Second Round of CARES Act Direct Assistance

October 14, 2020 - 4 p.m. CDT — Osage Nation is providing a second round of direct assistance to tribal members with unforeseen needs caused by the global pandemic. This page contains information on how to apply for this assistance.

There are a few important changes to note from how we conducted the first round of assistance. These changes are highlighted, but please note:

  • The application form has changed, do not use the previous version.
  • We have increased the amount of assistance. Each Osage member can receive up to $1,200, regardless of age.
  • Assistance will be distributed via paper check only.
  • There is a new fax number, which can be found under the Contact heading below.

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.

The administrative cap of up to $1,200 is available to all 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:

  1. Be an enrolled member of the Osage Nation; and,
  2. Certify their essential needs and/or experienced hardship; and,
  3. Submit a completed application, with a notarized signature.

  1. Download and print the application for assistance form. If you do not have access to a printer, we can mail you a copy via the U.S. Postal Service. To request a physical copy be mailed to you, please get in touch via phone or email.
  2. You can mail, drop off, email, or fax the completed application.
    1. Mail to:
      Financial Assistance Department
      Attn: CARES Direct Assistance
      627Grandview Ave.
      Pawhuska, OK 74056
    2. Email to: direct-assist@osagenation-nsn.gov
    3. Fax to: 918-287-5670
  3. 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.

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: direct-assist@osagenation-nsn.gov
  • Phone: 918-287-9745
  • Fax: 918-287-5670
  • Mailing address: 627 Grandview Avenue, Pawhuska, OK 74056
  • Physical address: 239 W 12th Street, Pawhuska, OK 74056