Politics

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 […]


Several incumbents face challengers in 2014 elections

Several incumbents in Osage County elected offices, from the chief judge to two county commissioners, are opposed in upcoming elections. District Court Judge M. John Kane, who has been on the bench since then Gov. Brad Henry appointed him in 2005, drew an opponent in Phil Best, a Skiatook attorney. Associate District Court Judge B. […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


Hearing set for wind farm

TradeWind Energy, the second wind farm to set its sights on Osage County, has filed an application for a conditional use permit that will be the subject of a public hearing. The application was filed Thursday at the Osage County Planning Commission and will be heard by the Board of Adjustment at the Osage County […]


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 […]


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 […]


Bill targets Osage oil and gas

A bill authored by State Rep. Sean Roberts of Hominy has left some Osages aghast at its simple audacity: It proposes giving the Corporation Commission exclusive jurisdiction over all oil and gas activities in every county of the state, “regardless of the status of the mineral rights.” The bill has only one possible target: Osage […]


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 […]


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 […]


Red Eagle ousted

Red Eagle ousted

PAWHUSKA — As of Tuesday morning, John D. Red Eagle is no longer principal chief of the Osage Nation. After the tribal Congress delivered its largely unanimous verdict, Red Eagle exited the chambers surrounded by supporters, some of whom made hostile comments and tried to block television cameras from filing the chief’s departure. Earlier, before […]


Filing period opens Monday for Pawhuska City Council

Those who want to be a part of Pawhuska’s leadership will have the opportunity to run for the City Ccouncil at-large seat starting Monday, when candidates can file for election. The filing period for the at-large seat is from Monday, Jan. 13, at 8 a.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. The primary will […]


Drummond strikes deal in trooper assault case

A local rancher will spend his weekends in jail as part of a deal struck in an assault case involving a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. On Dec. 27, the Osage County District Attorney Rex Duncan and Tulsa-based defense attorney Gentner Drummond announced at a pre-trial conference that the two sides had reached a […]


2013: A look back

2013: A look back

Happy New Year and may 2014 be perpetually happy. Here is a look back at the stories we wrote about in 2013. January 3 The body of Timothy Hauser, 62, is found in a briar patch. He has been missing since leaving the Bartlesville casino early Aug. 9 and the discovery of the body leads […]


Three file for chief’s job, including Red Eagle, who faces removal trial

Three file for chief's job, including Red Eagle, who faces removal trial

It is now open filing season for Osage Nation executive branch candidates. As of Friday afternoon, three candidates have filed for principal chief and one has filed assistant chief. Despite facing a removal trial in January, Principal Chief John Red Eagle filed for re-election Dec. 18. If Red Eagle is found guilty of any of […]


Chief Red Eagle battles on in Supreme Court

The battle between Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle and the Congress that is seeking to remove him from office is being waged in the tribe’s Supreme Court, where Red Eagle is asking that the entire process be stopped and declared not only unconstitutional but out of synch with “the fundamental values the Osage […]


Wind companies won’t face punishment for killed, injured eagles

Admitting that it has no clear idea how to reduce eagle deaths at wind farms, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday bowed to pressure from the wind-energy lobby and issued a new rule that will allow wind companies to kill and injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without fear […]


Congress votes 12-0 for Chief’s removal trial

Congress votes 12-0 for Chief's removal trial

The Osage Nation Congress, with little discussion, voted unanimously on Friday to hold a trial to remove Chief John Red Eagle from office. Congressman Archie Mason, saying he had malice toward no one but that the Osage people both expected and deserved oversight of their elected leaders,  made and introduced the motion for removal. His […]


Chief sues to stop inquiry

Chief sues to stop inquiry

Osage Nation Chief John Red Eagle fired back at the tribal Congress on Friday, filing suit to have the nation’s court declared unconstitutional, the very legislative process that could result in his removal from the tribe’s highest office. In the petition filed in the Osage Supreme Court, Red Eagle says he has “suffered particularized injury, […]