Osage Congress Makes Charges Against Chief

Nov 18, 2013

The Osage Nation sign at Skiatook
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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The Osage Congress alleges wrongdoing by chief and has approved a motion calling for his removal.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports that the congress voted 12-0 Friday to hold a trial in an effort to remove Principal Chief John Red Eagle.

Red Eagle issued a statement says the congress relied on hearsay and that it plans to unconstitutionally serve as the trial jury.

The allegations include that Red Eagle interfered with and tried to stop a tribal attorney general's investigation; refused to uphold a tribal law; improperly forbid disciplinary action against a tribal Election Board employee; and that he misused more than $73,000 in Osage Nation money.

The Osage Congress next will call a special session for scheduling a date for the start of the trial.