notify the applicant of the determination via mail or email.
- We will process a payable the accounting department.
- We will mail a check directly to the tribal member or will transfer it directly to the tribal member’s bank account. You will need to complete an EFT Direct Deposit Form to receive the funds directly to your bank account.
If the applicant is determined ineligible for assistance:
- We will notify the applicant of the determination via mail or email, stating the reasons of denial and explanation of the appeal process.
- If the applicant appeals the determination, the appeal will be forwarded to the Director of Operations or his designee for review. Appeals must be submitted in written form, within 10 business days of the letter, to the Financial Assistance office.
- The Director of Operations or his designee will hear the applicant, review the appeal and make a determination of eligibility, then respond in written or electronic communication to the applicant.
A list of questions you may have about this assistance program is answered in this FAQ document. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with us via the contact information below.
You can reach CARES Direct Assistance Program staff via:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 918-287-9745
- Fax: 918-287-5593
- Mailing address: 627 Grandview Avenue, Pawhuska, OK 74056
- Physical address: 239 W 12th Street, Pawhuska, OK 74056
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 918-287-5492