Osage Nation

DOC releasing convicts early

Oklahoma Watch Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch. The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, […]


US: Remove them

US: Remove them

With evident annoyance, the United States dropped its request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the Osage Wind project east of Pawhuska, saying that since excavation for the turbine bases had “been completed in hurry-up fashion” there would be nothing for the court to address. The government then fired an even stronger volley […]


Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones will be making more appearances in Tulsa’s federal courthouse in the near future. Jones, along with Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Sara Hill, is one of Northern District of Oklahoma’s first participants in the Tribal Special United States Attorney program, which allows for prosecutors to be cross-deputized and pursue […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

Major wind hearing set for Dec. 16

D-Day has been set in the pitched battle in which the federal government is seeking a halt to wind energy construction on the tallgrass prairie. U.S. District Court Judge James H. Payne has scheduled a hearing on the United States’ motion for an injunction to stop Osage Wind and its parent, Enel, from all earth-moving […]


OST seeks advisors

The Special Trustee for American Indians is requesting candidate nominations for individuals to serve on the Special Trustee Advisory Board. The board’s purpose, as defined in the 1994 American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act, is to provide advice to the Special Trustee on all matters associated with the trust responsibilities overseen by the office. […]


Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

The Osage Nation is bringing the wind farm fight to a new jurisdiction – its own. On Monday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Jones filed a petition in Osage Nation’s civil court for an injunction on behalf of the tribe against Osage Wind, Enel Wind and Enel Green Power North America in an effort to halt […]


Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel’s Osage Wind project

Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel's Osage Wind project

The United States is asking to withdraw its request for an injunction to stop the construction of the Osage Wind project because the wind company claims it has already dug all of the pits to install turbines. In addition, the United States struck back at Osage WInd and its owners, ultimately the Italian utility Enel, […]


County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

The Osage County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday night to appeal a judge’s ruling that ordered it to approve a conditional use permit for the Mustang Run wind project, effectively throwing that development into what could in an untenably long delay for developers. The board met in executive session for about an hour with […]


Some weep as turbines rise

For three generations, Ford Drummond’s family has been ranching in the Osage. On Monday, as he often does, Drummond headed west out of Pawhuska on U.S. 60 to that magical spot west of Timber Hill, at the crest of a hill dominated by a rural water tower, a place from which one can behold tens […]


Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

As part of an emergency session, the Fourth Osage Congress passed legislation Monday that could potentially move the tribe’s fight against wind farm companies into yet another courthouse. With most of its wording pulled directly from the Osage Constitution, ONCA 15-09 extends the tribe’s civil jurisdiction to all activities and people within the tribe’s territory, […]


United States seeks order to stop wind farm construction

The United States Department of Justice filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Tulsa accusing the companies building the wind farm west of of Pawhuska of illegally mining minerals owned by the Osage Nation. In the complaint, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams and the U.S. Department of Interior are asking that the construction activities be […]


Skiatook mayor resigns

Randy Sien, the mayor of Skiatook, has resigned in the wake of a bout of bad health. In an announcement he made on Facebook, Sien said he will be replaced Nov. 14 at midnight by City Councilor David Sutherland. A few weeks ago, Sien was hospitalized after receiving CPR and said his cholesterol was out […]


5 man board claims tribe lacks power to prosecute

Motions to dismiss criminal charges against four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village were denied Wednesday, but the door remains open for a potential appeal. Attorneys for Joe Don Mashunkashey, Kenneth “K.C.” Bills, Frank Redcorn and Theodore Brunt argued that the Pawhuska Indian Village, along with the villages in Grayhorse and Hominy, are separate […]


BIA report is scathing

BIA report is scathing

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency, where oil leases are tracked on a linen map and where other antiquated practices have run rampant, is in need of “sweeping changes,” according to a scathing evaluation issued last week by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General. Poor management at the agency has led to not only […]


Judge mum on wind ruling

Judge mum on wind ruling

A judge said he has made up his mind how he is going to rule on a wind development’s request to reverse a decision of the Osage County Board of Adjustment, but he gave little hint of what that decision would be at a hearing Thursday. “I’m going to go back home and write out […]


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 […]