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Our Stories Matter

Date: May 14, 2018

I spent most of April at Ragdale, a residency for writers and artists in Lake Forest outside of Chicago. Toward the end of my stay ...

Osage Minerals Council not interested in compacting BIA

Date: April 10, 2018

On Jan. 29, the Osage Minerals Council authorized legal counsel to research the pros and cons of contracting or compacting (PL 93-638) the Bureau of ...

Wakanda, Danai Gurira and Me

Date: April 1, 2018

Seeing “Black Panther” blew me away. My husband and I saw Marvel’s blockbuster in Astoria, Ore., with four other people at an early evening ...

Compacting the BIA, the Kentucky Derby and Black Gold

Date: March 7, 2018

During a special meeting, Jan. 29, the Osage Minerals Council discussed options to streamline the leasing process. One option discussed was to contract/compact (PL ...

Celebrating Osage Women

Date: March 5, 2018

On Friday, fifteen minutes before the Wak’on Owatsi tea was starting, I sat in my car on Prudom. I’d parked so I could ...

The Constitution and the Mineral Estate Part IV

Date: Feb. 13, 2018

All Osages are inexorably linked to individual(s) whose name appears on the 1906 Tribal Roll. We are one people connected through tribal, genetic, historic ...

Domestic Violence, overdose or suicide, we can help each other

Date: Feb. 1, 2018

My sister was in her fifties when she died of an overdose of methamphetamine in 2011. She died alone, separate from her little family.

When ...

The Constitution and the Mineral Estate, Part III

Date: Jan. 16, 2018

The 1994 Constitution was dissolved June 10, 1997, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10TH Circuit in Denver, according to “The ...

Reading John Joseph Matthews’ Wah’Kon-Tah

Date: Jan. 10, 2018

I’ve spent most of December in a cabin on Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound from Seattle. I’m a writer-in-residence at Bloedel Reserve, a ...

The Constitution and the Mineral Estate Part II

Date: Dec. 20, 2017

In continuing to think about our evolving relationship with the mineral estate and constitutions, I reviewed three documents. My understanding of these three documents is ...