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October 30, 2012

In the spirit of Halloween I am going to share a ghost story. We would love to hear one of yours.

I love a good ghost story. Always have. I used to read Stephen King, Dean Koontz and others until the wee hours of the morning. They can really tell a scary tale.

But I never thought I would find myself in a ghost story, one that involves a man, a little girl and a paranormal investigation team.

October 19, 2012

It will be exciting and a new beginning for the Pah.Sue.Li'n Ni.Ka.Zhi

The first thought that went through my mind when I found out the Grayhorse arbor would be torn down Monday was: I need to see it one last time.

So that’s what I did. My husband and I loaded up our six children (one is six weeks old), and we set off for Grayhorse.

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. 

June 4, 2012

The sun is out, Osages are happy and the rest of Election Day awaits.

Election Day has arrived and Osages are going to the poll to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

Rick Luttrell and Sonya Holloway were the first two Osage voters to arrive, signing in promptly at 8 a.m. Others soon followed, all seeming to be in jovial moods.

June 4, 2012

Kids were enjoying the snow cones, provided by candidate Hank Hainzinger, as evidenced by the many kids running around with purple lips

Election Day is winding down and I think everyone would agree that it is HOT outside.

The day had a high of 92 degrees with a humidity of 49 percent – which in Weather Channel terms, feels like 97 degrees.

Kids were enjoying the snow cones, provided by candidate Hank Hainzinger, as evidenced by the many kids running around with purple lips.

June 1, 2012

Polls show favorites for the race to be Jim Ryan, Matthew Shunkamolah, Nicki Revard Lorenzo and John F. Maker

If you put stock in online polls, which I don’t, but if you do then the three online Osage News Election Polls published throughout the month of May will show you four candidates who have continuously gotten in the top six.

They are Jim Ryan, Matthew Shunkamolah, Nicki Revard Lorenzo and John F. Maker.

May 30, 2012

The seventh proposed amendment will limit the number of terms a person may serve as Chief of the Osage Nation to three terms. A situation we have not faced in over a half-century.

In less than a week we will wrap up another election. We, as a People, will choose six among us to help guide our nation’s business and governmental affairs. Those are serious responsibilities, and it is apparent that we as citizens of the Osage Nation are taking those responsibilities seriously.

Already, many have cast absentee ballots and many others have set aside the day of Monday, June 4 to show up and mark their ballots in person. It is also a good day to visit some Election Day hospitality camps and see friends and relatives. 

May 16, 2012

I thought to myself “what in the world is ‘Buh?’ Do these Osages (and Kiowa) not know how to speak proper English?”

Growing up, the type of slang words I heard and learned on my reservation were “cheap,” “ussssh,” “eeeee,” “anyways,” and “eee-yah.”

But when I came to the Osage Nation, the slang I heard was like a foreign language.

I heard words like “Buh,” “Keen,” “Rugged,” “Esha,” and “The O.”

May 16, 2012

By making good decisions about whom we elect we can make it an even better government

Centuries ago our ancestors knew who they were and what was expected of them. There were groups of extended families that evolved into clans, and the clans made up a tribe.

Clans were there and accepted infants when infants were born. From the beginning of their lives those Old Timers knew who they were. Within their first year of life on this earth the clans gave each person a name with an identity. It was an identity born of Water, and Earth and of Sky.   

March 30, 2012

Incumbents, familiar faces and some new to run for a seat on the Third Osage Nation Congress

Potential candidates have until Monday (April 2) to make up their minds on whether or not they are going to run for a seat on the Third Osage Nation Congress.

In the 2010 Osage General Election 20 candidates filed for the Second Osage Nation Congress. This time around, as of noon on March 30 with a day-and-a-half to go, 17 Osages have filed.

There are still whispers of potential candidates but no one will know for sure until 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 2.

