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2019 Year in Review

JANUARY

SCOTUS to consider Osage Wind case on Jan. 4

The U.S. Supreme Court will start 2019 by weighing whether to take up an appeal tied to a controversial Osage County wind farm project.

Second Osage language app ‘Sonny Goes to School’ now available

A second Osage language app is now available for download to both Apple and Android devices. 

Osage family grateful for outpouring of support in wake of devastating house fire

OJ and Caron Littlecook entered the Osage Nation Police Department the morning of Dec. 20 hand-in-hand. They were there to pick up a free refurbished Dell computer from the North Pole Computer Project which gives computers to families at Christmas. They were one of seven families to receive a computer this year from the ONPD.

FEBRUARY

Rencountre makes history as he wins his first UFC match in Brooklyn

Chance Rencountre has made history. He is the first Osage, male or female, to win a match in the UFC as a professional fighter. He is also the first UFC fighter to carry his Native American nation’s flag into the UFC Octagon.

Nation continues water rights negotiations with state of Oklahoma

The Osage Nation is continuing its negotiations with the state of Oklahoma over water rights in the county. The negotiations, expected to take up to two to three years, have been conducted in meetings between Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and his legal team and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and his legal team. Standing Bear said the two entities have been meeting almost monthly since late 2017 and their last meeting was Dec. 6.

SCOTUS declines to hear Osage Wind case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear arguments in Osage Wind LLC vs. Osage Minerals Council, thus setting the stage for the tribe to potentially collect damages from a controversial energy project. 

Osage Language and culture highlighted at Scissortail Children’s Festival

JENKS — Osage language and culture took center stage as part of the pre-inaugural festivities for Oklahoma’s new governor. Both the Osage Language Immersion School and youth with the Osage Ballet were among the groups on the agenda for the Scissortail Children’s Festival on Jan. 12 at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

MARCH

Osage Casinos hosts first concert in new Skyline Event Center

If Facebook is any indication, Osage tribal members had a blast at Osage Casinos' first concert in the new Skyline Event Center.

Osage Casinos hosted rock bands Goo Goo Dolls and Better Than Ezra to a sold-out show of 2,000 on Feb. 16. Con- cert attendees enjoyed a 25 percent discount on their hotel stay at Osage Casinos for attending the concert.

BIA places Osage Nation Tulsa Airpark property into trust

Ninety-eight acres of the Osage Nation’s Tulsa Airpark property has been signed into trust. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear signed a warranty deed to place the 98 acres into trust on Feb. 11 in the Executive Branch conference room in Pawhuska.

Federal appeals court to hear tribes’ lawsuit against the FCC in March

More than 20 tribes, including the Osage Nation, will get their day in court this spring to attempt to block an order from the Federal Communications Commission they claim ignores tribal consultation requirements.

OSU adds Osage Nation citizen J.K. Hadlock to basketball roster

STILLWATER, Okla. — Grayhorse is about to get a little more orange.

On Feb. 21, the Oklahoma State University athletic department officially added Osage Nation citizen J.K. Had- lock to the school’s basketball roster just in time for the Cowboys’ road trip to league-leading Kansas State University. 

APRIL

The Osage Nation is ‘exploring all options’ when it comes to Industrial Hemp

The Osage Nation is considering the Industrial Hemp industry after last year’s passage of the Farm Bill. The updated law officially removes hemp from the federal controlled substances list, thus opening the door for tribes.

Osage Gaming Commission approves standards for roulette at Tulsa Osage Casino

The Osage Nation’s Gaming Enterprise is another step closer to offering live roulette at the Tulsa Osage Casino Hotel after the Nation’s Gaming Commission

approved two sets of game standards on March 6.

Federal appeals court considers FCC’s wireless streamlining order

Attorneys for more than 20 tribes challenging an order over cell phone towers made their case to a three-judge appellate panel on March 15.

Talon Satepauhoodle signs with Omaha semipro football team

Determination and perseverance are definitely in Talon Satepauhoodle’s playbook.

“The Omaha Beef gave me a contract after I sent them my highlights from Bacone [College],” he said. “They liked what they saw, and they actually emailed me their contract about three, maybe four times in two days.”

