Who We Are
The mission of the Osage Nation Foundation is to promote and enhance the general welfare of the people of the Osage Nation by supporting cultural, educational, health, historical, community and other appropriate activities and programs. The Osage Nation Foundation (ONF) charter and bylaws were created and ratified on July 20, 2005 by the Osage Tribal Council. The entity was organized as a not-for-profit corporation on October 18, 2005 by the Office of the Secretary of the Osage Nation under Osage sovereign law. In 2006, the Internal Revenue Service recognized the Osage Nation Foundation as a non-profit public charity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. The charter of the Foundation was amended in April 2008 by the Osage Congress to bring the language in line with the new constitutional form of tribal government. The organization was generally inactive until 2009 when Principal Chief Jim Gray appointed a new Board of Trustees. In October 2011, the Board of Trustees amended its bylaws to agree with the previously-amended charter. In 2011, the Osage Congress appropriated funds to hire a professional firm to manage the affairs of the organization. Board of Trustees are appointed by the Principal Chief of the Osage Nation to staggered three-year terms. All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Osage Congress. The Board consists of five members. An executive director manages the day-to-day operations and the Board of Trustees as fiduciary and strategic oversight of the Executive Director and the organization. Officers are elected each year by the Board of Trustees to one-year terms. Officers include Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.
Board of Trustees and Staff
Alex Tallchief Skibine
Nancy Pillsbury Shirley
Our On-Line Store
Limited Edition "Hunka" Pendleton Blanket
This custom and high quality Pendleton Trail Blanket, named “Hunka,” is designed specifically to reflect the culture of the Osage Nation. Made by the world-famous Pendleton Woolen Mills and designed by Osage artist Wendy Ponca, this Osage limited edition collectible also includes an individually numbered tag. Each blanket is crafted specially for the Osage Nation Foundation. There is a limited supply – only 250 originally and now only 35 remaning -- of these blankets and they are available only through the Osage Nation Foundation website.
The Foundation offers unique Osage-related items with the proceeds supporting the mission and programs of the ONF. To access our on-line store, please click here.