The 17 candidates are as follows, in alphabetical order:

January 26, 2012

Many of our people tell me they go to Pawnee or even the Kaw clinic for their healthcare, as they perceive the service at the Pawhuska IHS clinic to be inadequate

One of the benefits of Self-Governance Compacting is that our healthcare system would be under Tribal control. This will allow our elected officials to install experienced people in the proper leadership roles to administer these funds and services. A health plan could then be developed by Osages that contains Osage specific priorities and not one developed by Indian Health Service (IHS) in Rockville, Maryland, that consists of “pan-Indian” priorities.

January 5, 2012

The take home message is do not let your physician order a PSA test on you for prostate cancer screening until after discussing with you these new guidelines

As a physician who began practicing medicine before the advent of the PSA (prostatic specific antigen) test, as it became available I was delighted to find that there was now a test offered that could aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and help save the lives of my male patients who were destined to develop prostate cancer.

December 20, 2011

One year, I forget which year; it was a few nights before Christmas when Uncle Wakon told me about the first Christmas he remembered

Wa Ko’n Ti a’n, also known as Wakon Iron lived his life in the Pawhuska Village that we call Indian Camp. I knew him well and his passion in life was pretty much anything Osage.

Uncle Wakon was the younger brother of my Grandfather Tse Moi’n, who was born in 1886.  Both were the sons of Red Corn.

November 21, 2011

It’s my opinion as a Tribal citizen and that of others that the Osage Nation should proceed toward self-governance with the Indian Health Service for the benefit and improved health care of Osage Citizens

What is Self-governance in terms of health care and why should I know about it?

The term self-governance does not clearly convey its meaning as regards to the relationship between a federally recognized tribe and the United States government.

November 14, 2011

Other stories are of the many ways he enjoyed nature while simply ignoring his personal wealth and his preference for living outdoors

An Osage named Ho-to’n-moi’n was born during the month of July in 1863. In those days, all newborn Indian infants were given the first day of the month as their birth date for federal records. So, his birthdate is listed as July 1, 1863. 

November 3, 2011

Somewhere between the Thursday employee activities and a massage at the wellness center, I started looking for a place to hide so I wouldn’t have to leave

Imagine a world where at any time during the work day you can get up from your work station and take a swim, get a massage, get your hair cut or even go shopping from a store that is designed just for you.

A world where you can take a walk down any hallway of any building and look at the past and present Nike athletic superstars like Jim Thorpe, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Nolan Ryan and many more.

Well, in Beaverton, Ore., such a world exists and it’s called the Nike World Campus.

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.

September 28, 2011

It is a good and strong feeling when General Tinker’s song is sung at the Dances

When Tribal Singers begin to softly strike the I lo’n shka Drum to the beat of Major General Clarence Tinker’s song, all who are under the Arbor stand. It is one of several ways that we honor and pay tribute to a fallen Warrior.

September 19, 2011

The structure of the Clans enabled Osage People to live in harmony with nature

Centuries ago our ancestors lived under a complex and beautiful tribal organization that included the Clans. The structure of the Clans enabled Osage People to live in harmony with nature. If you were an Osage during that period of time you were either of the Sky People or you were of the Earth People. The life symbol of each Osage was either Earth or Sky.

August 30, 2011

I’m not much of a casino goer myself but the magnitude and sheer size of the Cherokee casino was incredible

Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. a group of people sit in benches around a campfire on Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee, N.C.

They spend the evening listening to stories told by a Cherokee traditional storyteller, it’s one of the many programs the tribe has to keep the people culturally intact.

I’ve grown up surrounded by many Native American lands; Navajo, Pueblos, Hopi, Apache and others, but never in my many travels have I seen a tribe that is so culturally rich than that of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

August 26, 2011

I was asked to follow the group of about 15 Osage parents, children and grandparents as they attended a cultural showcase held Aug. 24-27, more than 15 hours away

Three young Osages tossed their suitcases filled with streamers and broadcloths onto the Red Carpet bus.

They settled into the theater-like seats with some of their family members and hit the open road for the 2011 Festival of Native People in Cherokee, N.C.

I was asked to follow the group of about 15 Osage parents, children and grandparents as they attended a cultural showcase held Aug. 24-27, more than 15 hours away.

Seven Native American tribes in the country were invited to showcase some of their cultural and traditional dances.

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.