Osage congress member Shannon Edwards withdrew an amendment to cut merit pay for the Osage Nation executive branch this past Monday, though she intends to propose a new bill in March.
The amendment sparked outrage among some in the community. Twenty protesters picketed outside the congressional offices holding signs threatening Edwards' reelection.
The bill will require the executive branch to determine the allotted bonuses before handing them out and spread the amount throughout employees. This will result in a pay cut for many but a small bonus increase for most.
While some members of congress stand by Edwards, many Osage tribal members feel the congresswoman is not taking care of her own.
“I think its equality. I think everyone should have the same, they should be fair to their employees, most of their [campaign] slogans were saying, when they were voted in, that they were ‘here for the Osage people,’ and a lot of employees are Osage members, and how it seems now and what they haven’t passed…” said protester Cory Spotted Bear to Osage News.
Photo: An Osage Nation employee holds up a sign in protest to a proposed amendment by Congresswoman Shannon Edwards. Photo by Chalene Toehay/Osage News