Community , Government

Osage Nation Sovereignty Day celebrates 13th anniversary of reformed government

2019 marks the 13th anniversary of the Osage Nation’s reformed government and its constitution.

In observance of Osage Nation Sovereignty Day, ON government offices will be closed Friday, March 15, including the Nation’s schools, Head Start, three fitness and wellness centers and the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center in Pawhuska.

On Saturday, March 16, the Nation will host its annual Sovereignty Day Dance in the newly built Skyline Event Center at the Tulsa Osage Casino Hotel.  

Gourd dancing starts at 2 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. followed by competition dancing. Dance categories include Men’s straight, fancy; Women’s buckskin, cloth; Teen straight, cloth; Junior straight, cloth; and Tiny Tots.

The ON government has celebrated Sovereignty Day each March to commemorate the reformed government and Osage Constitution approved by voters in 2006. The Osage Constitution has been amended three times by Osage voters in 2014, 2016 and 2017.