Osage Nation 150th commemoration set for Oct. 22, 2022

As part of the planning process, the planning committee is seeking input from Osage constituents online to help shape the event’s details.


The Osage Nation is commemorating the 150th anniversary of its removal from Kansas to its present-day Oklahoma reservation lands on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

The Nation announced the forthcoming commemoration date along with the formation of a Sesquicentennial Planning Committee to start planning the historic occasion. A planning committee formation comes two months after the Seventh ON Congress approved a $100,000 appropriation request to the Nation’s Communications Department for conference and special event purposes.

In a news release, the Nation announced James Weigant, Executive Branch Deputy Director of Operations, is serving as committee facilitator with the Communications Department supporting event planning and promotions.

“We’re excited to continue planning for this celebratory event,” Weigant said in a statement. “There are so many things to consider and we want to make sure that all Osages are able to provide input while plans continue moving forward. ‘10/22/22’ has a nice ring to it.”

As part of the planning process, the planning committee is seeking input from Osage constituents online to help shape the event’s details.

Osage constituents are welcome to fill out and submit feedback forms online. The direct link to the Nation’s 150th commemoration feedback form: is https://forms.osagenation-nsn.gov/view.php?id=93436

One question asked on the feedback form reads: “It is the goal of the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) Planning Committee to make this event accessible to all Osages and plans to incorporate virtual participation. Please list any/all suggestions or special accommodations for consideration.”

According to The Osage Timeline researched by former Osage Tribal Museum Senior Researcher Lou Brock, the Osage Nation’s 100th Centennial Celebration took place on Sept. 30, 1972, in Pawhuska.

Brock’s research timeline notes on June 5, 1872: “The Osage are moved to the present-day Osage Nation in the Indian Territory, described and confirmed to them by an Act approved by (the U.S.) Congress; 1,470,934.44 acres are purchased by the U.S. Government from the Cherokee Nation at a cost of $1,099,137.41 (nearly 75 cents per acre).” 

The Nation said the 150th Planning Committee also comprises of ON employees including: Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Andrea Hunter, Language Department Director Vann Bighorse, Wahzhazhe Cultural Center Director Addie Hudgins, Museum Director Marla Redcorn-Miller and Human Resources Generalist Jane Perrier.

A former executive assistant in the Office of the Chiefs, Perrier has been instrumental in past Osage Nation Sovereignty Day events. The Nation’s Sovereignty Day annual holiday commemorates the 2006 reformed government approved by Osage voters that year. As planning progresses, the committee will present all plans to the Osage Nation Traditional Cultural Advisory Committee for review, the release noted. For more information on the Nation’s government services and language/ culture, visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov or www.osageculture.com


  • Benny Polacca

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    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.