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September 12, 2013

For that evening, the stress of balancing family needs and returning to work, of carrying baby weight, and answering to demands all melted away as we nurtured our basketball souls.

September 9, 2013

Osages knew what they were doing when they chose “Ni” as an important Osage Life Symbol for one third of the Osage People

Those Old Osages understood a great many things. Because, they studied the world around them they understood. 

The Wah Sha Zhi understood that daylight hours during the Moon known as Wa ca”tha bi  We da tha bi (December) start getting longer.

They understood that Wah Ko’n Ta had created all that was created.

August 12, 2013

Many people come around the Osage. Some stay and become Osage friends.

Over the century Osage People have experienced numerous interesting periods of tribal history, and each of those periods have brought interesting people to Osage Country. Did those interesting people become a part of the lives of the Osage People, or, did they just stir things up a little and then move on? 

October 19, 2012

It will be exciting and a new beginning for the Pah.Sue.Li'n Ni.Ka.Zhi

The first thought that went through my mind when I found out the Grayhorse arbor would be torn down Monday was: I need to see it one last time.

So that’s what I did. My husband and I loaded up our six children (one is six weeks old), and we set off for Grayhorse.

June 4, 2012

The sun is out, Osages are happy and the rest of Election Day awaits.

Election Day has arrived and Osages are going to the poll to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

Rick Luttrell and Sonya Holloway were the first two Osage voters to arrive, signing in promptly at 8 a.m. Others soon followed, all seeming to be in jovial moods.

May 30, 2012

Facebook, personal websites, Twitter and tumblr have changed the way candidates reach potential voters

The days when all Osage candidates had to do was put up a yard sign, send out a pamphlet and shake hands with potential voters are over.

As technology evolves everyday and new gadgets come out practically every week, Osage Candidates Olivia “Libbi” Gray, RJ Walker, Matt Shunkamolah and Jerri Jean Branstetter share how they are using today’s technology to campaign.

November 3, 2011

Somewhere between the Thursday employee activities and a massage at the wellness center, I started looking for a place to hide so I wouldn’t have to leave

Imagine a world where at any time during the work day you can get up from your work station and take a swim, get a massage, get your hair cut or even go shopping from a store that is designed just for you.

A world where you can take a walk down any hallway of any building and look at the past and present Nike athletic superstars like Jim Thorpe, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Nolan Ryan and many more.

Well, in Beaverton, Ore., such a world exists and it’s called the Nike World Campus.

May 16, 2011

The arbors were not as large as they are today, still, it took several trips to finish the job of gathering the branches and creating the cover needed for shade for the Dancers

We were children living sometimes out at the farm, and sometimes in the Pawhuska Indian Camp. It was summer time and the kids in Indian Camp would play all day long. Many times we would walk over to the dance ground and play I lon shka.

May 9, 2011

We attended the Northern California Osages meeting along with a group that provided updates concerning mineral shares, pending cases, new Osage congressional legislation, answer questions, talk about community – and the reason why I was there – language

For those of you privy to the music of L.L. Cool J, you know how keen that song is and how very fitting and appropriate that “hook” is for a blog title. Yet, as I write this blog, I was not in a black corvette, did not push play and did not play in the sun. C’mon, I was there on official business folks, but having been there many times before, I could claim ownership of that hook.

April 18, 2011

Although I was not born in Oklahoma I consider myself to now be an Oklahoman with my very own tornado story

At about 6:15 p.m. last Thursday I was sitting in the spare bathroom of my two-bedroom apartment with my little white cat and a backpack filled with crackers and cat food.

Hours before that I was joking with my coworkers listening to their tornado stories, never realizing that my very first tornado story was about to unfold.

It all started at about 3 p.m., when my coworker shared a severe weather alert he read on the Internet.

The wind picked up, the dark clouds darkened over our office in downtown Pawhuska and it started to sprinkle.

April 13, 2011

Always wearing a traditional cloth skirt and a woman’s shirt and moccasins, she was an interesting and striking figure

What Osage doesn’t have an Aunt Mary? I had several aunts, two of them were actually named Mary. The younger of the two was aunt Mary Gray Pratt, my mother’s eldest sister. Her name was Wy a sha she me tsa he and she was of the Deer Clan. She died of cancer when she was 29. It is true she died before I was born, but to say I did not know her would be inaccurate.  

