Eight individuals were elected to the 5th Osage Minerals Council on June 6.
OMC Election Designee, Billie Ponca, announced the unofficial results at 10:45 p.m. in front of the Osage Minerals Council chambers. Osage shareholders elected to the council were:
- Anthony Shackelford
- Talee Redcorn
- Melissa Currey
- Everett Waller
- Kenny Bighorse Jr.
- Myron F. Red Eagle
- Paul S. Revard
- Joseph B. Cheshewalla
Finishing 9th through 15th were Cynthia Boone, Stephanie Erwin, Dana Maker Murrell, Margo Gray, Jeff Revard Patten, Justin Ben Patterson and Jimmy “Osage” Dailey.
This will be the first term for Shackelford, Currey and Bighorse Jr. Redcorn was re-elected to his third consecutive term on the council, but he also served on the 1st Osage Minerals Council from 2006 to 2010. Waller was re-elected for his third consecutive term. Red Eagle was re-elected to his second consecutive term but also served on the 2nd Osage Minerals Council from 2010 to 2014. Revard was elected to his second consecutive term, and Cheshewalla was elected for his second term as he also served on the 3rd Osage Minerals Council from 2014 to 2018.
Voting for the eight Osage Minerals Council seats is restricted to tribal citizens older than the age of 18 whose names appear on the quarterly annuity roll at the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Pawhuska Agency as of the last payment. Although every eligible shareholder may cast a vote, each ballot does not necessarily carry the same weight. Each ballot carried the same value as the voter’s headright interest as shown on the last quarterly annuity roll, hence all of the vote counts ended with a fraction.
The Minerals Council election office is located at 813 Grandview Ave., in the OMC chamber offices. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on the Minerals Council election, call (918) 287-0010.