Oklahoma Tribal Chief Removed From Office
"I'm confident that our nation will move forward and I am confident that we will thrive," said Alice BuffaloHead, member of the Osage Tribal Congress.
A chief removed from office--it's never happened before in the history of the Osage Nation.
For some watching the trial it was emotional.
"We just sat there and waited like you wait in a hospital room like they're not going to make it and he didn't make it,"says Paula Mashunkashey, member of the Osage Nation.
Chief Red Eagle was under fire for abuse of power and violating the open records act.
"An he also said with regard to the open records act that he would violate the law in the future if he felt a need to do it. That was just exceedingly compelling evidence," said attorney Mark Lyons.
Chief Red Eagle's departure for his supporters was hard to endure. He leaves office under a 2006 constitution that makes no allowances for what was once the old ways of governing and where relationships sometimes overshadowed the rules. I know my people put things in place once again for us to be where we are today never in their way would have thought we'd be where we are today."
"He's a good man, John Red Eagle is a good man. I just pray for our nation because we're divided now," says Mashunkashey. "And it's sad and it upsets me. I'm a caring person who loves our people and there are better ways to come to conclusions than we did today is what I'm trying to say," added BigHorse.
Chief John Red Eagle started the day as chief of the Osage Nation. He walks away never being allowed to hold an office again.