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Elders Series: Beverly Wagoshe Kane

Beverly Wagoshe Kane, 85, lives in Pawhuska with her husband Francis Kane. They can be seen regularly attending mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska or attending evening mass in Hominy at Saint Josephs Catholic Church.

She is the granddaughter of John and Agnes (Bigheart) Wagoshe and the eldest of five daughters of Russell and Della (Perrier) Wagoshe. She has six children, 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

When she was a child she was given her Osage name by the late Chief Fred Lookout, but she can no longer remember it. She attended a Catholic school in Pawhuska on the Osage Campus, “the sister’s school.” She said she had the most fun with the other girls who attended school there. She attended high school at Chilocco Indian School and then nursing school in Houston, Texas.  

After she graduated, she joined the U.S. Navy and served her country as a nurse. After serving in the Navy she married her first husband Jerry Bledsoe, who is now deceased. Together they raised six children. She worked as a furniture factory worker and as a caregiver. Throughout her life, she has lived in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Osage News: How much has the world changed since you were young?

Beverly Kane: Indoor plumbing and bathrooms. Instead of growing your own food, I can go to the grocery store. We played hand games. There were no electronic games. Children didn’t sass their parents, if you did you got a willow switch across your backside.

News: Who is your hero?

Kane: John Wayne

News: What was the happiest moment of your life?

Kane: When I graduated from Chilocco High School.

News: Who, or what, did you love the most?

Kane: A true friend.

News: What is your favorite thing to do for fun?

Kane: Playing cards, Skip-Bo

News: What was your favorite decade and why?

Kane: The fifties and sixties. Loved to jitterbug, and the births of my six children.

News: What world events had the most impact on you?

Kane: The death of President John F. Kennedy

News: What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

Kane: To tell all my friends to enjoy themselves in my home, and to come anytime.

News: What is your motto?

Kane: “Backward never, Forward Ever”

News: What is your greatest regret?

Kane: If I could do things over, I would be a kinder person.

News: What is your greatest achievement?

Kane: My babies.


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2019-04-12 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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