Osage Nation

Oil producers ream BIA ‘vindictiveness’

Oil producers ream BIA 'vindictiveness'

The Osage Producers Association sounded a loud alarm Monday, saying that Osage County’s oil-based economy is starting to belly up and placing the blame squarely on the Bureau of Indian Affairs for “choking out drilling” by forcing those who produce a handful of barrels of oil a day to abide by the same regulations that […]


Minerals council bows up against oil rules

The Third Osage Minerals Council is pushing back against potential changes to the federal policies overseeing drilling in the Osage Minerals Estate. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council adopted a resolution calling for an indefinite moratorium on the approval and implementation of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations as recommended by a negotiated rulemaking committee. […]


Man dies after ONPD tase

An Osage Nation police officer tased a man who was on top of a security guard and pounding him with his fists near the Tulsa casino on Friday night, and the man almost immediately died. Dead is Terry R. Price, 41, of Tulsa, a man with a record of shooting with intent to kill dating […]


Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

A massive fire broke out tonight in the former beauty shop and home of Marvin and Estelle Bridgeford, then spread to the original Bigheart Times printing plant and office, and was threatening the former Knights of Pythias Hall, owned by Ronnie Kelley and which houses several classic cars. When we left, heartbroken and hopeless, the […]


Wind hearing set

Wind hearing set

After two months of legal volleys on paper, U.S. District Court Judge James H. Payne is beckoning lawyers for the Osage Wind project and the federal government into his courtroom. On Monday, Payne set a scheduling conference in the blistering case on Feb. 26 at the federal courthouse in Tulsa, which will set out the […]


Minerals councilors face ethics question

Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones is asking a judge to decided whether tribal laws apply to the Osage Minerals Council, a group that has long averred it is autonomous and doesn’t need to bow to the new constitution. last week, Jones filed an ethics complaint against seven of the eight members of the Minerals […]


Accused killer mentally ill

Accused killer mentally ill

Michael Devin Stanley, the 20-year-old who is facing the death penalty if convicted of murdering his sister, is mentally iill and not currently competent to stand trial, according to a state forensic psychologist. Stanley, who is accused of killing his sister Larisa Fraley in Osage County and great-grandmother Esther Driskell in Tulsa County in January […]


US: Enel is disingenuous

US: Enel is disingenuous

The legal battle that pits the United States against an Italian-owned wind development reached a new pitch on Friday, when the federal government accused Enel subsidiary Osage Wind LLC  of “chicanery” and purposely ignoring federal regulations because it knew the Osage Minerals Council was unfriendly to the project. Osage Wind’s persistent insistence that neither the […]


Reward offered in Wynona rustling case

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier and the Osage County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information on the theft of 12 head of calves that were stolen sometime between Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 and Wed., Nov. 19, 2014. from an Osage County rancher located near Wynona.   According to Perrier, the 12 […]


Osage Congress accepts Transcanada donation

The Osage Congress slogged through 11 pieces of legislation in a 48-hour window during a special session last week. The session, held Wednesday and Thursday, was called at the request of Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and primarily dealt with budget issues and appropriations. “I would only call you into session if I believed I didn’t […]


Enel wants quick decision

Enel wants quick decision

In new filings in U.S. District Court, Osage Wind says that the Bureau of Indian Affairs inspector who reported the wind company was digging turbine pits and crushing rock in mid-December was incorrect. The company also says that the BIA, which the government contents has never received “timely information about turbine placement” at the wind […]


Counselor faces charge

Counselor faces charge

Louis G. Gray, a longtime Osage journalist and political figure who ran for Osage Nation Congress and battled against Native American mascots, was charged last week with felonious sexual battery of a 22-year-old woman who was in his care at the Osage Nation Primary Residential Treatment program. Gray, 61, the former editor of the Native […]


Enel seeks dismissal

Enel seeks dismissal

Osage Wind, the company erecting industrial turbines on the prairie west of Pawhuska, asked a federal judge last week to throw out the lawsuit brought against it by the United States. Two weeks earlier, the United States had asked for a summary judgment against Osage Wind and its parents, Enel Kansas and Enel Green Power, […]


Oil deadlock end in sight

Oil deadlock end in sight

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Osage County oil and gas producers waiting for new environmental assessment policies. Speaking before the Osage Minerals Council Wednesday afternoon, Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency deputy superintendent Jeanine Hale said that she and the agency’s superintendent, Robin Phillips, are working to have the […]


Refinery proposed near Barnsdall

Citing the need for additional information, the Osage Minerals Council declined to take any action Wednesday afternoon on a request to publicly support plans for a potential refinery near Barnsdall. Brought forward by Florence Tranum, the proposed Bigheart Canal refinery north of Barnsdall on OK 123  would create about 30 permanent full-time jobs while processing […]


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 […]