October 2008

Calling All Osages!!!  The Osage Shareholders Association, Pawhuska, Oklahoma announces the new Official and Authorized website is now Live!  Please visit for the latest information concerning Mineral Estate Trust issues and concerns of the Osage people.  The Association was formed in 1994 for the purpose of monitoring the trust and educate shareholders of the events and issues pertaining to its longevity.  The association seeks to preserve this precious heritage and to uphold the 1906 Act.  Please visit us at http://osageshareholdersassociation.org/ .

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!