By Stephanie Erwin
My family is the Drum family from the Grayhorse District and I am from the Ponca Peacemaker Clan. I have lived on the Osage Reservation all of my life, we own the Original Allotment of my Family where we still reside west of Fairfax. I served on OMC 2014-2018. In the past I have served on the Board of Directors of the Osage Shareholders Association and presently serve on the Osage County Industrial Authority Board.
My experience with the oil and gas business started when I went to work in the Minerals Branch of the Osage Agency. My duties included the filing of the Assignments for Lease Transfers, the Form 139 Drilling and Plugging filings, all of the day to day operations of the BIA regarding the Osage Minerals Estate. I am fully aware of how it is supposed to function and it is NOT happening.
I was detailed down to the administrative office of the Osage Agency where I posted Individual Indian Monies (IIM) and helped figure the payment. I worked as a monitoring evaluator at Osage Federal Programs at which time the Mineral Staff was contracted through the Osage Tribe. As part of the Field program staff I traveled to Washington DC to negotiate the contracts and grants for the Osage Tribal Council with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services for contracting. My presence was required at the Executive Osage Tribal Council meetings in regards to Osage Federal Programs which was operating the Minerals at that time.
As the self-governing Coordinator I tracked the Kaw’s compacting monies from the US Senate appropriations through the different levels of the BIA and Indian Health Services.
I had the opportunity to work at every level of the process and the Administration of the Osage Minerals Estate for many years. There needs to be more focus on protecting the Osage Minerals Trust. The BIA needs to increase accountability in providing more fact based information to the Minerals Council/Shareholders. Control of the Minerals needs to be returned to the Osage Minerals Council. The Fiduciary Trust responsibility belongs to the BIA and they need to be held accountable for it. The Minerals Council needs to have more collaborative environment that respectfully recognizes the contribution of others especially when Shareholders speak to the Minerals Council. The Minerals Council should show behavior that strives to exceed the need of the Osage Shareholders and the Producers. I advocate the protection of the Minerals through the 1906 Act for the continued future of the Trust for the Shareholders and their heirs. I am a firm believer of the 1906 Act with amendments that means that we are a Law of the US Government it has taken care of the Minerals Trust for over 100 years and it will continue to protect the Trust if applied properly.
Please feel free to email or call me at email@example.com or 918-815-0568.
I would appreciate your vote on June 6, 2022.
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