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Content about Principal Chief Jim Gray

January 25, 2012

Long-time Osage employee and Chief appointee dies at age 64

Leonard Morrell Maker didn’t say much. He was reserved, quiet, a “traditional Osage.” He chose his words carefully, unveiling his thoughts when they would make the most impact. He was strategic that way.

My uncle “Lindo” died on Jan. 23, after a massive heart attack took his life in his office. Surrounded by grieving employees and his grieving wife and youngest daughter, Lindo made his last exit from the building he had worked in for the past 10 years. He was 64 years old.

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.

May 26, 2010
Nation has 90 days to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court. Osage elections are in 11 days
May 26, 2010
Click here to read the Executive Branch press release
May 24, 2010
The merit-based employment system is required by the Osage Constitution
April 2, 2010
Gray: "If you agree with me that our progress must continue, I will not miss a step in the transition to a second term."
March 16, 2010
Speaker Mason: “Change is inevitable and we have been instruments of change.”
February 2, 2010
OMC travels to Washington, D.C., to ask Bureau of Indian Affairs to help supervise their election
January 21, 2010

Daily Oklahoman editorial calls Chief Gray ‘radical’ and said Gray could close down highways in Osage county and deny services to non-Osage community

 The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the Nation’s case against the Oklahoma Tax Commission Jan. 11. A timeline was not given as to when the appeals court will issue a ruling.

“The state [of Oklahoma] is trying to put tribal sovereignty on trial,” said Osage Principal Chief Jim Gray at a Jan. 12 all employee meeting at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center. “The only entity under the sun that can disestablish the Osage Reservation is the United States Congress.”

January 20, 2010

ONCA 10-04 outlines areas of the Nation’s government which will benefit from the bill’s monies

This fiscal year the Osage Nation plans to spend more than $6.2 million allocated in an economic stimulus funding bill passed by the Osage Nation Congress which will be used for government services such as Head Start equipment, housing-related expenses, drug use prevention, senior services and youth summer workforce employment and training.

January 14, 2010

Event honors Pima Marine Ira Hayes and five soldiers who raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in 1945

Next month marks the 65th anniversary of the World War II flag-raising at Iwo Jima when six U.S. soldiers, including one Native American, erected the Stars and Stripes on Mount Suribachi during combat. It’s an immortal image captured in an award-winning photograph which has been reprinted countless times since.

January 13, 2010

Congresswoman Faren Anderson: ‘This year you have to make choices for the program together.’ Osage Nation Language program budget reduced

After three-and-a-half months of back and forth between the Osage Nation Congress and the Principal Chief of the Osage Nation, the 2010 fiscal year budgets were passed and signed into law on Friday at $23.9 million.

“I’m just relieved that the budgets got passed,” said Chief Jim Gray at an all employees meeting at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center Tuesday. “I also want to apologize to all of you. To be caught up in a political tug-of-war between the Executive and Congress was totally unfair to you. I never intended to involve you in this.”

December 10, 2009

Congress adjourns 22nd Special Session, Chief Gray calls for another session starting Monday

December 4, 2009

Congressional committee meetings slated next week, Congress to meet again Wednesday at 10 a.m.










In the ongoing debate involving the Osage Nation employee Christmas bonuses, Congressman William “Kugee” Supernaw said the next move is up to Principal Chief Jim Gray.

December 4, 2009

Chief Gray sends out Executive Message to all the employees detailing what services will be impacted

November 20, 2009

These pictures were taken at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center on Nov. 11.

November 17, 2009

Congress members said Oct. 26 meeting was not illegal

November 11, 2009

Suits in reference to Open Meetings Law violation and “unconstitutional” veto override.

November 11, 2009

Osage Nation hosts conference which is sponsored by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes.

November 5, 2009

Shackelford left to go play golf when other members of Congress discussed dollar amounts in Chief Gray’s budget

November 4, 2009

Congress sends budgets back to committee to trim $6 million from Nation’s spending.

October 12, 2009

Assistant Principal Chief denied access to congressional bills

September 21, 2009

The controversial photo was sent to Congressman William "Kugee" Supernaw anonymously by an Osage living in Missouri

September 17, 2009

All Osages regardless of age could receive applications for their $500 health benefit card as soon as the first of November.