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January 3, 2014

High Court rules Chief has been afforded due process, declines to revoke removal process made against him

The Osage Nation Supreme Court denied Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s request for relief in his lawsuit challenging the ON Congressional rules on removal – filed in wake of a Congressional committee investigation and 12-0 vote for his removal trial scheduled Jan. 13.

November 22, 2013

Congress will meet Jan. 13 solely to hold first ever removal trial of an elected Osage official

The removal trial of Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle is scheduled to commence on Jan. 13 with the 11th special Congressional session.

According to a written legislative proclamation issued Nov. 21, the Third Osage Nation Congress announced the special session with one single item of business listed: Removal Trial of John D. Red Eagle.  

November 14, 2013

ON Congress meets today at 10 a.m. to consider a motion to remove Red Eagle

The Osage Nation Supreme Court dismissed Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s request for a restraining order against the Third Osage Nation Congress from meeting today. With his request dismissed, the Congress will meet for it’s ninth special session at 10 a.m. to consider a motion for removal of Red Eagle.

July 10, 2013

Select Committee of Inquiry to meet during special session starting Aug. 19; Chief Red Eagle denies allegations

With 11 unanimous “yes” votes, the Third Osage Nation Congress approved a motion to form a Select Committee of Inquiry to investigate the 15 allegations raised against Principal Chief John Red Eagle. The committee will determine whether sufficient grounds exist for a removal trial.

July 9, 2013

Congressman Kugee Supernaw motions for Congress to form a Select Committee of Inquiry to review allegations; Motion faces Congressional vote

The Third Osage Nation Congress received a list of 15 allegations of potential wrongdoing made against Principal Chief John Red Eagle and now the legislative body must consider whether to investigate those allegations. If so, the Chief could face a removal trial.

A vote on the motion is expected during the Day 2 Special Session scheduled July 9.

May 16, 2013

High Court declines Congressional claim for relief in case regarding Chief Red Eagle’s board appointment of older brother

The Osage Nation Supreme Court denied a claim for relief sought by the Third ON Congress in the inaugural declaratory judgment case filed against Principal Chief John Red Eagle regarding the board appointment of his older brother, Eddy Red Eagle Jr.

April 24, 2013

Hun-Kah Session ends without confirmation of Eddy Red Eagle Jr. to ONES LLC Board

The Third Osage Nation Congress adjourned the 2013 Hun-Kah Session on its 24th and final day of session April 22 after fast tracking and voting on several pieces of legislation.

The three-day session extension approved by majority Congressional vote last week will not be used. The remaining legislative bills and resolutions passed by Congress were sent to Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s office for his consideration.

April 17, 2013

Supreme Court issues April 19 deadline for Chief Red Eagle’s office

The Osage Nation Supreme Court could issue a decision by next week in the case involving Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s appointment of his older brother Eddy Red Eagle Jr. to the Osage Nation Energy Services LLC Board.

April 15, 2013

Congress asks Supreme Court for a declaratory judgment on Chief Red Eagle’s appointment of older brother to board

The Third Osage Nation Congress is asking the Osage Nation Supreme Court to declare Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s appointment of his brother Eddy Red Eagle Jr. to the Osage Nation Energy Services LLC Board unconstitutional, according to tribal court documents.

October 3, 2012

Drent appointed to a two-year term on the Nation's High Court

The Third Osage Nation Congress confirmed Meredith Drent for the ON Supreme Court Chief Justice position on Sept. 12. She is the Nation’s second Chief Justice for the High Court and will serve a two-year term.

Drent was appointed as Supreme Court Associate Justice when the 2006 reformed government launched and she was retained by popular vote in the 2010 General Election. Drent (Osage) fills the Chief Justice seat after her predecessor, Charles Lohah, stepped down due to health reasons earlier this year.

May 30, 2012

Osages in New Mexico, California and Oklahoma say they still haven’t received their absentee ballots

Osages in New Mexico, California, Oklahoma and Pawhuska say they haven’t received their absentee ballots yet. The absentee ballot request deadline was May 15.

