Candidates file for Osage Nation executive offices

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The candidate’s filing period in the 2014 Osage Nation elections for principal chief and assistant principal chief was to conclude at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Inclement weather caused the Osage Nation Election Board office to be closed Monday on what was scheduled to be the final day of the three-week filing period.

As the deadline drew near, four candidates had declared for the position of principal chief. Geoffrey Standing Bear, a Pawhuska attorney, filed on the initial day of the period, Dec. 16. The following day, Tulsa business executive Margo Gray-Proctor became the third woman to seek election as the primary leader of the Osages.

On Dec. 18, incumbent Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle filed his candidacy. Pawhuska Board of Education member Tom Boone joined the race last Friday.

Raymond Red Corn, the current speaker of the Osage Congress, was the lone candidate declaring for the position of assistant principal chief, as of Monday. He filed on the period’s opening day, shortly before Standing Bear .

A first-ever Osage Nation primary election is set March 10 for the two executive tribal positions. General elections will be held June 2 to decide the Chief and Assistant Chief races, as well as to fill half the seats on the Osage Congress.

Candidate filing period for the six Osage congressional races will be March 14-31.