Osage Nation

Osage Congress earmarks almost $300K that will improve railroad right of way, village

Despite allocation requests for the Hun-Kah session exceeding the amount of available funds by more than $2 million, the Osage Nation Congress approved multiple appropriations bills during the session’s second week. Among the funding recipients is the Pawhuska Indian Village. Osage Nation Congress unanimously approved a $200,000 allocation to the tribe’s development and land acquisition […]


Permit for TradeWind’s Mustang Run project tabled

Permit for TradeWind’s Mustang Run project tabled

A public hearing on a proposed wind farm did not go smoothly for TradeWind Energy on Thursday, when the Osage County Board of Adjustment tabled the matter for a month after hearing a litany of criticism about the project’s location. The Board was also served with a petition by Osage Nation attorneys at Akin Gump […]


Ballot order set for Osage elections

The ballot order is now set for the June 2 Osage general election. Officials with the Osage Nation Election Board conducted a random drawing Tuesday morning at the Wah-Zha-Zhi cultural center in Pawhuska to determine the order. The candidates will be listed on the ballot in the following order: Principal Chief 1. Margo Gray 2. […]


Three Osage candidates fined for campaign finance violations

Three Osage Nation executive branch candidates have been hit with fines for missing the March 25 campaign finance reporting deadline. Principal Chief candidate Margo Gray, who finished second in the March primary, was among the candidates who submitted a tardy finance report. She has since turned in the necessary documents and certified compliant by the […]


Osage County Health Department offers Prenatal Class

The Osage County Health Department will offer a new prenatal class on the third Friday of each month at 3:30 pm. The first class will be held Friday, April 18, at the Health Department at 1115 E. 15th Street in Pawhuska. One of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s flagship issues is reducing infant mortality.  […]


Osage ballet fundraiser set for April 25

The Osage Ballet will a fundraiser on April 25, from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa. In addition to an art auction, the fundraiser will feature a fashion show inspired by Native American clothing by designer Wendy Ponca of Fairfax. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will […]


Man pleads to mail fraud in case involving car titles laundered through Osage Nation

Former Pawhuska resident William “B.J.” Smith changed his plea Tuesday morning in connection to a luxury car theft ring that involved more than 125 vehicles purchased across four states. After initially pleading not guilty last year, Smith pleaded guilty to six counts Tuesday before Judge Catherine Perry in the Eastern District of Missouri. Among the […]


Osage Congress weighs term limits, banishment of non-natives

With 24 bills and four resolutions to consider, the Osage Nation Congress is back in session month. The first of two annual regular Congressional sessions, the Hun-Kah session began Monday morning and is scheduled to run through April 28. The session may be extended by up to three days if necessary. Among the items up […]


21 File for Osage Nation Congress

The filing period for potential members of the fourth Osage Nation Congress closed Monday afternoon. Pending certification by the Osage Nation Election Board, 21 candidates have submitted paperwork to run for the six seats on the June 2 general election ballot. Listed in chronological order by when they filed for office, the candidates include: Alice […]


Coaching to a national title

Coaching to a national title

Pawhuska High School’s loss is Highland Community College’s gain. Three years ago, Pawhuska native B.J. Smith applied for a head coaching position at his alma mater. He was passed over for another candidate and instead headed north to Highland Community College in Highland, Kan., about 75 minutes northwest of Kansas City. Since taking over the […]


Minerals Council recommends Phillips for Agency head

The Osage Minerals Council has picked its preferred candidate to head up the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ local office. After discussing the matter in executive session Friday, the Osage Minerals Council voted 7-0 to formally recommend Robin Phillips to be the next permanent superintendent of the Osage Agency. Councilor Cynthia Boone did not attend Friday’s […]


Roberts sends bill back to committee

Osage Nation Chief Scott Bighorse says that State Rep. Sean Roberts has pulled a controversial bill that would have given the Corporation Commission exclusive jurisdiction over all oil and gas activity in Osage County – the only county in the state where such activities are regulated by the federal government. Experts considered the bill moot […]


Government agrees to release royalty records in Fletcher case

Trust accounting records will be made available as part of federal mismanagement case involving thousands of Osage headright owners, although it is still undetermined just how many records will be released and what time span they will cover. During Thursday morning’s hearing in Fletcher vs. United States, attorneys for the federal government offered to provide […]


Minerals, Congress filing begins Friday

Starting Friday, tribal citizens interested in running for a seat in the Osage Nation Congress or the Third Osage Minerals Council may declare their candidacy for office. The filing period for the six Congressional seats and eight Minerals Council positions up for grabs closes March 31. The elections are scheduled for June 2 with inauguration […]


Brisk casino business means early payoff

The Osage Nation may be able to put a multi-million dollar loan behind it this year if business stays brisk at its two newest casinos. Principal Chief Scott BigHorse announced Tuesday morning before an overflow crowd during his State of Nation address at the Osage Congressional Chambers that the $27.1 million bank loan taken out […]


StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

Less than 90 minutes after the polls closed Monday night, the unofficial results were in for the Osage Nation’s first primary election for its executive branch offices. With Geoffrey StandingBear receiving more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the principal chief’s race, only 12 ballots separated the second and third place finishers. Despite […]


Two Osage candidates facing fines

Two assistant principal chief candidates are facing fines for tardy paperwork. The Osage Nation Election Office confirmed Tuesday morning that Amanda Proctor and Randolph Crawford have each been fined $500 for not filing their first campaign finance reports on time. Candidates are required to file an initial campaign finance report between 15 and 20 days […]


Who Dat hiding at the Osage County Courthouse?

Who Dat hiding at the Osage County Courthouse?

    In the pediment of the Osage County Courthouse, one thing is obvious: A large piece of metal trim was blown loose last week, prompting officials to put up yellow barrier tape across the stairs and front door. Not so obvious is the reason repairs could be long in coming: A pair of Great […]


Four plead not guilty in Pawhuska Village case

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board are pleading not guilty to misusing several thousand dollars in tribal funds. Kenneth “KC” Bills, Theodore Brunt, Joe Don Mashunkashey and Frank Redcorn all entered their pleas during their brief initial tribal court appearance Thursday morning in Pawhuska. The complaints against the four stem from […]


Accusations start in chief’s race

One community’s limited access to fresh produce has become a sticking point in this year’s race for Osage principal chief. Titled “Mr. Standingbear does not deserve your vote,” the open letter from Grayhorse District Osages asks voters to support Margo Gray for principal chief while taking aim at Geoffrey StandingBear’s campaign due to his role […]


Osage candidates debate in Hominy

Despite frigid temperatures, more than 70 people packed into the Hominy Co-op Building Saturday evening to hear from the eight candidates running for principal chief and assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation. Hosted by the Osage News and moderated by the Tulsa chapter of the League of Women Voters, Saturday night’s debates Each candidate […]


Judge grants class-action status in Fletcher case

A federal lawsuit over the federal government’s responsibilities to Osage Nation headright owners has been granted class action status. On Friday, Tulsa-based federal judge Gregory K. Frizzell certified the class action status for the roughly 4,000 plaintiffs in Fletcher vs. United States. Initially filed in 2002, the lawsuit alleges that the federal government mismanaged Osage […]


Osage Nation charges four of the Five-Man Board

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board are now facing legal action from the tribe. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Attorney General’s office filed criminal complaints in tribal court against Kenneth “KC” Bills, Theodore Brunt, Joe Don Mashunkashey and Frank Redcorn for misusing public money. The complaints stem from the results of […]


Hand game for Wattie Wildcat

Hand game for Wattie Wildcat