Candidates

Early voting begins March 7 for Osage Nation Primary Election

For the first time Osages can vote early before the official Election Day of an Osage election.

Early voting is available for the Osage Nation Primary Election on March 7-8 at the Osage Nation Election Office, located at 608 Kihekah in downtown Pawhuska.

·      March 7: noon to 8 p.m.
·      March 8: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Election Day for the Primary Election is March 10 and voting will take place at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cultural center is located at 1449 W. Main St. in Pawhuska.

To vote in person, Osage voters must be enrolled Osage Nation members who are 18 years of age or older on Election Day and must possess an ON membership card issued on or after Oct. 9, 2002, which bears the name of an ON Principal Chief.

In-person voters will be required to present a government-issued photo identification card such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID, for example. Also acceptable are Osage tribal member photo ID cards issued by the ON Tax Commission.

If an Osage voter does not have a photo ID card, he or she will be allowed to vote in-person if two election officials sign an affidavit affirming the voter’s identity.

Osages voting by absentee ballot must ensure their ballot is mailed back to Pawhuska by March 10 to be counted in that day’s vote. At 10 a.m. the day of the primary election, the election board will collect the absentee ballots from the Pawhuska Post Office, where they are being kept once arriving in the mail, to be counted along with the in-person ballots on primary election day.

Candidate profiles, compiled by Osage News staff

Principal Chief candidates

Tom Boone

Age: 43

Education: Pawhuska High School and attended Northeastern State University for one year and attended Rogers State College for one year.

District: Grayhorse, received his name from Girard Blackbird, roached by Archie Mason

Family: Married 13 years to Jessica Marie and one daughter, Rachel Marie. He has one brother, Daniel Boone, who is currently serving on the Third Osage Nation Congress. On his paternal side his great-grandfather was Joe Daniels, his grandmother was Cynthia Daniels Boone. His father is Tom Boone Sr.

On his maternal side his great-grandmother is Rosa Strikeaxe. His grandmother is the late Naomi Myers. His mother is Osage Minerals Councilwoman Cynthia Boone, who is serving her second term.

Work History: A small business owner for seven years. Possesses a class A, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) for 20 years. Has never failed a pre-employment drug test or random test. One of the founding members of Youth Works, has been active with the organization for eight years.

Elected positions held: Elected to a five-year term on Pawhuska School Board, currently serves as board clerk.

Margo Gray

Age: 56

District: Pawhuska

Education: Attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and majored in police administration (1978, 1992); Attended Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business for its minority business development agency partnership program in March 2006.

Family: Mother of two sons and grandmother of seven grandchildren. Parents are the late Andrew and Margaret Gray; three brothers and three sisters. Grandparents were Clarence and Jennie Gray and her father was Wy-U-Hah-Kah. Her mother’s people on her maternal side was Grace Roan, who passed in her 20s and her mother was raised by Grandmother Nettie Luttrell. On mother’s side her grandfather was Henry Roan and He Ah-To-Moie and her grandfather was Wah-Tian-kah.

Employment background: Hominy Police Department, Edmond Police Department, Cherokee Nation Marshal Services, Tahlequah, Okla.; Osage National Council in Pawhuska; Horizon Engineering Services Co. and Horizon Companies in Tulsa. Currently the President of Pawhuska-based Margo Gray and Associates, LLC, which was founded in 2013.

Elected positions held: None

Geoffrey Standing Bear

Age: 60

Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma (1976). Earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa (1980)

District: Pawhuska

Family: Married to Julie (Brave) Standing Bear since 1977. Father to three sons Chris, Joseph, Ben and daughter Jennifer (Bighorse); and grandfather to ten grandchildren.

Work History: attorney and owner of Geoffrey M. Standing Bear Attorney at Law with offices in Pawhuska and Bartlesville. He previously worked as in-house general legal counsel for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He also worked as a managing attorney for the Economic Development Unit of the Navajo Nation Attorney General’s Office, which included a supervisory role of overseeing several attorneys, paralegals and office staff. Before law school, he worked as a grant writer, worked for a museum and a nonprofit foundation as well as various manual labor jobs. In addition to serving as a Congressman, he is also the chairperson of the Osage Nation Water Task Force and served as chair and vice-chairperson of various ON Congressional committees including Cultural and Commerce and Economic Development.

Elected positions held: Osage Nation Assistant Principal Chief under the Osage Tribal Council form of government (1990-1994); Osage Nation Congressman (2010-2014) serving on the Second and Third ON Congressional bodies.

Assistant Principal Chief candidates

Randolph Crawford

Age: 54

Education: Moore High School, 1978; Bachelors in Political Science, Northeastern State University.

District: Grayhorse, Deer Clan and was named Wah-Sis-Tah by Rose Pipestem

Family: Single. He is the son of Eugene and Mary Katherine Crawford. He was raised by Kathleen Scott Crawford.

Work History: U.S. Navy, assigned to USS Parsons, (DDG-33) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. Received the Navy Unit Commendation, Expeditionary Medal off Iran in 1979, and the Humanitarian Medal assisting in rescuing Vietnamese Boat People in the South China Sea. Worked as a Director for the Osage Social Services Program; State of Oklahoma, Child Welfare Specialist; Juvenile Justice Specialist for Youth in Custody at Tecumseh Juvenile Detention Center.

