Osage Nation Congress Special Session Includes Critical Items

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Subjects include ARPA funding, land purchases, FY21 budget and grants to avoid shutdown 
 
OSAGE RESERVATION, OKLA. (Thursday, July 15, 2021) – Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear calls the Osage Nation Congress into Special Session on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. The Executive Proclamation includes 24 items of high importance to Osage Nation constituents and community members. While the majority of items are the appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act funds, also known as ARPA funds, the Proclamation also includes the approval and appropriation of Fiscal Year 2021 Federal budgets and grants. Osage Nation Congress approval and appropriation is required per a bill enacted in May 2021 requiring all non-tribal funds be appropriated by Osage Nation Congress before expenditure. If the Fiscal Year 2021 Federal budgets and grants are not approved by Osage Nation Congress during the Special Session, the Osage Nation Government will shutdown on Monday, July 26, 2021.  

 

ARPA was established by the Biden administration to provide emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. On May 19, 2021, the Osage Nation received $108 million through this program. Concurrent with the program launch, the U.S. Treasury published an Interim Final Rule on ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The full list of considerations for the Osage Nation 7th Congress 10th Special Session includes: 

 

1. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Grayhorse Village water and sewer infrastructure

2. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Hominy Village water and sewer infrastructure

3. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Pawhuska Village water and sewer infrastructure

4. Appropriation from Tribal Funds for Architectural Engineering on the Tallchief Mansion Restoration

5. Appropriation from ARPA funds for the Remediation of the Rail Road Right-of-way, Design, Engineering and Construction of an Outdoor Health Complex

6. Appropriation from ARPA funds for the Captain Richard Luttrell Memorial Park

7. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Senior Housing in Hominy

8. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Senior Housing in Fairfax

9. Appropriation from ARPA funds for HVAC Systems for Tribal Building

10. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Individual Assistance Program

11. Appropriation from ARPA funds for Administration of ARPA projects

12. Appropriation from FY21 Federal budgets and grants

13. Appropriation from ARPA funds for basketball courts at all three Nation villages

14. Appropriation from ARPA funds for CARES continuation projects

15. Appropriation from ARPA funds for a PRT, transitional living facility, and counseling administration offices

16. An appropriation from Tribal funds to the Osage Ballet from the General Fund

17. A Resolution to alienate and convey Osage Nation property

18. An appropriation from ARPA funds for broadband infrastructure

19. An appropriation from ARPA funds for playground equipment and bus for Daposka Ahnkodapi

20. An appropriation from ARPA funds for update Osage News website and app

21. An appropriation from ARPA funds for COVID compliant Judicial building

22. An appropriation from ARPA funds for a Chapel in Hominy Village

23. An appropriation from ARPA funds for a Chapel in the Grayhorse Village

24. An appropriation from Tribal funds for architecture, engineering, and land purchase for an Assisted Living Facility.

 

Item #10, the appropriation from ARPA funds for individual assistance, has brought considerable discussion among the Osage community. The amount per Osage and conditions of receiving the monies may be the subject of intense debate at this Special Session.  

 

The Osage Nation Congress Special Session can be viewed via the Osage Nation live media page at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/multimedia/live-media beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Special Session could possibly continue through the following weeks.  

 

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