Politics

Wind farm No. 4 in the works

Just as a judge appeared to have opened the door to unfettered wind development in Osage County, a wind company announced it is exploring building a possible fourth development in the southwestern part of the county. Amshore US Wind of Corpus Christi, Texas, made the revelation in a letter to Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing […]


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 […]


A Prairie View

A Prairie View

The “no” vote on a congressional bill that would have expanded the Osage Nation’s jurisdiction to stop the wind turbine construction north of Highway 60 has upset many. Sponsored by Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead, the bill would have expanded the Nation’s legal jurisdiction over the Nation’s former reservation lands in Osage law and enabled the Nation’s […]


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

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 […]


Groceries and more coming to Fairfax

Those who turned out for a town hall meeting in Fairfax on Thursday were united and excited that the Osage Nation is going to invest $3.3 million in the community – $3 million for an Osage child and senior center and $300,000 on capital improvements to reopen the Palace Grocery. The meeting was part of […]


Much PAC spending for GOP candidates

With Election Day less than a week away, candidates beat a trail to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to turn in third quarter financial statements. Election law requires candidates for a state- or county-level office who receive at least $500 in campaign contributions or spend that amount on campaign-related expenses to turn in regular financial disclosure […]


Osage County getting a piece of $6.3 billion in road projects

This year, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation  are continuing their efforts to move forward with an Eight-Year Construction Work Plan that will improve state and U.S. highways, interstates, roads and bridges in Oklahoma. It is the focus of these two organizations to bring together contractors, elected officials and […]


Plat book purchases spark last-minute election accusations

A contractor used by the Osage County Assessor Gail Hedgcoth has prompted her opponent to publish election-eve accusations that  she is “funneling taxpayer money” to her husband and suggestions that she is under investigation for “violating the oath of office.” The allegations by Republican Raymond Leach were printed in political ads in the Hominy New-Progress […]


State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

For voters in State House district No. 36, the ballot will look familiar on Nov. 4. For the second consecutive election, Sean Roberts and Jim Massey will be squaring off to represent Avant, Barnsdall, Fairfax, Hominy, Pawhuska, Skiatook and Wynona in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A resident of Hominy, Roberts first took office in […]


Council approves grant applications

The Pawhuska City Council was scolded Monday for taking no action on an Osage Nation proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue, and in a fairly rare move decided to apply for Communicty Development Block grants to repair the dam and Lake Pawhuska and to build storm shelters at each of the city’s schools. At […]


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 […]


Road idea met with silence

The Pawhuska City Council, with no discussion, let a proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue die after it heard from several residents at a public hearing on Monday. When the public comment period of the hearing wrapped up, councilors said nothing and none of them made a motion to consider the Osage Nation proposal […]


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 […]


Triangle action promised again

The owners of the Triangle Building in Pawhuska said they were going to get cracking on the long-ignored structure on Tuesday, and so they did, sort of: They removed the fence around it that was blocking public sidewalks and moved window frames into the ground floor. Acting City Attorney W. Robert Wilson told the City […]


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 […]


Osage County proposes social media campaign and hires new EM Director

You might spend a lot of time on Facebook, but some companies want to be handsomely paid for posting updates and tweeting on behalf of the Osage County Tourism  Oversight Committtee. On Monday, county commissioners opened bids for OCTOC’s proposed social media campaign. Five companies bid. The lower: Green Country Marketing, which said it would […]


Suit sparks oilfield rule change

Suit sparks oilfield rule change

A federal lawsuit is causing an uproar among many Osages and oil companies, who fear that a judge could order the halt of oil production in the county and thus potentially shut down Osage oil royalty income and cause a tax crisis for public bodies. The case, first filed in Osage County District Court but […]


P-town avenue could be relocated

P-town avenue could be relocated

The Pawhuska City Council will consider re-routing Grandview Avenue from Ninth to 12th streets onto a roundabout that the Osage Nation is building as part of its $27 million re-do of its campus. The council cannot decide whether to approve the plan – which it rejected earlier this year – until the public has been […]


Warrant issued for Pawhuska City Manager

A warrant for the arrest of Pawhuska CIty Manager Paul McAlexander was issued in Osage County District Court on Monday afternoon. McAlexander, who is on vacation in Washington State and not expected back to work until next Tuesday, was formally charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. According to an affidavit by Oklahoma State […]


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 […]