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Trumbly pays fines to continue in assistant principal chief race

The 2022 Osage Nation General Election will take place on June 6

Thomas Trumbly got the go-ahead to continue his run for assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation on May 5, when the Nation’s election board certified his campaign finance report.

A week earlier, Trumbly had filed a letter with the board and the Nation’s Attorney General saying he would not pay any fines levied against him because the Nation did not have jurisdiction over him, but on May 2 he not only paid $375 in fines but filed a second letter saying he would “rescind my previous dispute and agree to pay in full fines issued by the Osage Nation Election Board.”

Shannon Lockett, the chair of the Election Board, said that candidates are required to sign documents when they file for office acknowledging that they are subject to fines for missteps they might make during their campaigns.

Trumbly raised no money during the reporting period and his only expense was bank fees for his campaign account.

In other business, Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre reported that her office had mailed out 2,898 ballots to Osage voters, seven of them outside the United States.

She said a few people had called to report that the ballot was missing from their absentee packet, and she urged people to double-check that they had received theirs. If anyone who requested one and did not get a ballot, they should call 1-877-560-5286 or (918) 287-5286.


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Louise Red Corn
Louise Red Corn has suffered from wanderlust for decades: She has lived and worked as a journalist and photographer in Rome, Italy, New York City, Detroit, Kentucky, Mississippi and Oklahoma, where she published The Bigheart Times for 12 years. She loves diving in-depth into just about any topic but is especially fond of covering legal issues, perhaps because her parents were both lawyers. She is married to Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn, who enticed her to move to the Osage Reservation in 2004. She and her husband live south of Pawhuska with one extremely large dog named Max, one extremely energetic dog named Pepper, and, if he bothers to make an appearance, a surly cat named Stinky.

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