Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear is seeking re-election for a second term. The election primary for Principal Chief is April 2 and the general election is June 4.
During his time as Principal Chief, Osage land ownership has increased by more than 50,000-acres.
“Of course, the 43,000-acre Bluestem Ranch purchase from Ted Turner is the highlight, but we also have used more than $8.3 million dollars in federal money from a court settlement and our other funds to purchase additional land,” said Standing Bear.
According to Standing Bear, for any Indian Tribe, the preservation of culture and language is a priority along with education and health.
“We have strengthened our language and culture programs, including the establishment of a language immersion school for preschool and kindergarten students,” he said. “We will soon open our new domestic violence shelter and we also will break ground on two wellness centers in Hominy and Fairfax. Our higher education scholarship fund and our health benefits program are stronger than ever.”
Standing Bear also said the Osage Nation will open the $160 million dollar Osage Casino in Tulsa this summer.
“In addition to these great successes for our Nation, we also have challenges ahead, including the intrusion by the State of Oklahoma over Osage Nation water rights,” Standing Bear said. “With many other projects currently in progress, I am the best qualified person to lead the Osage Nation in the next four years. It has been an honor to serve the Osage people and we are on the right path to success,” said Standing Bear.
The Osage Nation election primary for Principal Chief is April 2, and the general election is June 4. The Osage Nation has over 20,800 members located in Osage County, Oklahoma and throughout the United States.