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Shane Matson, with BlueJacket Energy, addresses Osage Nation members, oil and gas producers and staff from federal regulatory agencies during the Osage Minerals Council’s Oil and Gas Summit Wednesday at the Osage Casino Hotel in Skiatook.
Sarah Terry-Cobo / The Journal Record

Leaders of the Osage Nation want to develop oil and gas on their land in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe's Minerals Council told attendees at a conference Wednesday in Skiatook they’re ready for another energy boom. The Osage Nation can’t approve drilling on its own land. That authority rests with the federal government. Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear wants to develop a plan to pay for infrastructure that could help the oil and gas industry produce more. He said royalties will benefit children...

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Tribal members are preparing for the Osage Nation's Sovereignty Day, which is celebrated annually on March 11 to recognize the ratification of the Constitution of the Osage Nation. The celebration begins March 11 with a gathering of Osage Nation leadership at the Osage Minerals Chambers in Pawhuska. Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will provide a welcome address and speech. The second day of celebration is devoted to tribal youth, while the third is meant to honor tribal...

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The 2015 session is still months away, but the newly elected Oklahoma Legislature has already started talking about how to divvy up roughly $7 billion in state appropriations. Some prominent lawmakers are promising to re-examine tax credits and economic incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of those incentives are used for wind energy, which the industry says are working. Big Wind Oklahoma is in the middle of a wind boom. In the last five years, installed wind power capacity...

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. Wind energy is becoming a big deal in Oklahoma. Last year, this state was...

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

Feb 14, 2014
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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...

Chief Of Osage Nation Impeached

Feb 2, 2014
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. “Starting in summer 2013 the Osage Nation congress received several allegations of wrongdoing that were committed by Chief Red Eagle administration,” Polacca said. “Altogether, 15 allegations of wrongdoing were considered in a congressional investigative committee. The result of that...

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. The six counts included abuse of power, interfering with an Osage attorney general's investigation, refusing to uphold tribal law, withholding at least one contract properly requested under the Osage Nation's Open Records Act by two newspapers, and breaking federal...

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. The Oklahoma-based tribe says it's...

Former 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. A report from the Osage Congress' Select Committee of Inquiry alleges that Red...

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...

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. The committee's report found enough evidence to support allegations against Red Eagle on charges including malfeasance in office, disregard of constitutional duties and oath of office and abuse...

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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...

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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. His son, Tim Tall Chief, says his father was...

Eagles
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The National Congress of American Indians has joined the Osage Nation in opposing federal actions to permit eagle kills caused by wind industry development on tribal lands without regard for tribal cultural interests and authority. 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.