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Osage Nation to form Register of Historic Places

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The Osage Nation will now have a list of its own Register of Historic Places.

On Aug. 11, Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear issued Executive Order No. 21-02, which gave authority to the Nation’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Dr. Andrea Hunter, the authority to establish and publish an Osage Nation Register of Historic Places, in accordance with the policies of the Osage Nation Cultural Preservation Act.

Hunter said her office is still in the beginning stages of establishing the register and she looks forward to moving forward on the initiative this coming year.

Other tribal nations have established their own registries of historic places. The Cherokee Nation established its own registry in 2019 by legislative act. According to their law, their registry is a way for the Cherokee Nation to “play a role in protecting Cherokee historical sites, it is essential that the Cherokee Nation expand its cultural resource preservation activities for future generations.”

In 2011, the Seminole Tribe of Florida also established a registry of historic places. According to their Tribal Historic Preservation Office website, the Seminole Tribe established their registry “to preserve exceptionally significant Seminole sites that do not meet the National Register of Historic Places criteria by creating criteria specific to the culture, history and beliefs of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.”

The National Register of Historic Places is an official U.S. government list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preserving for their historical significance. They are deemed significant in accordance to their value in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering or culture. The list is maintained by the Secretary of the Interior under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act.

For more information about the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office, visit their website at


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2021-09-29 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

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Twitter: @dutyshaw

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Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. 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. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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