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December 12, 2013

That is what makes a visit to the Osage Tribal Museum a deep and personal learning experience for an Osage, or for anyone with a normal sense of curiosity

The Osage Tribal Museum is truly something we can be proud of. We know our museum is the oldest tribal museum in the country. We also know it is one of the best.

November 28, 2013

The Osage News would like to wish all our readers a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Osage Heritage Day

I am certain that I am no better at wishing you, “A Happy Thanksgiving,” than anyone else.  I know I am sincere when I am expressing that wish, and I believe most people I know are just as sincere, simply because we all have so much for which we are thankful.

As I remember from grade school days, at Indian Camp School no less, Indian People had a lot to do with the first Thanks Giving.  It was the compassion those Indians felt for the Pilgrims in that part of the country that brought out the gratitude of the pilgrims. 

November 7, 2013

I have always found a Buffalo Wallow to be fascinating to look at

The story of Osage People becoming a Tribe of Indians is fascinating and personal to each of us. During those ancient days some Osages found it important to go in search of a life symbol to guide them on the Wah-Zha-Zhi journey on earth. Today we do not know exactly what they were searching for during those early times, but what they found gives us insight into their search.

Those Osages found Tse, or Buffalo, and those Osages have since that time been known as Buffalo Face People.

October 7, 2013

A look back on the founders of the Osage Constitution

First, this column does not speak for anyone but me, no one else. It reflects some of my thoughts and emotions during the Osage Constitution Reform process. Also, I think the Osage Government Reform Process went extremely well, and continues to function as it should.

September 9, 2013

Osages knew what they were doing when they chose “Ni” as an important Osage Life Symbol for one third of the Osage People

Those Old Osages understood a great many things. Because, they studied the world around them they understood. 

The Wah Sha Zhi understood that daylight hours during the Moon known as Wa ca”tha bi  We da tha bi (December) start getting longer.

They understood that Wah Ko’n Ta had created all that was created.

August 12, 2013

Many people come around the Osage. Some stay and become Osage friends.

Over the century Osage People have experienced numerous interesting periods of tribal history, and each of those periods have brought interesting people to Osage Country. Did those interesting people become a part of the lives of the Osage People, or, did they just stir things up a little and then move on? 

April 4, 2013

When mid-summer arrived big white flowers would blossom on the water’s surface. That was the sign that the Yo’n-Ka Pins were ready to be pulled

Osages have a word for the Lily Root, it is Tseh-Wai-Tseh-Wah-Ii. It is also a word I had to do some digging to find. There are times when Osages call them Yo’n-Ka Pins. I have been told the word Yo’n-ka Pin came from the Ojibway Tribal People. Yo’n-Ka Pin is the more commonly used term in today’s Indian world. No matter what you call it, it is a potato-like vegetable that grows in the roots of a Lily Pad, and is well worth the effort to find and cook them.

November 15, 2012

At a meeting in the 1960's, a young Osage law student envisioned an Osage Constitution upon which to grow an economy

One day in the 1960’s my mother told me she was invited to a meeting at the Hominy Friends Church. The purpose of the meeting was to hear Charles Lohah, Grah Moie, explain some thoughts he had about the Osage Tribe. At that time I believe he was still a student at the University of Tulsa Law School. I attended the meeting.

We as Osages have a long and interesting history that spans centuries. During those centuries many Osages have contributed to making our history something we are proud of. Those are the people who step up and make a contribution at a critical time.

September 19, 2012

Roundtable discussion with author Jean Dennison and Osage Government Reform Commission members scheduled Sept. 29 at Constantine Theater in Pawhuska

An Osage college professor penned a book on the Osage Nation’s reformed government process. Now the history on the 2006 government reform process will be available for readers interested in learning of the complexities taken on by the Osage Government Reform Commission charged with conceiving, creating and implementing the new Constitution.

July 27, 2012

By then, three Osage political parties had taken root in our tribe.

As a young person attending Osage elections, many young Osages walked the Osage Agency grounds on the hill, seeing other young people. It looked then very much like it does today, with Election Day Camps. It could have been during an election when I first climbed, up and down, the stairs that reach from Kihekah Avenue to the Agency Grounds. 

April 25, 2012

The last of the “Osage Ten” works of art and history will be presented on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Constantine Theatre, Pawhuska. Lunch will follow.