Elected positions held: None

James “Osage” Dailey

Age: 59

Education: Minor in Management Science and Information Systems, Bachelor in Science, Business Administration, 2001, Oklahoma State University; Bachelor in Arts, History, 2001, Oklahoma State University; Masters of Arts, Economic History, 2004, Oklahoma State University. Lacks 15 hours to complete Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

District: Grayhorse

Family: Osage and Logan

Work History: 2010-Present, Private Practice: Jim Dailey and Associates Accountants and CPA’s. 2010 Adjunct Professor, Pawnee Nation College; 2005-2010 Grant and Contract Comptroller/Sponsored Research Administrator/Specialist/Loan Administrator at Oklahoma State University. 2005: White Eagle Health Clinic Health Director for the Ponca Tribe of Indians. 2005-2006 Secretary, Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise Board. 2002-2004, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oklahoma State University. 1995, Chief Financial Officer, Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes; 1992-1994, Contract Officer/Planner/Proposal Writer/Grant Administrator, Ponca Tribe of Indians; 1993-1994, Tribal Chairperson, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; 1992-1994 Tribal Manager, Delaware Tribe of Indians; 1990-1992, Executive Director, Otoe Missouria Tribe of Indians; 1988-1990, Contract Specialist GS 1102-12, IHS; 1988-1990, Contract Specialist/Planner, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; 1986-1988, Department head over Planning, Health and Social Service, Sac and Fox Nation, Stroud, Okla.; 1981-1986, Planning Director, Osage Nation; 1978-1981, Planner, Lower Chattahoochee Area Planning and Development Commission, Columbus, Georgia.

Elected positions held: Chairman Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, 1993-1994

Terry Mason Moore

Age: 58

Education: Bachelor in Management from Northeastern State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Minnesota.

District: Grayhorse

Family: The daughter of Bennie Joe and Bonnie Mason of Fairfax. Her grandparents were Joseph C and Rose Moie-Kah-Moie Mason. She is the mother of four children, Jessica, Dillon, twins Erica and Elizabeth. She has one granddaughter. She is married to Ted Moore, Director of Operations for both the Chief John Red Eagle administration and the Chief Scott Bigorse administration.

Work History: Worked in various capacities with the Osage Nation for 14 years. In 2000 she contracted to represent the Osage Tax Commission for former principal chief Charles Tillman. In 2002 she contracted to represent the Osage Gaming Commission for former principal chief Jim Gray. In 2006 she contracted with the Osage casinos to do attorney work. In 2010 she was appointed by Chief Gray to the Osage Gaming Commission. She contracted with former principal chief John Red Eagle to do in-house general counsel work.

Elected positions held: She was appointed to the 31st Osage Tribal Council in 2003 after councilwoman Camille Pangburn died. She was appointed the assistant principal chief on Jan. 30 by Chief BigHorse after Chief Red Eagle was removed from office. She was elected to the School Board for Woodland Public Schools.

Amanda Proctor

Age: 38

District: Pawhuska

Education: Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa (2005). She also received a certificate in Native American law from TU. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Harvard University (1999).

Family: Mother of three sons. Her mother, the late Karen (Crum) Proctor, is Osage and she is Cherokee on her father’s side.

Employment background: Attorney and president of the Shield Law Group, PLC in Jenks (Okla.), which focuses on Indian law and represents several Oklahoma Indian tribes and tribal entities. She is an attorney of record in the ongoing federal court case of Fletcher v. United States, which seeks to require the United States to account for the alienation of the Osage Mineral Estate from Osages to non-Osages. Previously worked as an attorney at Tulsa law firm Sneed Lang Herrold PC. Before practicing law, she worked as a tribal housing director for two tribes and has worked in the tribal housing industry for the past 15 years. 

Elected positions held: President of Osage County Bar Association

Raymond Red Corn

Age: 58

District: Pawhuska

Education: Currently a student at Rogers State University in Bartlesville seeking a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on management.

Family: Married to Louise (Taylor) Red Corn, father of four sons, stepfather to one son and grandfather of four. Parents were Raymond and Waltena Red Corn; grandfather was Raymond W. Red Corn Sr., great-grandfather was Wy-e-glah-in-kah. Both Raymond Sr. and Wy-e-glah-in-kah were original allottees. Wakon Red Corn, Sr., is brother.

Employment background: Osage Nation Congressman elected to office in 2006; reelected in 2010. Prior to Congressional service, career was in construction trade since 1977. Work included carpentry, laborer and construction management starting in 1985; Started and ran his own remodeling company from 1995 to 2001.Returned to Pawhuska in 2003 where he purchased and renovated several downtown commercial buildings and residences in Pawhuska.

Elected positions held: Elected to the First, Second and Third ON Congress since winning election in 2006 and re-election in 2010. Elected as Second Congressional Speaker and oversaw Congressional staff. Elected as Congressional Speaker, current position.

For more information on voting or the ON Election Office, call (877) 560-5286, email at electionoffice@osagetribe.org, or visit their website athttp://www.osagetribe.com/electionboard/.

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