MAY

Chief Standing Bear delivers 2019 Osage State of the Nation during Hun-Kah Session

The 2019 Hun-Kah Session commenced with the Osage Nation’s State of the Nation delivered by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. On March 25, Standing Bear said the Nation’s enrollment “is growing at a remarkable pace” with the membership count at 21,675, which is an increase of 513 Osages from last year’s reported figure in his 2018 State of the Nation address. Standing Bear said the increase in Osage enrollment represents a 21 percent growth rate in the past five years.

Congress passes amendments to Health Benefit Fund to counteract fraud

Reports of Osages spending their Health Benefit Fund on car stereos, groceries, vacations, hotel rooms and other non-health related expenses prompted the Sixth Osage Nation Congress to act. 

Tillman elected Congressional Speaker, Stabler elected Second Speaker

Joe Tillman is the new Osage Nation Congressional Speaker and Paula Stabler is the Second Speaker after both were elected to the posts for the first time by their Sixth ON Congressional peers on April 23.

Osage Nation mourns passing of artist and historian Romaine Shackelford

Romaine Bernard Shackelford, Osage veteran, artist of the Osage Nation’s seal, historian and beloved elder, passed away at his home in Pawhuska on April 1 surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90.

JUNE

Grayhorse Cemetery in spotlight after local news coverage

Grayhorse Cemetery is colorful on Memorial Day as Osages decorate their loved ones’ graves with flowers and flags. Mostly unchanged over the past 100 years with the exception of new gravesites, the cemetery is a quiet, peaceful place with a long history in the Osage community. On May 9, a news article on Tulsa’s KJRH virtual channel 2 titled “Osage County photographer looking to stop vandalism at cemetery,” featured a woman named Sherry Carter who said she had seen evidence of recent vandalism there.

Minerals Council to file trespassing charges on wind company

The Osage Minerals Council is taking a step towards pushing Enel out of Osage County. At its May 15 meeting, the Osage Minerals Council voted unanimously to request Osage Agency Superintendent Robin Phillips to file trespassing charges against Enel regarding its wind turbines that are still up in Osage County after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its appeal. 

UOSC attendees hear government, culture updates from Osage Nation officials

CARLSBAD, Calif. – A clear sunny day near the Pacific Ocean provided the landscape for the United Osages of Southern California spring gathering held here for the region’s Osages to enjoy the camaraderie and updates from the Osage Nation.

Osage Nation lowers flags to half-staff in mourning of Capt. Richard Luttrell

The Osage Nation mourned the passing of WWII Veteran Capt. Richard Luttrell by lowering all flags on the Nation’s campus to half-staff on May 10.

JULY

Scorsese’s production team visits the Osage Nation

In the early morning hours of May 29, a woman with pinkish-red streaks in her hair stood in front of the Superintendent's building on the Osage Nation campus. She had a small sketch pad and was gazing intently at the empty building that used to house the Indian Agents of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Osage News gets a new look

Editor Shannon Shaw Duty asked the News’ page designer Sherry Stinson, of Bartlesville-based Tyler Creative, to redesign the newspaper masthead for the purpose of showcasing the Osage culture.

Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Clinic earns accreditation

The Osage Nation’s Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is now accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Osage Congress passes $250K appropriation to design ON Museum expansion

Plans to expand and improve the Osage Nation Museum will move toward the design process after the Sixth ON Congress approved a $250,000 appropriation bill to fund the conceptual design work with the hopes donors will fund its construction later. 

AUGUST

Gov. Stitt taking hard line with tribes over gaming compacts

In what normally takes years to negotiate, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is giving Oklahoma tribes less than five months to renegotiate their gaming compacts that have been in existence for nearly 15 years.

Osage cultural stories to be incorporated into Daposka  Ahnkodapi curriculum

In an age where Native American communities across Oklahoma are making efforts to incorporate accurate tribal history into the state curriculum, the Osage Nation’s Daposka Ahnkodapi is integrating Osage history and cultural stories. 

Chance Rencountre wins second UFC match in Las Vegas

By unanimous decision, Osage professional fighter Chance Rencountre won his second UFC match on July 6 in Las Vegas.

Osage Casino breaks ground on second Tulsa casino hotel tower

TULSA, Okla. – Eleven months following the opening of the newest and largest Osage Casino Hotel property here, casino management and Osage Nation officials gathered again to celebrate the groundbreaking on a second hotel tower.

SEPTEMBER

Martin Scorsese meets with Chief Standing Bear about ‘Killers of the Flower Moon

Famed Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and his team met with Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear today for two-and-a-half hours in the Executive Conference room on the Osage Nation campus.

