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January 15, 2013

Rhonda Loftin will be acting superintendent while Melissa Currey is out for 120 days

The BIA Osage Agency has a new acting superintendent and no one is saying why, on the record.

Rhonda Loftin will be filling in for Osage Agency Superintendent Melissa Currey while she is out of the office for 120 days.

November 27, 2012

BIA says 2012’s summit auction sales amount is one of lowest; OMC Chairman notes companies who previously bought leases are busy with those obligations

TULSA, Okla. – This year’s Osage Oil and Gas Summit’s annual lease auction raised $14,200 with three land tracts selling close to the minimum bid amounts for oil and gas production. The total is one of the lowest amounts raised during the auctions geared at leasing land tracts and offering a bonus to the quarterly shareholder payments.

July 30, 2012

Election Board seeking AG opinion on Minerals Council campaign activities; Polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day

Osages are sounding off on the four proposed Constitutional amendments, which will be up for vote in the Aug. 13 Special Election.

January 9, 2012

Wind Capital Group seeking $9,241 in legal fees for trial; Hearing set for Jan. 31

An appeal is on the horizon to keep a proposed 94-turbine wind farm out of Osage County, which the Nation argues will harm the Minerals Estate.

Last month a federal judge ruled against the Osage Nation in U.S. District Court, which filed suit through the Minerals Council, to stop the project to be built by Wind Capital Group on approximately 8,500 acres near Burbank.

December 16, 2011

Judge denies injunction request against Wind Capital Group; Judge says ‘case is built on speculative concern’

Wind farms are on the horizon.

A federal judge declined the Osage Nation’s request to stop a proposed wind farm from construction in western Osage County, stating the tribe failed to prove it would be harmed by the project.

December 15, 2011

Both Osage and Wind Capital Group say their stakeholders will lose money if federal judge rules against either side

TULSA, Okla. – There is much at stake in the legal battle between the Osage Nation and wind farm developer Wind Capital Group.

Day one of the wind farm trial wrapped in the U.S. District Court in downtown Tulsa, with testimony coming from both the Osage Nation and Wind Capital. Both testified their stakeholders stand to lose substantial amounts of money regarding the 94-turbine project being challenged by the Nation.

November 16, 2011

Over 100 land tract leases sold to highest energy company bidders; One 18-month lease sold for a record $100,000

TULSA, Okla. – A bonus of approximately $1.7 million was raised at the oil and gas lease sales auction held during the annual Osage Oil and Gas Summit on Nov. 9.

The $1.7 million figure is nearly double the $864,940 raised during the 2010 auction. This year’s auction is the 13th one for the tribe attended by representatives from various oil and gas company representatives at Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency hotel. The Osage Minerals Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs oversaw the auction, which featured 160-acre tracts of land available for oil and/or gas mining.

November 16, 2011

Entities have come calling after news of Osage Trust Case Settlement spreads

Some Osages were surprised when they received a letter in the mail from a car dealership with an exclusive offer for down payment assistance Nov. 14.

The mailing came from Barry Sanders Supercenter in Stillwater and offered “special discounts” to Osage tribal members for a limited time. The letter said Osages need not worry about poor credit scores because, “funds have been allocated specifically for this event.”

October 21, 2011

Osage delegation attends signing ceremony of Osage Trust Case settlement at the Department of Interior headquarters

WASHINGTON – The Osage Trust Team sat down with U.S. Department of Interior officials Oct. 21 and signed the $380 million settlement agreement for decades of mismanagement of the Osage Minerals Estate.

The signing of the settlement closes the litigation chapter involving the mismanagement of the Osage minerals estate and opens a new one, filled of prosperity and new relations with the U.S. Government, said Osage Minerals Council Chairman Galen Crum.

October 5, 2011

Osage Trust Case endured through three Osage administrations

Former Osage Principal Chief Charles Tillman knew something was wrong when the Bureau of Indian Affairs was missing 67 percent of the documentation on the Osage Minerals Estate from the 1972 to 1992 accounting period.

September 26, 2011

Osage Minerals Council approves $100,000 for litigation against project; BIA recommends sending project proposals, agreements for agency review

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering court action to halt construction of a 94-turbine wind farm in western Osage County if the parties involved cannot prove its operations will not interfere with the Osage Minerals Estate.

August 12, 2011

Osage Nation remains opposed, ‘disappointed’; legal action being considered

The Osage County Board of Adjustment unanimously voted in favor for a Missouri-based wind farm company to build 94 wind turbines in western Osage County near Burbank. Construction on the project could start this fall and would be finished in about one year.

Amid concerns shared by an Osage Nation official and discussion surrounding the communication between St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group and the Nation, the board voted 4-0 to approve a zoning variance for the land originally designated for agricultural use.

June 15, 2011

Chief Red Eagle issues a statement that Wind farms would not be in the best interest for the Osage Reservation

The Osage Nation, largely left out of discussions regarding commercial wind farms planned west of Pawhuska, is taking a stand against them.

April 21, 2011

Yelling and threats from meeting attendees heard on recording of OMC meeting

The Osage Minerals Council voted to rescind a resolution that would have sent $50,000 to the plaintiffs in the Jech vs. United States lawsuit April 20.

The OMC voted to help fund the lawsuit last year but due to some second thoughts by Councilmen Melvin Core and Myron Red Eagle, the check was never sent. Since that time Chief John Red Eagle said he would not support the case or help fund it, members of the Osage Congress brought attention to the account the money was to come from and asked for an audit, and on March 31 the case was dismissed.

March 11, 2011

Relations between OMC and Chief’s Office becoming strained after recent draft of MOU from the chief

The Osage Minerals Council might not be sending $50,000 to the plaintiffs in the Jech vs. United States case after all.

The case was recently recommended by a federal judge to be dismissed and at the March 10 OMC meeting it was revealed that the OMC never sent the money they promised to the plaintiffs in the case, which had some Osage shareholders upset.

January 7, 2011

Damages awarded could reach an estimated $310 million

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled in favor of the Osages again.

December 2, 2010

Many Osage trust beneficiaries excluded from Cobell settlement

The historic Cobell case is coming to a close as the $3.4 billion settlement, approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, marks the end of a 14-year battle to obtain justice for more than 500,000 Native Americans whose Indian trust accounts were mismanaged by the Department of the Interior.

September 30, 2010

The Osage Mineral’s Council passed a resolution Sept. 29 to give a donation in the amount of $50,000 to support a lawsuit that could abolish the Osage Constitution.

August 10, 2010

The Osage Minerals Council has selected three members to be the OMC’s representation on the Nation’s five-member Trust Team

The Osage Minerals Council has selected three members to be the OMC’s representation on the Nation’s five-member Trust Team. The trust team is made up of three OMC members, the principal chief and the speaker of the congress.

Dudley Whitehorn, Galen Crum and Cynthia Boone were unanimously voted in by the eight-member OMC July 21, and Whitehorn was voted to be the trust team chairman. They will join Principal Chief John Red Eagle and Speaker of the Congress Jerri Jean Branstetter.

July 8, 2010
If elected, ‘we’ve got to put in some long hours’
July 7, 2010
ON judges, Congress members and Minerals Council members to be sworn in July 7
June 10, 2010
July 19 runoff election set for Principal Chief, Assistant Principal Chief candidates. Those seeking a recount have until 3:35 p.m. Saturday to make request
April 27, 2010
Osage Shareholder’s Association President Galen Crum said is not affiliated with OSA
April 13, 2010
Crum: “As a Council member I hope to enhance mineral income, specifically by ensuring we are paid properly for production.”