Principal Chief John Red Eagle has released the details of his new administration’s qualifications and the experience they will bring to his new administration.
“We began work immediately after the inauguration assessing the needs of the organization, getting a fix on budgets, strengthening our relationship with the [Osage] Congress, and taking care of those urgent matters facing our Osage Nation,” Red Eagle said in a prepared release. “Where systems, processes, and positive employee engagement were broken, outdated, or missing, we will take deliberate corrective measures to make our Nation efficient, effective, provide quality service to the people, and make it an honorable and fun place to work.”
During an executive retreat held Thursday and Friday at the Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa, the staff did not stay overnight, Red Eagle and his staff outlined the duties of the team, according to a prepared release. The new members of the executive branch are:
• Faren Revard-Anderson – Senior Adviser to Chief Red Eagle and Assistant Chief Scott Bighorse. Anderson, 34 and Osage, will be the liaison with the Osage Nation Congress, provide legislative analysis and write proposed legislation for the Executive Branch. She is also the former Speaker of the Congress and past chair of the appropriations and cultural committees. Anderson has a double bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in agriculture economics and agriculture communications.
• Raymond Lasley – Executive Adviser, Osage Nation Programs and Services. According to the release, Lasley has more than 20 years of previous service to the Nation and other tribal governments. Lasley will ensure program compliance and performance efficiency. He has an associate degree from Haskell Indian Nations University and has attended the University of Oklahoma.
• Chris White – Executive Director for Governmental Affairs. White, 63 and Shawnee/Delaware, is liaison between the Office of the Principle Chief and other governments. White is responsible for public relations and is the key adviser to Chief Red Eagle and Assistant Chief BigHorse on gaming. White has served in the Nation’s Million Dollar Elm gaming operations for the past five years, first as a floor supervisor, then shift manager at the north Tulsa casino. The past three years he has served as general manager of the Ponca City MDE, generating annual revenues of more than $10 million dollars and developing an outstanding community relations program, according to the release.
• Everett Waller – Liaison to the Minerals Council and Cultural Adviser. Waller, 50 and Osage, previously served on the Osage Tribal Council and has been active in the cultural aspects of the Osage people his entire life.
• Paul Allen – Communications and Special Events. Allen, 67 and Osage, has previously worked under contract with the Nation in the area of Information Technology. He will also assist with press relations and audio/visual systems.
• Deidre Bigheart – Executive Director of Tribal Operations. Bigheart, Osage, was retained by Chief Red Eagle, expanding her responsibilities. She will now directly supervise all program directors of the Nation. She has completed her doctoral course work at the University of Oklahoma. Her expertise is in the field of education, with emphasis on research, organizational development and performance measurement, according to the release.
• Leonard Maker – Executive Policy Analyst. Maker, 60, Osage and longtime tribal employee, serves as an adviser to the executive team on policy matters, including those of other state and federal funding agencies, as well as providing program management advice.
Linda Teeman, 54 and non-Osage, continues as special assistant to the principle chief, while Carrie Rogers, 38 and Osage, will be special assistant to the assistant chief. Both served during the Gray administration and will arrange schedules, travel arrangements, manage executive office budgets and the executive support team.