Marsha Harlan announces her candidacy for Osage Minerals Council

By Marsha Harlan

I am Marsha Harlan and I am seeking an opportunity to represent your interests on the Osage Minerals Council. As a fourth generation shareholder, I believe I have the professional qualifications and experience necessary, as well as the sincere desire to serve as a competent ambassador working for the preservation and protection of our Osage Minerals Estate.

My great-grandparents were Albert Penn (Allottee 821) and Dora McCarthey Penn (Allottee 822). I am the granddaughter of Mae Penn Trumbly and the daughter of Mary Patricia Trumbly. I graduated from Hominy High School in 1986, and received a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University in 1991. In 1999, I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Juris Doctor Degree with complementary certifications in Native American Law and International and Comparative Law.

During the last two decades, I have served Indian Country as a lawyer, judge and consultant with a specialized interest in tribal self-governance and the protection of tribal sovereignty. I am a senior partner in the law firm of Legal Advocates for Indian Country, LLP, and a founding partner of both Indian Collaborative Consultants, LLC, and Tribal One Source, LLC. I am currently a Supreme Court Justice for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Magistrate for the Court of Indian Offenses for the Southern Plains Region, and the Chief Magistrate for the Western Region Court of Indian Offenses. My entire professional career has been dedicated to working on behalf of tribes and their members.

I am seeking your vote and support in this election because I believe we need qualified professionals to serve on the Osage Minerals Council. According to the Osage Nation Constitution, the OMC is an independent agency of the Nation and is responsible for the protection, preservation and promotion of our minerals estate. I have been a shareholder for 16 years and I am confident that I hold the experience, knowledge, and leadership skills necessary to uphold the duties required of the Minerals Council. Given the national political climate and the recent regulatory controls imposed upon us in the oil and gas industry, this is a critical time for solid leadership and the selection of dedicated and knowledgeable individuals to protect our interests.

I believe we must undertake a full assessment of our current circumstances and create a solid strategy to provide a long-term plan for growth and development of the minerals estate. In addition, we must also work to acquire fair market value for our precious oil and gas. We can no longer accept the “pennies on the dollar” amounts we’ve been receiving. We must place a priority on the assets of our estate and seek the true value of our oil and gas.

It is my firm position that all members of the Minerals Council should fulfill their duties with the highest integrity and transparency. Additionally, Council members should always be accountable to their constituents. I pledge to work diligently to protect, preserve and promote our minerals estate in a manner that is integrous and transparent, and I will always remember that I am accountable to all shareholders for my actions.

I humbly ask for your trust and support in allowing me to serve as a member of the Osage Minerals Council. I sincerely thank you for your consideration.

Please feel free to contact me at (918) 853-8772 or via email at