Ceremonial event set for this weekend

The 50th annual Kihekah Steh Powwow will be held July 26-28 near Skiatook. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bill Supernaw, grandson of Kihekah Steh, the last hereditary chief of the Quapaw Tribe, started the club to honor all service men and service women, and to preserve the Native American culture. The club was formed in 1969 and it hosted its first powwow in 1970 on the old Selby farm, which now lies under Skiatook Lake.

Gourd dancing begins each evening at 6:30 p.m. and the Grand Entry begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a stomp dance Saturday night following the powwow. There will be contests each evening featuring dancers in the area. There will also be an opportunity for spectators to join in during the blanket dance.

The princess will be crowned Friday evening and princesses from the area will be invited to sit with her in the arena each night.

You may reach the dance grounds by turning north from Highway 20 (west of Skiatook) onto Javine Hill Road (152nd Street North), and then go north for 4.7 miles before turning west at the big powwow sign. There will be food and craft vendors. Admission is free and remember to bring chairs.


Enrollment dates are Aug. 5-7

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 Pawhuska school year will be Aug. 5- 7 at the Elementary Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 1 - 4:00 p.m. If you are enrolling a new student to the district, please be sure to bring the child’s birth certificate, shot records, social security card, and a CDIB card if applicable. All returning students need to complete paperwork at enrollment for the upcoming school year.


Osage County to hold class

Justin Hamrick, a health educator with the Osage County Health Department, will host a multi-session diabetes education class beginning Aug. 7, each Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. The class size will be limited to 12 spots. Interested individuals should contact Hamrick at or at 918-287-3740.


Class to be offered at OSU Extension

A wreath-making class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the OSU Extension building at the Osage County Fairgrounds. If you wish to attend, bring an undecorated wreath. Decorations will be provided. If you have questions, call Randy at 918-335-7023.


Deadline for Pawhuska school bond vote is Aug. 16

Aug. 16 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to vote in the Sept. 10 Pawhuska I00257 Special School Election, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Chouteau said that persons who are U.S. citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to vote in Oklahoma.

Persons who have never been registered to vote, not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply. Persons should fill out and mail an Oklahoma voter registration application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Aug. 16.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Sept. 10.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Chouteau said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at 918-287-3036 or email

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Chouteau said that applications also are available at our website or the state website, and voters can check their registration status at


Absentee ballots to be available

Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau has announced that the Pawhuska I00257 School has opted to close Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 & 306 in Osage County for its Pawhuska I00257 School Special Election scheduled on Sept. 10.

State Law allows a school district to close a precinct if it’s not entirely within the district’s boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct. There are 24 voters in precinct 102, 2 voters in precinct 103, 35 voters in precinct 110, 2 voters in precinct 111, 0 voters in precinct 113, 1 voter in precinct 301 and 1 voter in precinct 306.

Voters who are registered in precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 will receive an application for absentee ballots from the County Election Board. They can fill out, sign and return the application form to the County Election Board to have a ballot mailed to them. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. Voters who receive their absentee ballots by mail must return the voted ballot to the County Election Board by mail. Absentee ballots must be in the County Election Board’s hands by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.

These voters also may vote by in-person absentee at the County Election Board office from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 5 or Sept. 6.

Any registered voters in precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 who believe that they may reside in the Pawhuska I00257 School District and who have not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should call the office immediately at 918-287-3036