Osage Nation

StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped By Osage County

Bob Hamilton, director of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is moving up the national ranks in wind-generated electricity. But as wind farms expand into northeastern Oklahoma, developers are facing a team of unlikely allies: oil interests and environmentalists.

Wind farm developers encounter opposition wherever projects are planned, but the debate in Oklahoma is perhaps most magnified in Osage County, where there’s a confluence of money, government and prairie politics.

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Native American
10:43 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Osage Attorney General Accuses Former Board Members In Missing $806,000

Credit Osage Nation

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Board appeared in tribal court Thursday for arraignment on charges they misused tribal funds. Osage Nation authorities say they’ve known about $806,000 they say was misused by the board since 2012. That was when an audit showed the public funds could not be accounted for.

The case was first turned over to the U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided not to file charges, so Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones charged the four in tribal court.

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Indian Times
9:45 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Chief Of Osage Nation Impeached

Credit Susan Shannon

Osage Principal Chief John Red Eagle was removed from office last week.

According to senior reporter Benny Polacca (Hopi/Pima/Havasupai/Tohono O’odham) of the Osage News, the problems started last summer.

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Native American
12:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Osage Nation Chief Red Eagle Removed From Office

Former Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle.
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The Osage Nation has been removed its Principal Chief from office.

The Tulsa World reports the Osage Nation Congress voted this morning to remove John Red Eagle after a trial sustained five of the six counts he was being tried on.

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Wind Energy
8:28 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Osage Nation Critical Of Federal Rule Allowing Eagle Kills

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Leaders in the Osage Nation are criticizing an Obama administration decision to allow companies to seek the authorization to kill and harm golden and bald eagles without penalty.

The wind energy industry requested the change, and the federal government announced its decision last week. The announcement drew sharp criticism from the Osage Nation, which says eagles should be protected because of their religious and ceremonial significance to Native Americans.

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Native American
8:55 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Jan. 13: Osage Nation Principal Chief Set For Trial

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle
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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.

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Wind Energy
4:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Wind Energy Company To Pay $1 Million For Killing Eagles

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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.

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Native American
9:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Osage Nation Chief Counters Legislative Accusations

Osage Chief John Red Eagle
Credit Louise Red Corn / Bigheart Times

The Osage Nation principal chief is firing back at allegations made by a tribal congressional committee, which has recommended his ouster.

Osage Principal Chief John Red Eagle filed a three-page response Wednesday to a report filed earlier in the week by the Osage Congress' Select Committee of Inquiry.

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Native American
9:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Osage Government Panel Recommends Removal Of Chief

Credit Osage Nation

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.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports that eight other allegations were deemed insufficient and no criminal matters are involved.

The tribe's Select Committee of Inquiry ruled that six of the charges were serious enough to warrant removal from office for the chief, who was elected in 2010.

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Former Chief In Education For 50 Years
6:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Osage Nation Chief George Tall Chief Memorial Set For Saturday

Seal of The Osage Nation
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 A memorial service for a former Osage Nation chief who died last week will be held on Saturday.

The Tulsa World reports that a memorial service for George Tall Chief will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gray Horse Chapel in Fairfax.

Tall Chief was chief of the Osage Nation from 1982 to 1990. He died Aug. 11. He was 96.

Tall Chief was a proponent of the three branches of government and an early supporter of its adoption in the Osage Nation.

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