Osage Nation

BIA orders halt to wind

BIA orders halt to wind

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has told Enel Green Power to stop quarrying rocks from the prairie west of Pawhuska or face potential legal action by the Office of the Field Solicitor. The letter, from BIA Osage Agency Superintendent Robin Phillips to Francesco Venturini, the president of Enel Green Power North America in Andover, Mass., […]


BIA wants lawsuit tossed

Multiple motions to dismiss a pending federal lawsuit regarding the Osage Mineral Estate are now on file with the Northern District of Oklahoma. In pleadings submitted Monday and Tuesday, attorneys for more than a dozen oil and gas entities, including Osage Energy Resources; Devon Energy, Clear Mountain Production; Kaiser-Francis Anadarko; Chaparral Energy, and Marco Oil […]


One killed, his cousin hurt, in wreck that has a community grieving

A Pawhuska high school student was killed and his cousin injured Saturday evening on County Road 4301, the road that runs west toward Foraker through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified neither juvenile but friends and family said the accident at 5:45 p.m. claimed the life of Mikey Lynn and injured his […]


BIA walks out on Oil and Gas Summit

A pending federal lawsuit left many attendees at the Osage Minerals Council’s Oil and Gas Summit Wednesday in Tulsa with more unanswered questions than initially expected. According to the Journal Record, Osage Agency superintendent Robin Phillips balked at answering questions from producers and other attendees less than halfway through a scheduled question and answer session […]


Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Wrapping up two days early, the 2014 Tzi-Zho session of the Osage Nation Congress is in the books. After coming into the session facing a multi-million dollar shortfall for the coming fiscal year, Congress whittled division budgets across the board by 6 percent, putting the 2015 operating budget at $43,085,985 in tribal funds. The tribe’s […]


BIA fields wind complaint

Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear filed a complaint with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday, alleging that the company actively building a wind farm west of Pawhuska might be crushing limestone excavated from the area and using it in wind turbine foundations. It is one of the peculiarities of life in Osage County […]


Osages rid selves of Hulah

Osages rid selves of Hulah

The Osage Nation is unloading itself of one Osage County park that has proven to be a financial millstone but is considering taking over operation of another park that might hold the promise of paying for itself. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said Monday that the nation has sent the Army Corps of Engineers a […]


Two wind suits tossed

Two wind suits tossed

A judge on Thursday threw out two of three lawsuits involving proposed wind farms in Osage County, dealing a blow to the Osage Nation’s efforts to stop a forest of industrial turbines from rising over the tallgrass prairie west of Pawhuska. Ottawa County District Court Judge Robert G. Haney, sitting by special assignment, dismissed both […]


Osage school in the offing

Osage school in the offing

Going back to school for Osages could become a very different experience from the usual public school curriculum. Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear has already started working on creating a new school for Osages – and likely non-Osages – by forming a task force to look at establishing a world-class school along the lines of Cascia […]


Like father, like daughter

Like father, like daughter

There is now a second Lohah on the Osage Nation Supreme Court. On Thursday, Elizabeth Homer was sworn in as an interim associate justice of the Osage Nation Supreme Court, making her the second generation in her family to serve on the tribe’s judiciary. Her father, Charles Lohah, was the first Osage Supreme Court chief […]


Smokey Bear celebrates 70

Smokey Bear celebrates 70

The 70th birthday of a cuddly but silent American icon who wears 60-by 30-inch Wrangler jeans was celebrated in Pawhuska and Fairfax on Friday, a day ahead of the real birthday of Smokey Bear. In a dark, humble room that morning, a pair of Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency Wildland firefighters, Rann Tingtella and […]


Logan sworn in at OST

Logan sworn in at OST

Vince Logan, an Osage with roots in Hominy, was sworn in Friday as the Special Trustee for American Indians, a post that has been vacant since 2009. As the fourth trustee in history – and the second Native American in the job – Logan will oversee about $4.4 billion in assets held in trust by […]


New Osage chief lauded

New Osage chief lauded

Prompting a round of applause and a chorus of lulus, Geoffrey Standing Bear was sworn Wednesday morning in as principal chief of the Osage Nation at the tribe’s Ponca City casino. A former assistant chief under the tribe’s previous form of government, Standing Bear served a four-year term in Congress and received more than 70 […]


Wind fight on three fronts

Wind fight on three fronts

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


Eagle suit filed

Last year, Osage County was ground zero in the battle that pits bird conservationists against wind power. Osage Wind, which is bulldozing roads and turbine pads on the prairie 13 miles west of Pawhuska as court battles loom over the legality of its permit to do so, had asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]


Minerals Council sworn in

Minerals Council sworn in

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


Boone banned in June

Boone banned in June

The Osage Minerals Council voted Wednesday to ban one of its own from its offices, but how it will be enforced is anyone’s guess. Citing the need to protect its office staff, the council made the move to block Councilwoman Cynthia Boone from being in the council office under the terms of an anti-hostile workplace […]


Recount results in same totals

Recount results in same totals

All the vote counts add up and the 2014 Osage Nation election is finally in the books. At the request of congressional candidate Cecelia Lemon Tallchief, the Osage Nation Election Board conducted a recount Friday. The recount, which was not open to the public, lasted more than six hours and yielded the same results as […]


Election recount requested

Just like the campaign cycle and election night, the official end of the 2014 Osage Nation election has been extended. On Tuesday, Cecelia Lemon Tallchief formally requested a recount of the general election’s congressional results. Tallchief finished seventh among the 21 candidates for the six open seats in the Fourth Osage Nation Congress, 16 votes […]


Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

  The Osage Nation filed an appeal of the Osage County Board of Adjustment’s decision to deny its request to stop construction of  what the tribe says is an improperly approved industrial wind farm on the prairie west of Pawhuska. The appeal, the second filed against the Board of Adjustment in two weeks, sets in […]


Election wait long and rough

Election wait long and rough

  After months of campaigning and alvery ong night of waiting on delayed results, the 2014 Osage Nation general election is in the history books. According to the unofficial results released Tuesday, departing Osage Congressman and former assistant principal chief Geoffrey Standing Bear received 71.24 percent of the more than 2,200 votes cast, propelling him […]


Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

Pawhuska Junior High to close, alternative school moving

At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Pawhuska school board voted unanimously to shut down the junior high school building, thereby moving the seventh grade to Pawhuska Elementary School and the eighth grade to the high school. The move is expected to save the school district about $100,000 a year at a time when the […]


Osages head to polls Monday to fill offices, vote on Constitutional amendments

Along with a full slate of executive, legislative and Minerals Council candidates, Osage voters will consider six constitutional amendments when they head to the polls Monday. The first proposed change, introduced by William “Kugee” Supernaw, would change the language in article III, section 2 to guarantee that the lineal descendants of the 1906 roll can […]


When two chiefs collide

Of all the parking lots, in all the towns, in all the world, the two candidates for chief of the Osage Nation managed to find themselves colliding their cars together in Pawhuska at high noon on Wednesday. Yep. With just a week and a half before the election, Geoffrey Standing Bear and Margo Gray were […]