PAWHUSKA — The Osage Nation has elected a new principal chief, more than four months after the tribe’s previous leader was ousted from office.
According to unofficial results, Geoffrey Standing Bear was elected principal chief in Monday’s election. The tribe says Standing Bear received 1,615 votes to Margo Gray’s 652 votes.
Former Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle was removed from office in January after he was found guilty of five charges alleging misconduct. The allegations accused Red Eagle of interfering with an Osage attorney general’s investigation, refusing to uphold tribal law and withholding information properly requested under the Osage Nation’s Open Records Act by two newspapers.
The principal chief governs the Oklahoma-based tribe’s 15,000-plus citizens and upholds the laws and constitution of the tribe