US Granted 18 Months to Complete Osage Headright Trust Accounting

Here are the updated materials in Fletcher v. United States (N.D. Okla.):

1285 US Motion to Alter Judgment

1289 Fletcher Motion to Alter Judgment

1294 US Response

1295 Fletcher Response

1304 Fletcher Reply

1305 US Reply

1306 DCT Order

Underlying order here.

Pro Se Prisoner Effort to Tap Osage Headrights Fails

Here are the materials in Passons v. Osage Nation Government (N.D. Okla.):

33 Osage Nation Motion to DIsmiss

42 DOI Motion to Dismiss

51 Response to 42

53 DOI Reply

55 Response to 33

58 DCT Order

Feds Owe Duty to Account to Individual Osage Headright Owners

Here are the materials in Fletcher v. United States (N.D. Okla.):

1262 Fletcher Brief on the Merits

1266 Federal Response Brief on the Merits

1274 Fletcher Reply

1280 DCT Order

Federal Court Certifies Class in Osage Headrights Accounting Suit

Here are the new materials in Fletcher v. United States (N.D. Okla.):

1148 Motion to Certify Class

1154 US Response

1196 DCT Order Certifying Class

This case is on remand from the Tenth Circuit; post here.

Tenth Circuit Rules in Favoring of Trust Accounting Claims of Osage Headright Holders

Here are the materials in Fletcher v. United States:

CA10 Opinion

Fletcher Opening Brief

Interior Answer Brief

Fletcher Reply Brief

An excerpt:

After settlers displaced the Osage Nation from its native lands, the federal government shunted the tribe onto the open prairie in Indian Territory, part of what later became the State of Oklahoma. At the time, the government had no idea those grasslands were to prove a great deal more fertile than they appeared. Only years later did the Osages’ mammoth reserves of oil and gas make themselves known. When that happened, the federal government appropriated for itself the role of trustee, overseeing the collection of royalty income and its distribution to tribal members. That role continues to this day. In  this lawsuit, tribal members seek an accounting to determine whether the federal  government has fulfilled the fiduciary obligations it chose to assume. The district court
dismissed the tribal members’ claims. We reverse.

Lower court materials here and here.

Federal Court Dismisses Trust Breach Claim by Osage Headright Beneficiaries

Here are the materials in Fletcher v. United States (N.D. Okla.):

DCT Order Dismissing Third Amended Complaint

USA Motion to Dismiss

Fletcher Opposition

USA Reply

Our prior post on this case (from 2009) is here.