Jean Dennison

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Washington, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9330

Approve Date

October 5, 2016

Project Title

Dennison, Dr. Jean Marie, U. of Washington, Seattle, WA - To aid research on 'Accountability Nation: Building a 21st Century Osage Government'

Preliminary abstract: Accountability is increasingly cited across the globe as the cornerstone for good administration, but more research is needed into exactly what these accountability practices create, shift, and hide. The current Osage Nation government provides the ideal space for understanding the impact of this push for accountability. In the ten years since the passage of the 2006 Osage Constitution there has been a proliferation of oversight bodies within the Nation, which often perform overlapping duties, including executive appointees, divisional leaders, congressional committees, strategic planning compliance officers, independent oversight boards, an HR department, and multiple Facebook pages. All of these groups assert that their primary function is to hold governmental programs accountable to the will of the Osage people. Furthermore, under the current Osage administration there is a constant obsession over how Osage monies are spent, whether or not Osage employees are doing their job, and how the Osage government will ensure a strong future for the Nation. This research will use grounded ethnographic and archival methods to study various accountability practices as they manifest during the 2017 and 2018 Osage budgeting processes. This investigation of Osage governance will contribute to a growing body of scholarship that seeks to understand how bureaucracy, administration, and governance are shifting in the 21st century. In particular, this research will contribute to creating a more nuanced and grounded understanding of both accountability practices and American Indian governance today.