Osage Nation Celebrates New Grayhorse Community Building

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Public Welcome and Groundbreaking May 29, 2019

Fairfax, Okla., (Tuesday, May 29, 2019) – Osage Nation (ON) Managed Assets Department held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Grayhorse Community Building.  The event was on May 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Grayhorse, in front of the Grayhorse Community Building. 
 
Recently, the Osage Nation announced Dante Halleck as the Managed Assets Director. Halleck commented on the new building, saying, “This is about expanding capabilities for the Osage Nation by developing infrastructure that further supports our culture.”
 
A formal welcome was conducted by Halleck, along with a traditional prayer by Osage Elder and Traditional Cultural Advisor, Jerry Shaw.  Chief Standing Bear attended in support of the different departments involved and to honor to the Grayhorse community.  Standing Bear spoke about elders, tradition, and sacredness of the geographical area.  “This will be over two times bigger than what we already have here, and that shows how we are expanding,” he announced.  
 
Following Principal Chief Standing Bear’s words, the following speakers presented: former ON Congressman James Norris, Speaker Joe Tillman, Chairman of the Grayhorse Board, George Pease, Jay T Boynton of Boynton Williams & Associates, and Mike Agee, Project Manager for Builder’s Unlimited Inc.  Congressional members were present in support of the event and were also instrumental in appropriating funds for the Grayhorse Community Building.
 
 
Construction
Boynton-Williams and Associates serve as the Architect.  Builder’s Unlimited, Inc. serves as the Construction Company.  Boynton-Williams and Associates handle an assorted range of project areas, including education, healthcare, commercial and municipal.  Their mission is to connect on a personal level to projects and effectively enhance the quality of life associated with projects.  Builder’s Unlimited, Inc. is a 100% Native American owned corporation that prides itself on tribal relationships and safety. The Osage Nation Roads Department is also involved in the project and has plans to install a concrete drive around the buildings and arbor. 
 
 
The Building
The building will have an increased capacity of 4300 square feet, totaling 8500 square feet for the building.  This increase impacts the size of the kitchen, bathroom, and office space.  The kitchen will incorporate commercial equipment with a covered cook shack on the west side of the building.  There will also be a drive-through awning for unloading during inclement weather. 
 
“The community building will be used for meetings, gatherings, dances, funeral dinners, and individual family holidays and celebrations. It will also be used to accommodate our elders, especially in times when weather conditions do not permit outside celebrations and meals”, commented Leslie Holloway, Grayhorse District Head Cook. 
 
For more information, visit the Osage Nation Managed Assets Department at:
1420 West Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Office: 918-287-5509
Or visit their web page at:
https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/tribal-development-department
 
For more information about the Osage Nation Roads Department, visit:
1420 West Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Office: 918-287-5204
https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/roads-department
 
Groundbreaking group photo
 
 
 
 
 

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