Osage Swear In Standing Bear as Principal Chief
Geoffrey Standing Bear was sworn in July 2 as principal chief of the Osage Nation along with Raymond Red Corn as the assistant principal chief.
The inauguration ceremony included song and prayer, and was attended by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), Chickasaw, who gave a speech before the swearing-ins began.
Standing Bear was elected to the seat in June, defeating Margo Gray by just under 1,000 votes (1,615 to 652) according to the Osage Nation website.
The attorney is a University of Tulsa graduate who has served as Supreme Court Justice for the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma and General Counsel for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Newson6 reports.
The June general election followed the removal of John Red Eagle as tribal principal chief in January following a trail that fond him guilty of five charges connected to abuse of power.
Red Corn won the assistant principal chief race, defeating Amanda Proctor 1,209 to 958.
The principal chief and vice principal positions are elected to four year terms.
Watch the inauguration ceremony here.
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