Former two-term Osage Tribal Councilwoman Rosemary Wood is joining the Osage News as a columnist on Osage energy matters.
“We have sorely needed someone to give our readers a unique perspective of the oil and gas industry and I believe that person to be Rosemary Wood,” said Osage News Editor Shannon Shaw Duty. “She can provide a historical context that few can and some of her column ideas she has already expressed to me are a breath of fresh air.”
Wood has served the Osage in various capacities over the years. She has been a grant writer for the Osage Nation and most notably served two four-year terms on the Osage Tribal Council from 1994-2002.
Wood graduated from St. John Hospital School of Nursing in 1963, the University of Oklahoma in 1965, and from Rutgers University in 1971 with a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing.
Along with her partner, Janice Kekahbah, Rosemary co-founded the American Indian Alaska Native Nurse’s Association (AINNA), according to her resume. Wood and Kekahbah conducted a research study for Indian Health Service regarding The Relationship between Deliverers and Consumers of Health Care Services. Wood taught at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Nursing. She worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Specialist at Central State Hospital in Norman, Okla.
According to her resume, Wood was the first American Indian to hold the position of Chief of the Nursing Branch IHS. She later became Special Assistant to the IHS Director. At Haskell’s request, Wood was detailed to upgrade Haskell’s Practical Nurse program to a Registered Nurse program.
Her Osage name is Ho^-Be-Do-Ka (Wet Moccasins), and she was born Sept. 4, 1939 to John Mosier Wood, full-blood Osage, and Lois Hunter Wood, Choctaw. When she was three years old, her father dressed her to dance under the old Wa.Ka.Ko.Li’n brush arbor.
She lives on originally allotted land and raises white face Hereford cattle in partnership with her nephew Justin Carr, grandson of T. J. Mercer.