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March 10, 2014

Standing Bear and Gray win most votes in Principal Chief's race; Red Corn and Proctor win most votes in Assistant Principal Chief's race; The four candidates names will appear on the June 2 general election ballot

One hour after the polling place closed, the Osage Nation Election Office announced the results of the 2014 primary election for the Executive Branch’s top two offices.

The top two vote recipients in each respective race will advance to the June 2 general election for the voters’ consideration.

In complete but unofficial results, Principal Chief candidates Geoffrey Standing Bear and Margo Gray won the most votes in that race. Standing Bear received 1,080 votes or 60.47 percent. Gray received 359 votes or 20.10 percent.

March 7, 2014

Early voting to take place at ON Election Office March 7-8

For the first time Osages can vote early before the official Election Day of an Osage election.

Early voting is available for the Osage Nation Primary Election on March 7-8 at the Osage Nation Election Office, located at 608 Kihekah in downtown Pawhuska.

February 25, 2014

Community members accuse Geoffrey Standing Bear of not hearing their needs for a grocery store

Mary Jo Webb, Grayhorse elder and a founder of the 2006 Osage Constitution, is not supporting Geoffrey Standing Bear for chief.

She is supporting Margo Gray, but not for accusations made in a recent letter distributed by Gray’s supporters. The letter, written by Dr. Joe Conner of Fairfax, accuses Standing Bear of breaking promises to the Grayhorse community by failing to hear or consider a proposal brought forth by community members to the Third Osage Nation Congress for a community grocery store.

February 12, 2014

Voting on Election Day will take place at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center

The Osage Nation Election Board voted to approve the 2014 primary election ballot on Jan. 22 once the order of candidate names was determined.

February 5, 2014

Issues discussed included the Osage LLC, the human resources department, qualities and skills they possess, the most pressing issue for the Nation and the Osage Minerals Council

The three candidates for Osage Nation Principal Chief took questions from Osage constituents on Feb. 1 during the Osage News Election Debates for the primary election candidates. They responded by sharing snippets of personal and professional experiences to discuss why they are the best candidate for the top Executive Branch position.

Thomas Boone, Margo Gray and Geoffrey Standing Bear’s names will appear on the March 10 primary election ballot and the two candidates who earn the highest number of votes will appear on the June 2 general election ballot.

January 8, 2014

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Today Jan. 8 is the filing deadline for Osages interested in running for office of Principal Chief or Assistant Principal Chief.

Interested Osages have until 4:30 p.m. to file candidacy papers and pay filing fees with the Osage Nation Election Office at 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.

January 8, 2014

Osage News will host a debate for the Primary Election candidates on Feb. 1 at the Hominy Co-Op building; Debate will be live streamed

Nine candidates have filed for the Osage Nation’s first Primary Election, set for March 10.

The four Osages running for Principal Chief are Osage Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear, Margo Gray, Principal Chief John Red Eagle and Tom Boone.

December 19, 2013

Candidates for the office of the Chiefs have until Jan. 6 to file their candidacies

Four candidates have filed as of Dec. 18 for the Nation’s first Primary Election.

Candidates have until Jan. 6 to file for the Offices of Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief. The Primary Election will be held on March 10 and the winners will advance to the Osage General Election on June 2.

November 15, 2013

Vote for a removal trial is a first for the Osage government; Trial date yet to be set

The Third Osage Nation Congress voted unanimously for a removal trial of Principal Chief John Red Eagle on Nov. 15.

The 12-0 vote is a first in the history of the reformed tribal government.

September 26, 2013

The Osage News candidate debates for the chiefs will be held at the Hominy Co-op building Feb. 1-2

August 2, 2013

Relationship between the Osage and people of Montauban stems back 185 years

The Osage Nation and the people of Montauban, France, celebrated the dedication of a monument to honor the connection between the two people that goes back 185 years.

June 12, 2013

The study will be conducted over the next four years and will cost approximately $3.1 million

A four-year water resource study on Osage lands by U.S. Geological Survey was signed May 21 by Principal Chief John Red Eagle.

“This is an important study which will help establish water conservation and responsible water planning in the Osage,” Red Eagle said.

USGS scientists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution aerial geophysical survey of the area to study the rock layers and water quality in the Osage, said David Mott, director of the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center.

March 25, 2013

The next meeting of the ON Water Rights Task Force is scheduled for March 28, 3:30 p.m. in the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers

State Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick issued a letter to the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee March 13, threatening legal action if the committee did not amend the Code of Federal Regulations to recognize Oklahoma law regarding water rights.