We know it to be true, listening to the generations before us will help us to endure as a People. We also know there are many ways of listening.

Probably the best way of listening would be to sit on a blanket on the ground in a half-circle and listen while an elder retells stories of the People, retelling those stories in the Osage Language. While that method of relaying that knowledge is not available to our generation, those teachings remain valuable.

January 20, 2012

Their education came from the teachings of the Clans that evolved after centuries of the study of how mankind is a part of the Earth and the Sky

Osages are fortunate for the solid Tribal structure that was formed centuries ago. That foundation of leadership became the organizational structure of Osage Nation providing ownership and protection of the Mineral Estate. Those things are the result of Osage elders of the past having an understanding of the concept of sovereignty.

October 25, 2011

Today, we have Women and Men that have both past and present knowledge of Osage, and we rely on their knowledge and guidance

Most of us have spent an evening listening and talking with our Elders. Those are good and important memories. I keep mental pictures of certain things that were described to me. One such picture is of an Osage Elder speaking, and young people listening. My mental picture includes a small flame that warms and lights the Elder’s lodge, during the cold winter months. A picture very similar to other Osages.

October 9, 2011

Cedar Creek brings positive memories of many friends and relatives of our family. Two of them are Eugene Standing Bear and Edward Lookout

On the road to Bartlesville, a few miles north and east of Pawhuska, Highway 60 crosses Cedar Creek. It is naturally a beautiful clear stream with ripples that create pools of water along its channel. The stream is lined with Cedar and other trees, and on the south side of one of the large pools there is a wall of huge boulders with a flat area between the wall and the pool. It is a natural camp site, and an old campsite.

Cedar Creek brings positive memories of many friends and relatives of our family. Two of them are Eugene Standing Bear and Edward Lookout.

June 23, 2011

As in the past, what we do with that future remains in our hands

The following is the opening of the Preamble to the Osage Nation Constitution that was ratified on March 11, 2006 and signed on May 6, 2006.

We the Wah-zha-zhe, known as Osage People,
having formed as Clans in the far distant past,
have been a People and as a People
have walked this earth and enjoyed the blessings of
Wah-kon-tah for more centuries than we truly know.

June 17, 2011

Our Mother taught us to always thank the Cooks

Several years ago Louis “Sonny” Cunningham came to see me. Sonny was a life long friend.

Sonny told me, “Aunt Minnie wants you to come to Wakon Iron Hall on Tuesday. Aunt Minnie and Momma are cooking. Aunt Josephine will be there too. Aunt Minnie thinks you should know how to build a fire.”

He was talking about Minnie James, Lillie Cunningham and Josephine Coshehe. Three ladies I had known since childhood.

I told Sonny I would be there.

March 22, 2011

I remember the day my father introduced me to John Joseph. Dad told him I had read some of his writing. I was surprised such a distinguished man was so open.

John Joseph Mathews dedicated the book, “The Osages: Children of the Middle Waters,” to his great-grandmother A Ci’n Ga, who was an Osage of the Buffalo Clan, and to his wife Elizabeth Palmour.

The Buffalo Clan blood flowing in the veins of John Joseph was not apparent in the tone of his complexion or in the color of his hair. However, Osage was abundantly present in his heart and mind and in his soul.  

February 23, 2011

When thinking of Indians of today there is a comfort in knowing each of our families have histories of strong elders that demonstrated behavior to follow

All Osage families have elders, ancestors and teachers. That is just another of the blessings of being a member of a tribe.

Should it be that those who we think of as elders have gone on to that better world, still we know we are fortunate to have known them. 

We all know when we gather as families or as a People, we call on our elders of the past, and we rely on their teachings. That is important because there are issues we face as a nation, and things we must take care of as tribal people.

June 7, 2010
Another chance of rain predicted this afternoon
June 7, 2010
Charles Red Corn remembers elections past while 18-year-old Emma Red Corn votes for the first time
October 19, 2009

Four Native American artists’ artworks picked by Obama family for White House

July 2, 2009

Osage writers tell of their inspirations at summit

Seven Osage writers honored by the Osage Nation at a June 24 summit each did readings from their work and described how their tribal heritage impacts their writing.

“Everybody has a different style,” said Carter Revard, who is a poet and Rhodes scholar. “I would say there is another process for Indian people… and the process is a long one,” he said of tribal history and culture.