A first-ever Osage Nation primary election will be held Monday, March 10, for the purpose of reducing a field of eight candidates for Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief.
Three candidates — Margo Gray, Thomas Boone and Geoffrey Standing Bear — are seeking to be the new Principal Chief of the Osages. Hopefuls for the post of Assistant Principal Chief include Amanda Proctor, Terry Mason Moore, Raymond Red Corn, Randolph Crawford and James “Osage” Dailey.
In both of the races, the two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will advance to the Osage Nation general election set for June 2. A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary would be declared the winner, however.
In addition to the two executive offices, the 2014 general election ballot also is to include six of the 12 seats on the Osage Nation Congress. Filing period for Congressional candidates is March 14-31.
Recently-removed Osage Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle had filed for re-election but was ruled ineligible as a result of a January verdict to remove him from office. Members of the tribal Congress voted for the ouster of Red Eagle following a trial at which he was found guilty of five allegations of official malfeasance and abuse of power.
Scott BigHorse is currently serving as Principal Chief. Elected as the Assistant Principal Chief in the 2010 Osage Nation general elections, BigHorse ascended to the Principal Chief’s office following Red Eagle’s removal in January. He subsequently appointed Terry Mason Moore, one of the current candidates for the office, as the Assistant Principal Chief.
Voting in the primary will take place Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main St. Early voting is scheduled Friday (from noon to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Osage Nation Election Board, 608 Kihekah Ave.
Other Osage events
Osage Sovereignty Day will be observed Tuesday, March 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Center. Earlier that day, the State of the Nation is scheduled to be presented at 10 a.m. in the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers. This Saturday, from 2-11 p.m., an honor dance will be held at the Osage Events Center in Tulsa for the reigning Miss Indian Oklahoma, Robynn Rulo.