Haway Northern California Osage!

Meeting Place:
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
Oakland, CA

Meeting time:
9:00 PM -5:00 PM Saturday
October 15, 2011

Lunch served (included with dues) and will include one traditional Osage dish from 12:15 – 1 PM

We are planning a raffle so please bring raffle items!

On the Agenda:

  • Mary Elizabeth Ricketts will speak about being Head Cook for the I’n-Lon-Schka
  • J.R. Ricketts of the Osage Membership Dept. will speak about Membership procedures
  • Keir Johnson will give a short presentation on an Osage Seed Bank and seed preservation
  • Osage Language presentation from the Osage Language Program
  • Minerals Council information and the Cobell settlement
  • Nanette Kelley will talk about the survey and grant writing
  • Raffle!
  • Time for socializing to let our members get to know one another
  • + TBA

Please RSVP by emailing or call Melani King at (510) 620-9063

The meeting will be held October 15 at Humanist Hall in Oakland. The agenda and details will be posted soon!

We had in excess of 60 participants at our recent meeting in Petaluma. We might need to get a bigger room next time and we’re looking into other geographical locations. From the organizers point of view, it was rewarding and satisfying to see so many of you. Thank you for your participation!

Your feedback was very positive and we took your suggestions to heart. We will make sure that we have some audio amplification for our guest speakers. We also like to close future meetings with a little more time for your feedback and to encourage everyone to stay for a group photo if everyone will stand still that long.  Perhaps we could have a photo break in mid-afternoon when attendance is highest. It has always been a mystery to us to how many people would actually show up for our meetings and we’re happy to report that almost everyone that RSVP’d actually was able to make it. It really helps us to plan the venue and the meals.

We are eager to build up our attendance at these meetings and we are working to find interesting agenda items or activities that appeal to the majority of our members.

Ideas for Future Meetings
We have some input from people about ideas for future NCO meetings. If any of them seem more interesting than others we would love your feedback OR if you have other ideas, please send them along to us via email or fax, contact information below.

Here are some ideas we are thinking about in no particular order:

Hand Game (traditional gambling game with singing and dancing – some say it teaches intuition), How to cook a traditional Osage Meal, A Northern Calif. Osage Drum Group?, Osage Ceremonial Dress – explaining everything from tip-to-toe for both male and female and how and when it should be used, Osage Cultural Visitors, Moccasin making or other Osage dress, Lecture on Football Indian Style, Ribbon Work, Osage Minerals Council speakers with diverse viewpoints, Traditional Osage Dancing, Assistant Chief Scott Bighorse has volunteered to help facilitate a drum group, Political agenda relative to upcoming elections, and Traditional Elders visits and talks. What else would interest you?

Location of Next NCO Meeting
We are sensitive to the distance people have to drive to get to meetings. We are researching more central locations based on where the NCO membership lives. Would you be interested in knowing other Osages in your area and would carpooling be a good idea?

Osage Helping Osage Concept
We are looking for ways for the NCO group to build community and help one another. One idea we are looking at is developing a method for each of us to network or collaborate or just cooperate by being able to allow members to publicize a business, service, or event, perhaps in our web site ( Successful community’s help each other succeed.

For example, how many of you know of the upcoming art exhibit by Melani McKim (King), one of our fellow NCO members? She is presenting her art at an exhibit in Sacramento. For the particulars and if you are in the neighborhood this Thursday. May 12th or Saturday, May 14th, stop by and say hi to Melani and give her some support.

We are looking into ways we can easily showcase our members.  A business directory on our web site would be one example. Or, perhaps a section in the newsletter. What are other possibilities?

