Osage Nation College ConstitutionBoard Membership Establishment and Requirements

** Unofficial Document**

**We changed the format of this document by writing questions rather than statements for editing. Please post your response to the question underneath it by scrolling down the bottom of the screen, clicking on the "Edit" tab, and then finding the question you want to answer.

**Lee Vasquez-Ilaoa and Veronica Pipestem met with Dr. Grayson Noley at the University of Oklahoma on 29 August 2008 to discuss Constitution format. Here is the template we received from him. Most of the notes we have included are a combination of Noley’s template and the needs we perceive for our college. Please feel free to make additions and revisions to the format as well as the included information.

Article I

The name of the organization shall be:

Osage Nation College

Article II

Purpose of Organization:

The purpose of this organization can be described by the five following categories


To provide the Osage people with highly trained human resources and personnel
To assist people in being active, productive members of their community and the Osage Nation
To assist tribal institutions and departments in staff preparation, planning, research, and evaluation services


To preserve, perpetuate, and promote research of the Osage language and culture
To provide opportunities for students and instructors to integrate the Osage language and culture into their personal and professional lives
To educate Osages and other Oklahomans with respect to Osage history, the history of colonization, and the traditional and contemporary culture of Osage peoples


To provide high-level certificate-granting and degree programs
To provide college hours for transfer or continuing education credit to other higher educational institutions
To develop students’ leadership, technological, archival, critical, and communicative skills
To provide reflective, collaborative relationships among staff, students, and other educational institutions


To assist in assessing and planning for the developmental needs of the Osage Nation and surrounding communities
To provide reputable, competitive continuing and community education

Article III

This article will address Board of Regents membership status and requirements.


Although all members of the Board of Regents are not required to be members of the Osage Nation, all members must demonstrate a commitment to furthering and progressing the goals in the mission statement and maintain a consistent dedication to the goals and projects associated with the College.

Organizational Leadership (Officers):

Contemporary organizations need individuals to serve in leadership capacities to facilitate the business of the organization. Please consider the following:
Number of leadership roles and the name/title of each role
Function of each role
Term of office
Time of year elections are held
Who is eligible to run for office? (Do students need to have been a member of the organization for a number of semesters in order to be eligible to hold office?)
What constitutes removal from office?
What is the procedure for removal from office?
How is voting to be handled?
Can elected officials serve as members concurrent to their position in office?
Do we want to limit the number of non-Osage Board members or require that a certain percentage of the Board is Osage/Native American?
What are the roles of the responsibilities of the Board of Regents? Please list them here:
Here are some links to other tribal colleges’ Boards of Regents/Trustees and their organizational structures. We have put these here for you to view and select which structure(s) you would prefer. Please note that a few of the following colleges have an advisory council as well as a board of regents:
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College:
Turtle Mountain Community College:
Blackfeet Community College:
Cankdeska Cikana Community College: : see Articale Seven
Wind River Tribal College:
Chief Dull Knife College:
Fort Belknap Community College:
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College:
Leech Lake Tribal College:
Taken from Little Big Horn College ( ):
The College Mission and Purpose is directed by the College Charter, passed by the Crow Tribal Council in 1980: to establish, maintain and operate an educational institution at the post-secondary level on the Crow Indian Reservation. Crow Indian voters in the six reservation districts elect the all-Crow Indian Board of Trustees. In addition to the elected board members, a yearly elected member of the LBHC faculty staff and student body comprise the Board of Trustees.
Sitting Bull College (
While the accreditation activities ensure that Sitting Bull College meets the standards of the higher education agencies, the fact that SBC is tribally controlled means it must also provide services to the Native American community. Advisory boards made up of community members; provide input that is relied upon for program continuation and changes. The College Board of Trustees is elected from the eight districts. At the state and national levels the college is a member of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Article IV

Meetings and Quorum:

How often do we want the organization to meet?
Who can call (schedule) an official meeting of the organization?

Article V

Amending the Constitution

It is important to establish a process to amend the constitution. Some amendments will have the support of nearly all of the membership, while other amendments will generate divided opinion among the membership. Therefore, it is important to establish a process that is fair and easily understood. Here are some questions to consider:
How are amendments placed on the agenda?
How much advance notice do you want to have about the proposed amendment?
What is the minimum number of total members that must participate in the vote to determine whether or not it is approved?
Of those members present, how many must vote in favor of the amendment before it is approved?

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