Disgruntled Fairfax members push for new grocery store

FAIRFAX, Okla. - Fairfax community members frustrated by what they call a delay in action by Osage Nation leaders showed up Monday to protest at the nation's Pawhuska headquarters.

Some residents are angry leaders have not made the opening of a new grocery store more of a priority. The town's only grocery store was shut down by the Tax Commission a year ago.

Joe Conner and neighbors have come up with a plan to open up a new store that will be governed by community members but operated by a private company.

Conners and about 20 residents -- many of them seniors -- attended the last meeting of this year's legislative session. They held up signs that read 'We Are Tired of Stone Soup' and 'Feed The People' but were not allowed to speak.

Congressman Raymond Red Corn says the community's plan will be considered along with several other proposals that will be heard during a Thursday meeting with the chief.

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