Purpose of the NCO Yearly Dues
The Steering Committee of our organization is an all volunteer group, so none of your dues go to salaries or retirement plans or new cars for the Steering Committee. In fact, your dues pay for renting venues, buying the food (sharing food among traditional Osages is often considered a form of prayer – Should we have pot lucks or is our present method ok?) drinks, all goodies and cups, plates, etc. Also, mailing expenses, phone, copying, website, incidentals and occasionally paying for flights for people from Oklahoma pretty much take up every cent we collect. Of course having more members means we have more funds for more activities. Do you know any Osages who might be interested in attending who didn’t know about our meetings?  Please alert them about our web site ( or send us names, address, email addresses, etc.

Please note that the dues cover both our Spring and Fall meetings. Until recently we have had no assistance from the tribe on supporting these meetings.  Our Osage Congress recently voted to offer groups of Osages outside the reservation help with meeting room and audio visual costs. We hope to begin accessing those funds with our Fall meeting, which allow us to broaden our choices of activities.

Volunteers Needed
From time to time we expect to have a task force or subcommittee to take on special projects or maybe some jobs associated with actually executing our meetings. So, if you are interested in helping to make this organization better for all, we would love to hear from you.

Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
One last item. Yes, the name of our group is Northern California Osage, but we do extend a warm welcome to any Osage that want to attend our meetings.

We are trying to provide a venue where we can learn more about our Osage culture, traditions, and language, and meet with our government representatives, and in just getting together with other Osage on a regular basis. Many of us that aren’t able to get to the Osage Reservation very often and we know that community has always helped Osage people survive and prosper.

We welcome your input and feedback in any form, so email, pick up the phone and call, or send a carrier pigeon. We really want to know what YOU want in these meetings.

With Respect,
NCO Steering Committee

Chuck Maker
Melani King
Duane BigEagle
Karen Elliott
Forest Tracy

Haway Northern California Osage,

Our big SPRING Meeting is less than two weeks away.

Our meeting kicks off around 12:15, but lunch will be served starting around 11:30, so plan accordingly. Meat Pies are first come first served.

What should you bring?  We are planning a raffle so please bring raffle items.

We have lots of guests from the Nation coming to visit. The Chief will be the first speaker, followed by Congressional Members and then a Language Presentation. There should be plenty of time for questions and answers and possibly lively discussions.

From Congress we are expecting Daniel Boone, Jeri Jean Branstetter, Shannon Edwards, John Free, Alice GoodFox, Geoffrey Standing Bear, and possibly Anthony Shackelford.  Find out how the last session of Congress went and other items of interest to you.

From Language we are expecting Mongrain Lookout, John Maker, and Rebekah Horsechief

Meeting Place:
Hermans Sons Hall
860 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952

Meeting time:
11:30-5:00 PM Saturday
April 30, 2011

IF YOU GET LOST, CALL ME AT (925)351-8585   or    DUANE BIG EAGLE (707)



Osage Candidate Forum Attendees,

We again thank everyone that was able to support the Candidate Forum this
past Sunday, April 25, 2010. If you weren’t able to attend, or even if you did, and would still like to see a video of the event, we are currently considering providing a DVD at a
nominal cost to members and/or hosting the video on a web site. Please let us
know if this is something you would be interested in by replying to this post.

Your NCO Steering Committee (Melani, Karen and Chuck)

Forest R Tracy
(925) 351-8585
Chairman – NCO Candidate Forum 2010

For those of you that weren’t able to attend our meeting on Saturday you missed out! The Osage Language Seminar given by the Osage Language Program was informative and interesting. Representing the department were Herman Mongrain Lookout, the program director, Talee Redcorn, program teacher and data collector, and John Maker, the Hominy language site coordinator. The day began with Mogri presenting a historical description of the language and the plan for its revitalization. A video was shown of a proprosed Language Institute and included the staff of the language program and their thoughts about the program. Talee talked about the effort to keep and store language information, showing various screenshots of a database being used. Mogri talked about developing the orthography and how it is still evolving. John Maker told a very funny story about his first year in college while in the dorms but you’ll have to ask him to tell it if you want to hear it! Finally, he went through the orthography and the sounds of the different symbols. We practiced our pronunciation of the different sounds by going through several lessons in the workbook they provided. The day was concluded with a prayer in Osage delivered by Mogri. I don’t know what he said but it sure sounded wonderful!

