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Osage Congress panel recommends chief's removal

PAWHUSKA — An Osage Nation congressional committee tasked with investigating allegations of wrongdoing by the tribe's principal chief found evidence to seven of the 15 charges, including six that are serious enough to warrant his ouster.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: October 30, 2013 at 11:09 am •  Published: October 30, 2013
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PAWHUSKA — An Osage Nation congressional committee tasked with investigating allegations of wrongdoing by the tribe's principal chief found evidence to seven of the 15 charges, including six that are serious enough to warrant his ouster.

The tribe's Select Committee of Inquiry outlined the findings of its two-month investigation of Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle in a 58-page report to the Osage Nation Congress, which scheduled a Nov. 14 session to decide whether to go ahead with a removal trial.

Red Eagle, who denies wrongdoing, says the allegations are politically motivated.

The committee found insufficient evidence to substantiate eight allegations, The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reported (http://bit.ly/1cl4fev ). But among the accusations it upheld were that Red Eagle refused to uphold a tribal law delegating "full and sole control over all Minerals Estate accounts" to the Osage Minerals Council; withheld information about the terms of a contract with a pipeline consultant from the Osage News and another newspaper that filed formal requests under the tribe's Open Records Act; and violated Osage and federal laws by using tribal funds to pay a consultant to develop and maintain his personal website.

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