Six tribes come together with one purpose: Language Preservation

QUAPAW, Okla. – The organizers for the annual Dhegiha conference only planned for 150 participants, but more than 200 came.

Standing Bear shares presentation on Scorsese visit at Osage Impact gathering

Nearly one month after Hollywood film director Martin Scorsese visited the Osage Nation, Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear provided more updates related to the upcoming filming of “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

National Portrait Gallery acquires portrait of Shonke Mon thi^ by artist Ken Gonzales-Day

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announces the acquisition of a photograph of the bust of Shonke Mon thi^, who was a prominent warrior and spiritual leader of the Osage people and hereditary Chief of the Pa tso li^ Big Hill Band at the turn of the 20th century. This work by Latino artist Ken Gonzales-Day was first displayed by the Portrait Gallery in “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales Day and Titus Kaphar,” which was presented as part of the museum’s 50th-anniversary exhibition program.

Tribes win in federal appeals court against FCC

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has determined that the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to de-regulate small cell phone deployments – and leave tribes out of the process – is arbitrary and capricious.

OCTOBER

Osage Nation wins historic NAGPRA battle for Missouri remains

It’s been a six-year battle for the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office to gain possession of remains and funerary objects the National NAGPRA Review Committee ruled were Osage in 2015.

Osage Congress approves $4.5million for health benefit for elders

In the first of several approved appropriation bills during the Tzi-Zho Session, the Sixth Osage Nation Congress passed a $4.5 million appropriation bill to fund the health benefit fund for direct assistance to Osage elders.

Osage Nation Attorney General resigns after arrest

Holli Wells has resigned as the Osage Nation’s Attorney General following an arrest for Driving Under the Influence. According to the Pawhuska Police Department report, Wells was pulled over by officers on Sept. 16 around 2:30 a.m. She was spotted driving without her vehicle’s lights on and swerving over the center line on Lynn Avenue and then again on Main Street, heading east toward Kum & Go.

Tzi-Zho Session opens with stress on priorities for FY 2020 budgets

As the Sixth Osage Nation Congress meets for its 2019 Tzi-Zho Session, Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued a recommendation that the Legislative Branch “exercise extra caution” as they consider various 2020 fiscal year budget appropriation bills.

NOVEMBER

Grayhorse community wants to meet with filmmaker Martin Scorsese

FAIRFAX, Okla. – If a film is being made about the systematic murder of Osages from the Grayhorse District, then that story should be told by Gray-horse Osages. That was the message from an Oct. 13 meeting attended by 85 people from the Grayhorse community.

Daposka Ahnkodapi receives glowing review from Advance Ed

With a glowing review in hand, Daposka Ahnkodapi is one step closer to earning full accreditation.

Clint Patterson appointed as ON Attorney General

Clint Patterson is now serving as Osage Nation Attorney General after taking his oath of office on Oct. 7 at the tribal courthouse.

Amendments to strengthen the Osage Nation’s Independent Press Act signed into law

The Osage News is now operating with additional legal protections. By a 10-1 count, the Osage Nation Congress approved ONCA 19-78 on Sept. 27, thus amending the tribe’s In-dependent Press Act to establish a shield act, create alternate seats on the editorial board and guarantee a continued funding source for the newspaper.

DECEMBER

Land of the Osages Research Center opens in Central Missouri

GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. – Thanks to a partnership between the Osage Nation and the University of Missouri, the newly named Land of the Osages Research Center is dedicated to the Nation and now open to provide an outdoor classroom for studying agroforestry. 

Director Martin Scorsese meets with the Grayhorse Community

Much like an Inlonshka Committee Dinner, members of the Grayhorse District lined up around Wakon Iron Hall and one-by-one, from elder to small child, Oscar-winning Di-rector Martin Scorsese shook hands and introduced himself to the nearly 200 Osages in attendance.

New album in works for young recording artist after NAMA win

Ava Rose Johnson, the youngest artist to win a Native American Music Award at the age of 12, has a busy winter and spring ahead of her. After her Nov. 2 win in Niagara Falls, N.Y., at the 19th Annual Native American Music Awards for Best Independent Recording for her video “Heaven’s Window,” she is currently in the songwriting process and gearing up to travel to Albuquerque, N.M., where she will record another video.

Gray testifies about MMIW to Oklahoma House Government Efficiency committee

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House of Representatives is one step closer to attempting to address the number of missing and murdered Indigenous people statewide.