The Osage Veterans Memorial Commission, formerly the War Memorial Commission, was established by the Osage Nation Congress in 2011. The purpose of the Commission is to follow the Osage Nation tradition of honoring Osage veterans...[and] to provide a physical reminder for present and future generations of the contributions and sacrifices of Osage veterans and their families."
Franklin McKinley, Commission Chair
James Norris, Commission member
Marvin Stepson, Commission Member
Frances West-Williams, Commission Member
Frances Williams was born on December 20, 1947, in Pawhuska, Okla. She is the daughter of Juanita Ware-West and Howard M. West, Jr. Her grandparents were Susie Pryor-Craft and Howard M. West, Sr, and Lisa Clapton-Ware-Crawford and Joe Ware. She is married to John Webster Williams, Sr. They have three children; John, Stacey, and Nick Williams. She is the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Williams' comes from "a long line of veterans, most of whom are combat veterans." Her paternal grandmother was a charter member of the Hominy War Mothers and her mother was a member of the Hominy War Mothers and a state officer for the Oklahoma State War Mothers. Currently, Williams serves as the president of the Hominy Chapter of American War Mothers and as the newly elected president of the Oklahoma State American War Mothers. Williams is honored to be asked to be a member of the Osage Nation Veterans Memorial Commission.
- Hominy Chapter of the American War Mothers, President
- Oklahoma State American War Mothers, President
John Henry Mashunkashey, Commission Member
John Henry Mashunkashey is an Osage Marine Vietnam veteran born and raised in Osage County, Okla. Mashunkashey was raised in the Osage culture in the Pawhuska District. He graduated high school in 1965 from Pawhuska Public Schools. For several years, he has been working with combat veterans from WWI, WWII, Korean era and other war veterans regardless of age, race, or religion.
Mashunkashey is a long time resident of Barnsdall, Okla., where he happily resides with his wife Ahnawake. The two stay busy with community and cultural events throughout Osage County and Oklahoma. Mashunkashey has two sons and six grandchildren.
- 45th Division of Oklahoma, Discharged Honorable
- American Legion Post 198, Member (former president and officer)
- Disabled Veterans (DAV), Member
- Marine Corps League, Member
- Department of Oklahoma Commandment, Member since 2011
- 2014 Marine of the Year, Southern Division
- 2016 Veteran of the Week
ONCA 11-68 - "An Act to authorize and appropriate five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the Osage War memorial fund; to authorize the establishment of the Osage Nation War Memorial Commission; to establish the Osage Nation War Memorial Fund as a revolving fund; to provide selection of the site, an architectural design contest, and administration of the Osage Nation War Memorial; to establish an alternate effective date."
ONCA 13-99 - "An Act to amend ONCA 11-86 to reduce the appropriation to the Osage War memorial Fund by three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350, 000); and to establish an alternate effective date."
ONCA 13-10 - "An Act to amend Chapter 4 of the Osage Nation revenue and Taxation Act of 2006 on Taxation and Registration of Motor Vehicles, 26 ONCA 4-101 et. seq.; to define disabled veteran and Osage elder; to create additional category of passenger automobile plate for Osage elders; and to waive, on a limited basis, the registration tax for disabled veterans and Osage elders."