April 12, 2011

So . . . a Kaw, Quapaw, Osage, Omaha and Ponca walk into a conference together . . .

So . . . a Kaw, Quapaw, Osage, Omaha and Ponca walk into a conference together . . . sounds like the beginning of a crazy joke, right? The point is, all of those tribes mentioned above are all part of the Dhegiha Siouxan language group. Meaning: we all speak variations/dialect of the same language. Awesome blossom right? I think so too.   

April 8, 2011

Being a Native American myself I believe in the importance of preserving culture

I spent day four of the Carden Bottoms Excavation being a sponge.

I absorbed any and all information I came across and it made me think of something an Osage participant said to me on the very first day – you never stop learning.

I didn’t realized how right she was until today.

I learned just how important the excavation is, who it was important to and for what reasons.

It took a lot of exploring, a little bit of digging and much understanding to figure it out, but I think I got it.

April 7, 2011

Often times, things aren’t what they appear to be.

Often times, things aren’t what they appear to be.

When it comes to archeology, experts aren’t new to this but I sure am.

I was convinced that technology has changed the field for the better but, though in most cases it has, the projections from the remote sensing equipment can be interpreted differently.

Day three started out fine.

I spent some time in what was projected to be a reverie.

April 6, 2011

Yesterday, I decided to jump right in and get my hands and knees dirty

Every morning I wake up at 6 a.m.

April 5, 2011

Osage News staff writer Sunnie Clahchischiligi is in Russellville, Ark., this week covering the Carden Bottoms Excavation archeological dig. Read her daily blog of experiences here on

Everything I saw in the Jurassic Park movies was wrong.

March 25, 2011

We have so many talented writers among our people; calling all Osage writers, this is a perfect forum for you!

I would like to share a poem with you instead of a traditional blog this month. In fact, I wish more Osage writers would share their artistic works. We have so many talented writers among our people; calling all Osage writers, this is a perfect forum for you!

Tha^.tse Xo - Broken Heart

March 22, 2011

I remember the day my father introduced me to John Joseph. Dad told him I had read some of his writing. I was surprised such a distinguished man was so open.

John Joseph Mathews dedicated the book, “The Osages: Children of the Middle Waters,” to his great-grandmother A Ci’n Ga, who was an Osage of the Buffalo Clan, and to his wife Elizabeth Palmour.

The Buffalo Clan blood flowing in the veins of John Joseph was not apparent in the tone of his complexion or in the color of his hair. However, Osage was abundantly present in his heart and mind and in his soul.  

February 24, 2011

Never in a million years did I think I would end up visiting Oklahoma, let alone live in Oklahoma

As a youngster my parents would load my niece and I up in the roomiest vehicle we had and we’d hit the open road for a summer vacation.

My parents didn’t have much when they were growing up so they did all they could and more to get my niece and I a taste of the world outside of the Navajo reservation.

One summer, when I graduated from high school, we took our first trip to Oklahoma. We traveled to Oklahoma City to visit the National Memorial and Museum and eventually made our way south on the 35 to Dallas, in the dead of summer.

February 23, 2011

When thinking of Indians of today there is a comfort in knowing each of our families have histories of strong elders that demonstrated behavior to follow

All Osage families have elders, ancestors and teachers. That is just another of the blessings of being a member of a tribe.

Should it be that those who we think of as elders have gone on to that better world, still we know we are fortunate to have known them. 

We all know when we gather as families or as a People, we call on our elders of the past, and we rely on their teachings. That is important because there are issues we face as a nation, and things we must take care of as tribal people.

February 7, 2011

Why is it important to learn the Osage language? Well, I for one am certainly privy to the delicate nature of this beast

Why is it important to learn the Osage language? Well, I for one am certainly privy to the delicate nature of this beast. I am an instructor for the language program, which gives me cause on a daily basis to ponder such a question. And in my experience, our language is seriously taken for granted.

Legally, we are not a tribe if we are without language and culture, which the two in some instances are mutually exclusive.

January 30, 2011

There is something good about being Osage

There is something good about being Osage. It is something I seem to have difficulty putting into words while knowing for certain it is real.

When reaching for an understanding of ourselves it is not necessary to compare ourselves with other people. After all, this is not a contest. Rather, for many of us it is simply a personal search to find a meaningfulness in life.