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Chief Red Eagle faces 15 allegations of wrongdoing during Special Session

The Third Osage Nation Congress received a list of 15 allegations of potential wrongdoing made against Principal Chief John Red Eagle and now the legislative body must consider whether to investigate those allegations. If so, the Chief could face a removal trial.

A vote on the motion is expected during the Day 2 Special Session scheduled July 9.

The allegations raised against Chief Red Eagle are now public, after they were raised in a motion to form a select committee of inquiry to investigate those allegations. Congressman William “Kugee” Supernaw read the list of allegations during Day One of the Congressional Special Session on July 8.

Congress members originally planned the session to consider a few items needing legislative action, but on June 19, a legislative proclamation was issued with the following item up for consideration: Motion to form a Select Committee of Inquiry – a five-person Congressional committee created to review allegations against elected or appointed officials that may constitute grounds for removal.

According to the Osage Constitution, all elected and appointed ON officials shall be subject to removal from office for cause. In the ON Congressional rules, the removal process calls for a Select Committee of Inquiry to be formed for investigating any raised allegations.

According to the written motion for the Select Committee of Inquiry the 15 allegations raised against Chief Red Eagle are:

1.     The Chief interfered with an investigation of the ON Attorney General’s office on May 31, 2013.

2.     The Chief attempted to have the AG’s office investigation (mentioned above) “terminated to give preferential treatment to an employee.”

3.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected position to improperly influence the administration of the Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise Board by directing the Board, or its employee, to pay expenses of Board member Randy Carnett they had not authorized. Approximate date: May 29, 2013.”

4.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by attempting to improperly influence the decision of the Osage (Limited Liability Company) Board by proposing the Osage LLC Board agree to purchase Pawhuska Dozer and hire Rod Hartness as its Chief Executive Officer with money appropriated by Congress while the appropriation law was still awaiting the signature of the Principal Chief, implying that his signature on the appropriation law was contingent upon the Osage LLC Board’s agreement to comply with the proposal. Approximate date: April 20, 2011.

5.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected office to improperly influence the Osage Minerals Council to require all oil producers, who did not have their own equipment, to give Rod Hartness first right of refusal to do any site work if he did become the CEO of the Pawhuska Dozer Company. Approximate date: April 20, 2011.”

6.     The Chief “refused to uphold Osage Nation law, ONCA 11-78, enacted with a veto override on Oct. 6, 2011, which delegates: ‘… full and sole control over all Minerals Estate Accounts…’ (Section 2-A) to the Osage Minerals Council, an independent agency within the Osage Nation. In response to the Minerals Council letter requesting the release of accounts, (Chief Red Eagle) replied by letter stating, ‘the management of these accounts shall remain in the Osage Nation Treasury.’ Approximate date: Feb. 17, 2012.”

7.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by attempting to improperly influence the Chief Executive Officer of the Osage Casinos to pay Rod Hartness to promote Osage Casinos, costing the Osage gaming operations several thousand dollars. Approximate date: June 20, 2011.”

8.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected position to improperly interfere in the administration of human resources personnel polices by forbidding disciplinary action against one or more employees, Approximate dates: January 2012-February 2013.”

9.     The Chief “abused the power of his elected position to improperly oppress the editor of theOsage News by withholding signatures or ordering signatures be withheld on travel requests and Osage housing assistance documents in retaliation for articles written in the Osage News. Approximate dates: January 2011-June 2013.”

10.  The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by refusing to pay his campaign advertising costs to the Osage News after his election for a time period in excess of (10) months claiming he should not have to pay it since he was elected Principal Chief. Approximate dates: April 2010-August 2011.”

11.  The Chief “abused the power of his elected position to improperly withhold one or more contracts between the Osage Nation and Rod Hartness properly requested under the Open Records Act by the Osage News staff and The Bigheart Times staff. Approximate dates: January 2013-June 2013.”

12.  The Chief “violated Osage law and federal law by using public money of the Osage Nation to pay Paul Allen as a contract employee to develop and maintain his personal website used for his campaigns since 2010. Approximate dates: July 2010-July 2013.”

13.  The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by, directly or indirectly, authorizing Macy Williams to submit and be paid for fraudulent timesheets. Approximate dates January 2012-July 2013.”

14.  The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by, directly or indirectly, authorizing Macy Williams to be placed in an employment position in the Counseling program of Target Capacity and Expansion requiring a high school diploma, a college degree, a behavioral health certification and be at least 21 years of age, when Macy Williams did not have any of the required qualifications. Approximate dates: January 2012-January 2013.”

15.  The Chief “abused the power of his elected position by, directly or indirectly, authorizing Macy Williams to receive a salary of $35,000 per year after she had been moved to the position of Monitor, which has a lower pay scale at $20,000. Approximate dates: June 2012-July 2013.”

Supernaw read the conclusion of his written 2.5-page motion for the Select Committee of Inquiry: “The foregoing allegations, if true, constitute grounds for removal from office for malfeasance in office, undermining the integrity of the office, disregard of constitutional duties and oath of office, arrogation of powers and abuse of government process.”

A pause of silence filled the Congressional Chambers after Supernaw finished reading the motion. Congressman Daniel Boone seconded the motion.

The Osage News asked Chief Red Eagle’s office for comment on the 15 allegations after the July 8 session concluded, but has yet to receive a response.

If the motion passes with a majority Congressional vote, the committee process to consider any raised allegations begins after the ON Supreme Court Chief Justice appoints five Congress members to serve on the committee.

ON Congress to also consider resolutions of support

Red Corn said the special session was also planned to consider budgetary matters being proposed by the Executive Branch and a Congressional resolution is being proposed to support an Osage’s application as a (U.S. Department of the Interior) Secretarial appointment to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).

Richard Chissoe (Osage) is listed on the legislative proclamation for the proposed resolution subject to ON Congressional consideration. Chissoe is a former ON Gaming Commissioner who also works in a similar role for the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico.

The NIGC is an independent federal regulatory agency responsible for regulating gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands. The commission comprises a chairman and two commissioners who each serve a three-year term on a full-time basis, according to the NIGC Web site. The U.S. President appoints the NIGC chairman and the Secretary of Interior appoints the remaining two commissioners.

The ON Congress will also consider a separate resolution supporting Osage financial professional Vince Logan’s confirmation as Special Trustee for American Indians. President Barack Obama nominated Logan for the special trustee post in September and he remains subject to confirmation by the U.S. Congress.

Based in New York, Logan is owner of The Nations Group, LLC, an investment-consulting firm focused on Native America with experience in private banking as a corporate attorney.

According to the Department of the Interior, the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians works to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government. As trustee, the Interior department has the primary fiduciary responsibility to manage about $3.7 billion in tribal trust funds and Individual Indian Money accounts, as well as leases for developing natural resources, such as coal, oil, natural gas, timber and grazing, that generate income for those accounts.


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Original Publish Date: 2013-07-09 00:00:00


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