Chief’s removal approved

Chief’s removal approved

PAWHUSKA — The Osage Nation Congress voted Tuesday for removal of John D. Red Eagle as Principal Chief of the 13,000-member tribe.

Guilty verdicts were rendered on five of six allegations against the Chief, who was accused of malfeasance in office and arrogation of power. At least 10 of the 12 congressional members supported the five findings of guilt and some of the votes were unanimous.

The voting concluded a six-day trial — during which the 63-year-old tribal leader defiantly admitted breaking Osage law. As a result of the decision, Red Eagle is disqualified from ever again holding office in the Osage Nation.

Assistant Principal Chief Scott Big Horse will serve out the remainder of Red Eagle’s current four-year term, which expires in August following the regular Osage general election in June.