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Osage Nation to mark anniversary of removal from Kansas

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The year 2022 marks the Sesquicentennial, or 150th year, of the Osage removal from Kansas to the present-day Osage Reservation.

The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee met recently and selected Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, as the commemoration date. The planning committee consists of Osage Nation employees: 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.

Perrier has been instrumental in past Osage Nation Sovereignty Day events. Deputy Director of Operations James Weigant is serving as committee facilitator, with the Osage Nation Communications Department supporting event planning and promotions.

The committee will seek input from Osage Nation constituents via web form to help shape event details. As planning progresses, the committee will present all plans to the Osage Nation Cultural Advisory Committee for review.

“We’re excited to continue planning for this celebratory event,” said Osage Nation Deputy Director of Operations James Weigant. “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.”

The Sesquicentennial Committee will continue to provide updates as planning progresses. The Osage Constituent feedback form is available at osagenation-nsn.gov and osageculture.com. The direct link is https://forms.osagenation-nsn.gov/view.php?id=93436.