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Osage Nation hosts first Primary Election

Today is Election Day for the eight principal chief and assistant principal chief candidates vying for a spot in the Osage Nation General Election June 2.

On the ballot for the Nation’s first Primary Election are Tom Boone, Margo Gray and Geoffrey Standing Bear for principal chief. For assistant principal chief are Randolph Crawford, James “Osage” Dailey, Terry Mason Moore, Amanda Proctor and Raymond Red Corn. 

The poll opens at 8 a.m. and is located at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center and closes at 8 p.m. The vote counting will take place at the WCC but the results will be announced in front of the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers, per tradition.

The Osage News will be posting news throughout the day on its website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and will post the results as soon as they are announced.

Candidate Camps

Candidates will have camps set up on the campus grounds, west of the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers. The Nation will provide a shuttle to take voters to and from the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center from the Osage campus.

Voting Requirements

Osages must be at least 18 years old to vote, on or before Election Day. Osages must also have a government issued photo ID with them, such as a driver’s license (even if expired), passport, military ID, etc. If the voter does not have an ID, they can still vote if two election officials identify them and sign an affidavit confirming the person’s identity.

Once a voter is identified and has the proper verification, they are looked up in the Osage Voter Registry and asked to sign their name. The voter will receive an index card with an anonymous barcode on it and will be asked to present that card to election staff who will scan the barcode and print off a ballot that matches the barcode.

The voter will take their ballot and cast their vote. Talking and the use of cell phones will not be permitted. When the voter is finished they will place their ballot, unfolded, in the locked metal ballot box.   

Absentee Ballots

At 10 a.m. on March 10 the election supervisor, accompanied by Osage Nation Police, will retrieve the absentee ballots from a locked box from the Pawhuska Post Office and will immediately deliver the box to the polling place. Poll watchers can be present during the transport. According to the election board, one poll watcher has registered for the Primary Election Day for assistant principal chief candidate Terry Mason Moore.

All absentee ballots that arrive at the Pawhuska Post Office after 10 a.m. on March 10 will be put in an empty locked box at the Pawhuska Post Office and held for 48 hours as provisional ballots.

An eligible voter who has requested an absentee ballot may vote in person on Election Day if they surrender their absentee ballot or sign an affidavit stating they have not voted by absentee.

No electioneering

No electioneering will be allowed within 300 feet of the entrance of the polling place.

Examples of electioneering: written or printed materials for a candidate; signs, stickers, buttons, shirts, bumper stickers, fans etc.; talking about voting for or against a particular candidate or issue; candidates or their campaign committee members greeting voters as they approach the polling place.

Only election officials and voters going to cast their votes will be allowed to remain within 50 feet of the polling place.

The consequences of electioneering could be a misdemeanor and summons to appear in the Osage Nation Tribal Court; if convicted of electioneering the person may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and jail time.

For more information contact the Election Office at (877) 560-5286.


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2014-03-10 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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