The Osage Nation Congress has scheduled a Jan 13 trial on proceedings seeking the ouster of Principal Chief John Red Eagle.
The Examiner-Enterprise reports Red Eagle faces removal on charges of malfeasance in office, arrogation of power and for allegedly disregarding his constitutional duties and oath of office. He has also been accused of abuse of the government process and undermining the integrity of the office.
For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.
In a settlement announced Friday, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The case is a first to be prosecuted under that law for a wind company by the Obama administration, which has been a champion for pollution-free wind power.
Findings to support seven allegations of wrongdoing against Osage Nation Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle have been presented in a report by an Osage Congress committee that recommended his removal from office.
A recent NCAI resolution says authorizing the wind energy project to kill eagles in Osage Nation territory without the tribe's consent would set a dangerous precedent. The resolution says it would limit the ability of all tribes in the U.S. to protect their cultural resources.