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Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Cop canned because of fatal hit and run

An Osage Nation police officer involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier this month does not work for the tribe anymore. On Thursday, Osage Nation Attorney General Holli Wells issued a statement announcing that Corey Stewart’s employment with the tribe was terminated due his involvement in a May 1 hit-and-run accident in Tulsa. The announcement came […]


Another pleas out in Reyes shooting

Kristen Ramey, one of four people accused of felonies in a Pawhuska shooting, became the second defendant to agree to a plea deal in which the charges against her were vastly reduced. In March, Ramey was charged with being an accessory to shooting with intent to kill in the January shooting of Reginald Reyes on […]


After sentencing, rustler dies

A Ralston man facing jail time for cattle rustling and dumping medical waste into the Arkansas River died Sunday in Oklahoma City. Twenty-seven year old Garrett Gibson was pronounced dead at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Citing HIPAA, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections declined to elaborate on how Gibson died other […]


Powerless after the storm

Powerless after the storm

Judy Young is the first to admit that her back yard in Pawhuska is “a jungle.” “I guarantee you it’s grown up back there,” she said Monday, taking a break on a porch swing under a mulberry tree at her home on 10th Street. There’s a reason, she says: She has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, […]


Oilmen’s input with BIA is slight

Producers are still digesting the federal policy changes coming to the Osage oil patch, but with a bad taste in their mouths. On May 11, the Bureau of Indian Affairs released its revisions to 25 Code of Federal Regulations part 226, which spells out the policies for leasing Osage County land to use for oil […]


County inaction slows HUD funds

A few months ago, the Osage Nation asked the County Commissioners for a standard tax exemption that comes with Native American housing developments funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On the advice of their lawyer, District Attorney Rex Duncan, the commissioners refused to grant the Osage request […]


Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Barnsdall Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Pawhuska Graduation 2015 (photo gallery)

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Head Start Graduation and Little Olympics!

Feds destroyed evidence

Feds destroyed evidence

A Veterans Affairs clinic in Tulsa destroyed video after a defense lawyer had repeatedly requested the tape, prompting the attorney to accuse the agency of bad faith and maltreatment of his client, a veteran of the Women Army Corps who oversaw training schools early on in the Vietnam War. “The Government clearly was on notice, […]


BIA issues new rules

After months of meetings and more than 500 public comments, the new rules for Osage County producers are now out in the public eye. On Monday, the Bureau of Indian Affairs released its revisions to 25 Code of Federal Regulations part 226, which spells out the policies for leasing Osage County land to use for […]


Courts in budget nightmare

Courts in budget nightmare

The wheels of justice often turn slowly, but in Osage County they might grind to a halt next month. The District Court, frankly, is teetering on the brink of being flat broke. “Unless the Legislature does something, we’re not going to make it through June,” District Court Judge M. John Kane said Monday. “I think […]


After a rejection, no-contest plea accepted in sex case

Charles Tatum, an Avant man of diminished mental capacity who was accused of sexually abusing a young child, entered a plea of no contest to the charge on Monday. In February, Tatum had entered a guilty plea that was rejected by District Court Judge M. John Kane because Tatum said he had no recollection of […]


Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

Cop says he took Oxycodone after fatal hit and run

  The Osage Nation police officer who fatally hit a pedestrian then left the scene of the accident on May 1 in Tulsa told police he took oxycodone after the wreck, according to the accident report filed Tuesday in Tulsa. The report also says that Corey Stewart, 26,  “concealed” his damaged undercover police truck under […]


May 14, 2015 E-Edition

May 14, 2015 E-Edition

The Bigheart Times e-edition is exactly like the printed paper, you can even flip the pages like a real newspaper, but it’s online. Don’t wait for the printing press or mailman anymore. Get the Bigheart Times bright and early on your computer or mobile device. We recommend the e-editions for desktop users, and our main […]


Felony case fizzles

A young man initially charged with a felony that threatened up to 45 years in prison saw the charge vastly reduced last week, when he and the district attorney’s office agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor obstruction and to a deferred two-year sentence and unsupervised probation. From the outset, the charge of accessory to […]


‘Real Scrappers’

'Real Scrappers'

As the 2015 baseball season came to a close, Coach Patrick McCarty reflected on the year, commenting that the team greatly improved from the beginning of the season to the end. “I am proud of how they played all year,” he said. “They are a good bunch guys and are all real scrappers.” Coach McCarty’s […]


May 7, 2015 E-Edition

May 7, 2015 E-Edition

The Bigheart Times e-edition is exactly like the printed paper, you can even flip the pages like a real newspaper, but it’s online. Don’t wait for the printing press or mailman anymore. Get the Bigheart Times bright and early on your computer or mobile device. We recommend the e-editions for desktop users, and our main […]


ONPD cop kills man, leaves

ONPD cop kills man, leaves

An Osage Nation police officer who formerly worked for the Skiatook Police Department fatally wounded a man with his patrol pickup truck in Tulsa on Friday night. Officer Corey Blake Stewart, 26, was off-duty when he hit Shawn Rex Watashe, 55, near 73rd East Avenue and  East Admiral Place around 9:30 p.m. According to law […]


6+ Felonies net no jail time

Pearson Leon O’Neal, a Skiatook businessman and one-time city council candidate who faced more than a half-dozen felony charges ranging from endeavoring to cultivate of marijuana to cruelty to animals, struck a bargain with prosecutors on Wednesday and received a five-year suspended sentence. O’Neal, 52, had been charged with a flurry of felonies in a […]


Tribal structure changes afoot

With the Osage Nation Congress adopting three bills Friday afternoon by razor-thin margins, an overhaul for several Osage Nation departments is on the horizon. Touting a projected savings of more than $250,000 to the tribe, three bills would reorganize several divisions currently under the Executive Branch’s purview, including Governmental Operations; Child, Family and Senior Community […]


Graduate of Iwo Jima

Graduate of Iwo Jima

In 1942, Bill Larkin was 16, a farm boy and an athlete at Skiatook High School who played football, basketball and baseball. When his basketball coach, Pat Dunlap, left before the season ended because he could get a commission in the armed forces fighting in World War II, change started rolling into Larkin’s life. He […]


DA takes case to Supremes

District Attorney Rex Duncan is continuing his quest to thwart two administrative orders that would create a drug court in Pawnee County and to hire a bailiff for a judge by taking the matter to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In an appeal filed Monday, Duncan says that the two orders signed by Associate District Court […]