March 13, 2013

The Water Rights Task Force meets March 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Osage Congressional Chambers

A Water Rights Task Force made up of members from the Osage Congress, the Chief’s Office and employees of the Nation is working on developing a water plan for the Nation.

February 15, 2013

Schwarzkopf, the U.S. commander who led and captivated the country during Desert Storm, was also an honorary Osage chief and given the name Tzi-Zho Ki-He-Kah

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who died at his home in Tampa at the age of 78 on Dec. 27, 2012, was famous during the early 90’s for his leadership during Operation Desert Storm.

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.

May 4, 2012

Congress considers bill in wake of Executive Branch directives forbidding communication with the legislative body; Bill originally considered banishment as a penalty

There will now be a penalty for government officials who limit communications for employees between branches.

ONCA 12-64, filed by Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear, adds a $5,000 penalty to the 2009 law titled the: “Speak what’s on Your Mind Act.” The bill is a response to two April 5 Executive Branch memorandums directing Osage Nation employees not to speak to the ON Congress.

March 27, 2012

LLC board and staff to deliver annual report on April 11

The Osage Limited Liability Company survived a Congressional bill vote aimed at dissolving the entity during the March 23 Osage Nation Congressional session.

Amid concerns from some Congress members over the LLC’s reported money loses and number of Osages currently hired under the entity’s structure, the Nation’s economic development entity will continue operating, but its status and performance will be revisited next month. The LLC is slated to present an annual report to ON government officials with a Congressional meeting set for April 11.

March 20, 2012

Congressman Standing Bear cites LLC money losses and number of hired Osage employees among reasons for filing bill ONCA 12-29; Congress votes to send ONCA 12-29 to General Order

A legislative bill filed by Osage Nation Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear seeks to dissolve the Osage Limited Liability Company over concerns the LLC has lost “millions of dollars” and has only three Osage employees since its 2008 launch.

Standing Bear introduced the bill, ONCA 12-29, on Day One of the 2012 Hun-Kah Congressional Session March 19. After discussion, the 10 Congress members present voted to advance the bill to General Order for further Congressional consideration.

February 17, 2012

Congressional appropriations committee schedules meeting to consider next moves regarding the Nation’s finances after Kemble resigns as Treasurer

In wake of William Kemble’s resignation as Osage Nation Treasurer, the Second ON Congress ended its 15th Special Session investigation to determine whether Kemble should face a removal trial.

Principal Chief John Red Eagle has also formally accepted Kemble’s resignation and announced that ON Comptroller Michael Lewis will serve as interim treasurer. Kemble issued his written resignation on Feb. 8 addressed to Congress, Chief Red Eagle and the Osage Minerals Council.

February 9, 2012

Kemble lists completed objectives in resignation letter; leaves office in middle of Special Congressional Session called to investigate whether he should face a removal trial

Osage Nation Treasurer William Kemble resigned from office effective Feb. 9. The announcement comes in the middle of the 15th Special Congressional Session, which was called for investigating whether 11 allegations made against Kemble warrant a removal trial.

January 24, 2012

Special election to be held Aug. 13; four Osage Minerals Estate-related questions will be on special election ballot

During the 14th Special Session, the Second Osage Nation Congress passed a resolution calling for a special election to be held Aug. 13. The special election date follows the recommendation of the ON Election Board, which decided on the Aug. 13 election during its Jan. 18 meeting.

There are six expiring Congressional terms up for grabs, so the June 4 ballot will contain names of those candidates seeking office and will also contain questions on seven proposed Constitutional amendments unrelated to the Minerals Estate.

January 18, 2012

Osage Supreme Court Chief Justice selects committee members who will investigate allegations of whether Treasurer William Kemble should be removed from office

Osage Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Lohah has selected five ON Congress members to serve on a Select Committee of Inquiry to investigate allegations of whether Treasurer William Kemble should be removed from his post.

In a letter received by the Congressional office Jan. 13, Lohah announces his appointments but stated he had reservations in doing so due to the separation of powers provisions in the Osage Constitution.

January 6, 2012

More than half of abused and neglected children served by CASA volunteers in Osage County are Osage

Rhonda Kohnle is full of stories. But her stories are not the kind most people want to hear.

They are of abused and neglected children, lost in the court system of Osage County and the bureaucracy of the Department of Human Services. She has stories of countless trips to schools, homes, searching for integral information to make sure a child is safe.