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September 18, 2013

Rules and ethics committee to propose new rules to entire Congress

The Third ON Congress is delaying board and commission confirmations pending establishment of new rules regarding the confirmation process including background checks.

September 16, 2013

Congress addresses misinformation concerning merit employment system; Select Committee of Inquiry hires attorney

Debate and concerns on overspending tribal dollars, providing adequate services for Osages and ensuring fairness to all employees are topics raised in considering the 2014 fiscal year budgets for the Osage Nation.

April 3, 2013

Appointed editorial board members subject to ON Congressional Confirmation during 2013 Hun-Kah Session

The Osage Nation Editorial Board selected Teresa Trumbly Lamsam for its final seat during its Feb. 28 meeting.

March 14, 2013

Chief Red Eagle ignores Open Records Request for contract

Despite an open records request and a letter from the Third Osage Nation Congress, Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle is not handing over the contract for his controversial pipeline consultant Rod Hartness.

December 19, 2012

Osage constituents, members of the Osage Congress and Osage departmental directors attended the Association of New Mexico Osages met in Albuquerque Dec. 8

The Association of New Mexico Osages held their second formal meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 8, to focus on the Osage culture and voting issues.

The association’s first meeting was held in May, prompted by the June general election, in which seven of the 34 candidates attended. Attendees of the May meeting wanted to follow up issues discussed and also wanted to focus on culture and the Osage language.

July 9, 2012

Six Osages were sworn into office, Shannon Edwards, John Jech, John Maker, Archie Mason, RJ Walker and Maria Whitehorn

The Inauguration of the Third Osage Nation Congress was held on Wednesday, July 4 in Pawhuska. Six Osages were sworn into office, Shannon Edwards, John Jech, John Maker, Archie Mason, RJ Walker and Maria Whitehorn.

July 3, 2012

Inauguration to be held in the Congressional Chambers at 10 a.m. July 4

The recently elected Third Osage Nation Congress members will be sworn into office July 4 at 10 a.m. in the Congressional Chambers on the government campus in Pawhuska.

Those six Osages will serve four-year terms after being elected to the Legislative Branch in the June 4 General Election.

Serving on the Third ON Congress are: RJ Walker, John F. Maker, Archie L. Mason, Shannon Love Edwards, Maria Whitehorn and John Jech.

June 5, 2012

Unofficial results: Two incumbents reelected, all proposed Constitutional amendments fail; Provisional ballots to be counted Wednesday

The Osage people elected four new Congressional members in the 2012 General Election and re-elected two incumbents to serve on the Third ON Congress, according to preliminary results.

In complete, but unofficial results, RJ Walker, John F. Maker, Maria Whitehorn and John Jech were voted in and incumbents Shannon Edwards and Archie Mason were re-elected in the June 4 election.

June 5, 2012

When the Osage News has the official results they will be posted at

The unofficial results for the Third Osage Nation Congress were announced Monday, June 4 just before 10 p.m. When the Osage News has the official results they will be posted at

May 14, 2012

Twelve candidates attend United Osage of Southern California meeting and share their campaigns for office

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Twelve Osage Congressional candidates hit the West Coast to ask California Osages for their votes in the 2012 Osage Nation General Election with more than five weeks left on the campaign trail.

The United Osages of Southern California hosted its annual spring meeting on April 28 in Carlsbad and the Northern California Osage met the following day in Oakland. Both organizations invited this year’s 34 candidates to the meetings to discuss their campaigns and plans if elected to one of the six Congressional seats during the June 4 election.

April 24, 2012

The fifteenth candidate to be interviewed in our series "Candidate Talk" is Shannon Edwards

The Osage News will be interviewing on camera the 2012 candidates running for the Third Osage Nation Congress. The fifteenth candidate to be interviewed in our series "Candidate Talk" is Shannon Edwards

April 17, 2012

Candidates speak at one of first public political meetings during 2012 election season

Candidates for the Third Osage Nation Congress have started their trek on the campaign trail with several making a stop at the Cedar Chest to share their interest in seeking public office.

