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Second Osage Nation Congress declares Jan. 9 ‘Olivia Deal Thompson Day’

Olivia Deal Thompson, an Osage with several years of government work experience turned 100 years old on Jan. 9 and the Second Osage Nation Congress marked the occasion by naming the day in her honor.

Thompson is the last living grandchild of Osage Chief James Bigheart and now resides in Norman. During the 12th Special Session held on Dec. 12, Congressman Archie Mason motioned for Jan. 9 to be declared “Olivia Deal Thompson Day.”

“Olivia was very busy through her life,” said Mason, adding that her work history includes the Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville and the Pawhuska office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs office where she worked in the areas of guardianship and headright payments.

Mason said Thompson also worked in Santa Monica, Calif., in the aerospace industry before retiring. Thompson worked alongside other active Osage government workers at that time, including Violet Willis and late Osage Tribal Councilwoman Camille Pangburn, he said.

The Congress unanimously approved the motion to declare the day in her honor and a written citation for “Olivia Deal Thompson Day.” Mason presented the citation to Thompson’s relatives, Jinx Guerin and Patricia Spurrier Bright, who attended that day.