The Election Board asked Osage voters to allow five to seven business days to receive absentee ballots because Maryland-based TrueBallot Inc., the election company who conducted the 2010 Osage Election, is mailing the ballots. The five to seven days have passed and now Election Day is only four days away.

May 25, 2012

Drent replaces Chief Justice Charles Lohah who stepped down for personal reasons

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle has appointed Meredith Drent as Acting Chief Justice of the Osage Nation Supreme Court.

Drent, Osage, will replace former Chief Justice Charles Lohah, who is stepping down due to health reasons. Lohah, 78, was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of last year. He said the cancer is terminal.

“I just thought I would relax for awhile, enjoy what time I have left,” he said.

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 5, 2012

The select committee of inquiry will investigate allegations against William Kemble ‘for actions that may warrant removal for cause’

For the first time in the Osage Nation’s history, the Second Osage Nation Congress is beginning the process to consider the removal for a principal chief’s appointee.

Osage Nation Treasurer William Kemble is the target of a forthcoming Congressional investigation to determine whether allegations concerning his department’s operations warrant his removal from office.

October 3, 2011

More than 3,000 emails at issue; ON Treasurer argues subpoena demand is ‘an undue burden in my book’

The debate between the Second Osage Nation Congress and the Executive Branch over Treasurer William Kemble’s subpoenaed emails is heading for the courtroom.

A Congressional subpoena demanding emails from Kemble’s work computer concerning any aspect of his job since February is being challenged by the Executive Branch. Court papers from both government branches have been filed to either contest or defend the subpoena. Now both sides must wait for the Nation’s Trial Court to hear the case.

September 8, 2011

Report passed onto entire Congress for further consideration

A written report on the Osage Nation Congressional subpoena meetings with Treasurer William Kemble and Accounting staff in July has been forwarded to the entire Congress after receiving initial approval from a Congressional Committee on Day 2 of the Tzi-Zho Session.

July 8, 2010
Judicial Branch judges, Second Osage Nation Congress and Osage Minerals Council members sworn in
December 15, 2009

Court’s ruling says lower trial court lacked jurisdiction to hear case on constitutionality of the Independent Press Act of 2008

August 20, 2009

High court deciding the constitutionality of the bill that was challenged by Principal Chief Jim Gray

The Osage Nation Supreme Court met for the first time in the history of the nation Wednesday to hear arguments over a free press for the Osage people.

The Nation’s high court is deciding the constitutionality of a 2008 bill that was challenged by Principal Chief Jim Gray. He vetoed the 2008 Independent Press Act but Congress overturned Gray’s veto. The chief asked the Nation’s district court to intervene, and it upheld the chief’s position. Speaker Archie Mason, acting on behalf of Congress, appealed the case to the Supreme Court earlier this year.

August 17, 2009

High Court to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of a 2008 bill involving the Osage News

The Osage Nation Supreme Court convenes to hear its first-ever case Wednesday, when attorneys for the legislative and executive branches present oral arguments about the constitutionality of a 2008 bill involving the Osage News.

Opening arguments are scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., according to Carol McIntire, clerk of the Nation’s courts. Chief Justice Charles H. Lohah and Justices Jeanine Logan and Meredith Drent will hear the Supreme Court’s first case in the Nation’s courthouse in Pawhuska.

May 20, 2009

Under the executive order, Executive Branch officials and employees must “refrain from interfering with the critical reporting of all issues of relevance to the Osage people,” according to Chief Gray

Osage Nation Principal Chief Jim Gray has issued an executive order establishing a “free” press and granting the Osage News independence from tribal government.

Gray signed Executive Order No. 09-03 on May 6 in which he declares the Osage News’ duty is “to report without bias the activities of the government and the news of interest to foster a more informed Osage citizenry and protect individual Osage citizens’ right to freedom of speech or the press” in accordance with the Nation’s constitution.