Cedar Chest co-operators Julie O’keefe and Danette Daniels held an April 12 reception for the Legislative Branch candidates who are seeking the six Congressional seats up for grabs in the June election.

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.

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.

December 13, 2011

Congressional supplemental appropriation bill adds $2.5 million to Education Department budget

Osage students will have their scholarships from the Nation.

The Second Osage Nation Congress unanimously passed an appropriation bill to fund the higher education scholarship program for the spring 2012 semester during its Special Session on Dec. 8.

October 31, 2011

Chief pocket-vetoes revolving fund bills for higher education scholarships and employee loans; to be revisited in special session

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle is calling the Second Osage Nation Congress into Special Session starting Nov. 10 to consider matters including appropriating $8.9 million for the higher education scholarship program and $100,000 for the employee loan program – the targets of two bills he pocket-vetoed following the Tzi-Zho Session.

September 29, 2011

Congresswoman Shannon Edwards withdraws her amendment to cut funding for the Executive Branch’s FY 2012 Merit Pay for Performance bonus

Osage Nation employees got their way Sept. 29 when Congresswoman Shannon Edwards withdrew an amendment to cut Executive Branch funding for Merit Pay for Performance for fiscal year 2012.

About 20 protesters showed up with signs outside the Osage Congressional Chambers before the session started that read: “Don’t Be Square Be Fair!”; “We Voted You In – But Not Again!”; “You don’t Merit My Vote!”; and many more.

September 21, 2011

Congress overrides veto 11-1 requiring 10-day notices of Special Sessions; Revised election code signed into law by Chief Red Eagle

The Second Osage Nation Congress overrode Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle's veto Sept. 19, which sets notice periods and limitations in calling for Congressional Special Sessions. Congress voted 11-1 to override the veto so the bill becomes law.

September 15, 2011

Second Osage Nation Congress passes legislation updating election law

The process for voting for Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief may change before the 2014 election if Chief John Red Eagle signs into law a revised election code, passed unanimously by the Second Osage Nation Congress Sept. 13.

According to the revised code (ONCA 11-40), a primary election for the chief and assistant chief will be held if there are more than two candidates for each office. The primary election would be held the first Monday in April during the years of the chiefs elections.

The next election for the chiefs is in 2014.

June 8, 2011

Congressional Affairs committee hears testimony regarding Congressional compensation, taxation

The Second Osage Nation Congress issued two subpoenas for the Nation’s Treasurer and Human Resources director to appear before the Congressional Affairs Committee regarding the Congress members’ compensation and income taxation on April 15.

May 2, 2011

Congressional bill creating the fund vetoed by Chief Red Eagle; Congress votes to override the veto

A fund has been established for Osage organizations that may need financial assistance when securing facilities and equipment rental costs for public meetings.

The bill (ONCA 11-52) also survived a veto by Principal Chief John Red Eagle after a 10-2 Congressional override occurred on the last day of the 2011 Hun-Kah Session.

April 29, 2011

Policy asks Nation’s directors to refer all questions and suggestions from Osage Congress to Chief’s Office

In the words of Osage Congressman William “Kugee” Supernaw in his email newsletter, “GOOD GOLLY GRANNY!! IT’S ANOTHER GAG ORDER.”

A communication directive was emailed to the Nation’s directors April 25 by Senior Executive Advisor Faren Anderson that said, “all directives and requests from Congress members regarding departments be directed to Raymond Lasley, Executive Advisor of Programs, for assistance.”

As a director, who wished to remain anonymous, put it, “That’s a gag order.”

April 15, 2011

Officials attended OKC fundraiser, spent $10,000 for “Diaper Dandy” sponsorship

Eight Osage Nation officials and a family member attended the inaugural 2011 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Awards held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City April 11.

April 14, 2011

Osage Minerals Council opposed bill, saying account that holds income from Kansas property is under OMC control

Osage Congresswoman Shannon Edwards is the subject matter of some angry Osage shareholders lately.

Edwards introduced a bill, ONCA 11-51, during the congressional Hun-Kah session that asked for an audit of the Nation’s S-510 account. She asked that the ON Treasurer audit and segregate the funds in the account.