The Osage Tribal Museum takes pride in delivering the most current and quality information for our people, and for everyone interested in our history.  When a child is able to take its first step, that is the only first "first step" that child will take, and many parents want to preserve that memory forever on film, tape, or proudly preserve it in their mind.  Our museum took that "first step" back in 1938, by being the first tribally-owned museum in the United States, and we are very proud of that!  We are fortunate to have a 14-minute documentary from that opening of the museum, including the parade.  (The tape starts out saying it's May 8, 1938, which it is actually May 2, 1938.)

Our goal is always to inform, teach and, especially, learn from our yesterdays, by documentation and of oral histories by those who were there to tell it, and have the children pass it on to the next generations both today and tomorrow!


The documents that you may click on on this page shows:

  • Wendy Ponca Fashion Show (June 26, 2013)  New!
  • Osage Ten Program (April 28, 2012)
  • History of the Osage Drum Keepers - This is a fun assignment for everyone to fill in the blanks, so that we will have a complete list of all drumkeepers for all three districts.  If you have both names and years to fill in, please call the museum, or email us at  If you happen to have a complete list of everyone from a particular year (or years) and their positions, we'd love to start a collection of those...even if they're handwritten!  (Thanks to Debra Atterberry, Vann Bighorse, Sidonie Cannon, Nelson Carter, Tincy Irons Fish, Scott George, Joe Keene, Matthew Littleton, Sammy Lookout, Christina Mashunkashey, Kelly McFee, Kristin Pratt and many, many others for their assistance in this project.)
  • Update:  We wish to thank Billy Keene starting the question on Facebook's "Osage Community for Responsible Citizenry" regarding the drum keepers.  We have several names that have been mentioned, but no specific years.  We wish to list the names that have been mentioned so far, and if anyone has specific years, we will add them to the spreadsheet.  Here we go: 
  • For the Grayhorse district, John Williams, Sr., Cody Tucker (both 1960s - We cannot confirm the actual dates, at this time).
  • For the Hominy district, Rhonda Ridge (We cannot confirm her dates, at this time), William Shunkamolah (We show him 2009-present), Billy Proctor (We show him 2007-08), Lance Goodfox (We show him 2004-06), Louis Dailey (We show him 2000-03), ML Clark (We show him 1993-97); Allen Shannon (We show him 1992); Tony Whitehorn (We show him 1984-86); Amos Shadlow Jr. (We show him 1983); Mike Hopper (We show him 1972-77); Charles Pratt (We show him 1963-66).
  • For the Pawhuska district, George Stabler (We show George Stabler, Sr. 1989-91 and George Stabler, Jr. 2011-present), Bruce Cass (2007-10), Cameron Rumsey (We show him 2003-06), Eli Red Eagle (We show him 1998-2002), Matt Littleton (We show him 1992-97).


  •  A great story of Ryan RedCorn appears in the BARTLESVILLE MAGAZINE, Winter, 2009 edition (Vol. 3, No. 3). Article and Cover courtesy Langdon Publishing.  All rights reserved.
  • John Joseph Mathews tribute booklet by the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) - November 17, 2009.
  • The 1906 Allotment Act
  • The Osage 25-Year Strategic Plan - September, 2007
  • Pierce St. John Cemetery
  • The 2006 Osage Constitution
  • The Osage Tribal Council elected leaders from July, 1906, until June 30, 2006.  Also included is a cross-reference sheet, displaying the leaders, their titles (Principal Chief, Asst. Principal Chief, and Councilman), when they served, what numbered Tribal Council they served on and those leaders who were appointed that were not elected, due to resignations or untimely passings of the elected official.
  • A list of our Osage Veterans from World War IWorld War II and the Korean War.  We will have Osage veterans listed from other wars when they become available, but we salute them ALL!
  • The Osage Minerals Council elected leaders from July 1, 2006 to present, and a cross-reference sheet.
  • The elected Osage Nation Executive, Legislative and appointed Judicial members from July 1, 2006 to present and two cross-reference sheets (Executive and Legislative, Judicial).
  • A history of our Headright Payments since 1880 (updated May 10, 2013). The information on these payments is not new, as it has been public record for years.  In 2006, it was made available, for the first time, in spreadsheet form.  The amounts are not adjusted for inflation; these are the exact amounts shown as they were paid out, per headright.  For those unfamiliar with how this works, here's an example.  Using the headright payment from September, 2007 ($6,495), if the shareholder holds a quarter headright (0.25), multiply the headright payment of $6,495 times (X) 0.25.  Therefore, the shareholder received $1,623.75.  We will update the spreadsheet every three months (February, May, August, November), as soon as the new headright share price is verified.


(1880 to Present Without Inflation)

2012 Ranks #1 in all-time actual annual headright payments
(Updated November 16, 2012)


(1880 to Present With Inflation Using 2013 $)

2012 Ranks #29 out of 133 years 

using inflation factor

(Updated January 11, 2013)


  Summary of Shareholder Report (Updated May 13, 2013)

Finally, we'd like to direct your attention, regarding the story, entitled "The Story of the Spider" and a beautiful poem, entitled "Living in the Holy Land".  The poem was written by famed author and poet Carter Revard (who graciously gave us permission to post it here), and read at the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in St. Louis, in September, 2006.  Both stories are very inspirational and thought-provoking, and we are very pleased to share these with the entire world.


There will be more fascinating documents on this page, so stay with us on this Osage Tribal Museum website.