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Osage Nation to celebrate Bluestem Ranch acquisition Aug. 24

The Osage Nation will celebrate the Bluestem Ranch acquisition Wednesday. The Osage Nation purchased the 43,000 acres for $74 million from media mogul Ted Turner.

According to an Osage Casinos press release, Turner, who was originally scheduled to attend the celebration, will not be there. In attendance will be Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear; Taylor Glover, President & CEO, Turner Enterprises, Inc.; Osage Nation Congress, ON Gaming Enterprise Board; federal and Oklahoma officials.

Osage Nation personnel were busy setting up the grounds for the celebration today, which includes a large tent and stage. The celebration will be located at the Bluestem Ranch near Hominy.

Standing Bear has said the land would help reconnect the youth of the Osage Nation with their culture and the history of the land where their ancestors lived, hunted and thrived.

According to a news release, the Osage Nation arrived to what is now Osage County from their former reservations in Missouri and Kansas in 1871. The final home of the Osages consisted of an area of 1,470,559 acres. The Osage held the land together in one parcel until it was divided into individual parcels by federal law by the 1906 Osage Allotment Act.

Directions from Tulsa

Go north on Highway 75 to Highway 20. Take Highway 20 West through Skiatook and Hominy to County Road 5675/Thompson Rd. (37.2 miles). Go north on County Road 5675 for 3.4 miles and the location will be on the left.

Directions from Pawhuska

Go west on Highway 60 from Pawhuska approximately 14 miles. Turn left onto County Road 5701/4551 and go south for 7.1 miles. Turn left onto County Road 5705 and go east for 2.5 miles. The road curves and becomes Bill Morris Rd. Continue on Bill Morris Rd. for 3.5 miles to County Road 5451. Turn left onto County Road 5451 and go south for approximately .8 miles to County Road 5675. Turn right onto County Road 5675 and continue south for 3.2 miles and the location will be on the right.