Dust off your thinking caps and welcome the Osage Language Department from Pawhuska. Our Spring meeting will be primarily dedicated to learning about the Osage language.

The meeting will be from 9:00 – 5:00 at the Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952.

As always, please pass the word on to those that don’t have email or access to the web.

Download the May 16 announcement.

Download the Agenda for May 16 Language class.

About 20 Northern California Osages and their guests met on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the home of Melani King, in Pt. Richmond, California. (Note: The meeting was moved at the last minute due to the fact that the community center personnel never showed up and could not be reached. Our apologies to anyone that may have come late and had difficulty finding Melani’s house.) Christy Marani spoke about educational opportunities for Native American students at U.S. colleges. Her daughter is now attending Dartmouth University under one of these grants.

Kugee Supernaw, Osage Congressman from Oklahoma was our featured speaker. Kugee spoke to us about issues under consideration by the Congress. He urged us to pay attention to the business of the Nation by listening to Council meetings on the Osage Tribe website or reading the minutes in the Osage News, and to provide feedback to our Congress members. There was a lively discussion of tribal politics during the Q & A session following his talk.

Chuck Maker, who has been appointed to the Osage LLC, described the LLC and how it can be used to bring development to the Osage. If successful it will provide income and jobs for the tribe. The LLC will consist of 5 members and a CEO. Chuck is one of 2 Osage members. The remaining 3 will be non-Osage businessmen, with knowledge of development. Their first task is to hire a CEO to direct the LLC. A discussion followed.

The following decisions were made: Karen Elliott was confirmed as Treasurer. Melani requested nominations for President. Since there were no nominees, Chuck Maker offered to continue as Interim President until our next meeting.

A steering committee was formed, which includes Chuck Maker, Melani King, George Baldwin, Jim Norris and Karen Elliott. It was agreed that they would meet in Petaluma.

George Baldwin offered to host the next N.C.O. meeting on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay in Seaside, CA. We agreed to meet again in early May. The steering committee will plan the next meeting. We hope to see all of you there!

Group of attendees from meeting
A small but interested group of us met on Saturday at the Pt. Richmond Community Center. (There were a few more attendees than shown in the picture.) Cora Jean Jech of Pawhuska, Oklahoma gave an impassioned talk about current events with the Mineral’s Council, the Congress, the Executive branch, and other items of interest which prompted some lively discussion.

Minutes from the first part of the meeting.

RE: Temporary Officers
The current temporary officers was approved by consensus. The topic will be revisited at the next meeting.

RE: Next meeting date / location
The Point Richmond Community Center was approved by consensus for the location of our next meeting. The date was set for October 18th, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm and also approved by consensus. (Pending availability)

RE: Mailout for next meeting
It was decided by consensus that the next mailout would be compiled by a team consisting of Liz, Chuck, Duane and Jim. Duane volunteered his copy machine to make the needed copies. Melani and Jim will work on the mailout and it may include a questionnaire to find out what members would like to see at future meetings (traditional arts, language, music, I’lonska information, political speakers etc. and topics)

RE: Dues
Cora Jean stated that $25 may be too small for people and in the future we could ask for more $30-50 even. No decision was made, it was merely brought forward.

My sister Miya in Pawhuska sent this along. Thought there might be some interest in the event that anyone is down in the Santa Barbara area.

I am sending this info to you in California to let you know that Raymond Redcorn’s son is going to perform at UC Santa Barbara


May, 12 2008 at University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Cost : free

I don’t know the rest of the details, I got this information from his myspace page.

He plays folk music that he has written, also he is very involved with NARF, the Native American Rights Foundation and speaks all over the U.S. Hope some of you can make it.

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