Listen: 12-04-19 Perspective on the Osage reign of terror
"Book in the League character. John on Greg was twenty five years old in nineteen twenty four and it was an artist educated and traveled Europe studying art and had just returned about Husky from the trip when he arrives is he finds out there have been a lot of osage is being murdered. However in my dad's book the murders are there in the book? And but they're not at the forefront of forefront warfront are these young guys ages that are incredibly wealthy and could afford anything. They wanted the whites that lived around. Him resented them because they were the. Oh sages. Chauffeur's chauffeur's chefs landscapers horse trainers for their stable of racing horses. An but even though they they were wealthy. The young osage is like John. Greg goal the main character. They still take time to listen to their elders and they tried to live in two worlds much like say just do today like I do today. And they held on to their traditions in this help them get through this horrible time and this is the story in a pipe for February and why I bring up. His book is because this is written by an osage and this is written from an osage viewpoint and this is written from an osage viewpoint. They're going through the times in the nineteen eighteen twenties when this was happening. And there's a getting murdered so there's a what my dad was trying to show in his book. Is that those ages. Even though they were being murdered they were human beings and they actually you know we're living human beings that had traditional culture but they also lived in the modern world and and They're just not a background in in another book or background at a movie. These were real human beings and He he ran around lectured textured all over United States at different universities on it and But that's my dad's book and the the good thing about this book is that Oh sages or any person can hold onto their tradition and no matter what happens in this modern world. It can help them get through trying times times and our pleasure to have you here yet. I think that's important too of where a lot of the things that did happen. During this time ped- the time period were racially driven. or even the fact that murders were not investigated Information was falsified. And would you think a narrative or if something were to go to the screen would really need to show to give a true understanding understanding of the type of racism that existed even to the point where people feared their life of being native. Well well and as as I said you know my great grandfather. Raymond Red Cross senior. He was murdered in nineteen thirty one and my grandfather and his brothers they. They got an asked and try to get it investigated but because of the racism and cancer the the local you know as you say the local government government officials or local police. The local morgue all of the the doctors they all covered up no matter what happened with the murder order so they just didn't know who to trust. And and the like. I said the whites resented. The osage isn't very racist. osage is Because they didn't deserve the money that they had and they didn't and they resented having to work for the osage just so there was a lot of that going on you know during that time and even into as the caller called in you know it was still going on in the seventies and eighties and You know there's a lot of a lot of resentment a lot of racism. Well thank you for sharing Yancey. I WANNA add to the conversation too. We have Archie Mason with us out of Pasta Oklahoma a member of the osage nation Congress. Our our pleasure to have him here. osage member Archie. Thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me and archie with everything that's been shared. Of course we've just heard from two descendants anything you want to add about your connection to the truth this story how it still lives with the community. Okay fine thank you. I'm a of the Horse People here in the western side of of the Ho- sates where story is and then you two people in the stories of characters etcetera Here in Indian country throughout the country we have this Connection within ourselves as we are Descended if you will all of us are descendants of AH stories that That happened here. I for one Heard the stories heard these things my grandfather. who was that? Same Era I'm I'm a good Grateful seventy five years old so my grandfather I still remains. Mike said of the time that my grandfather grandmother lived through the the pretty bad things that it happened during a time that they were actually able to survive and live through these things and know all of these people that were involved back back in the day and so today The great worst people we we all are related if not directly by blood but I I love that. We're all related in the country. We have with us this relationship that we call ourselves brothers and sisters go on back and we remember the story so That's that's what I could lead off with my conversation to you and that's a very important Aspect to all of this because these aren't just stories that happened longtime ago. These are things that people are saying. That was my grandfather was my great grandfather. That's a close relation in understanding where some of those feelings come forward of what it meant to not have a grandfather because their life was taken because all of this and so when we have a story that it goes out that is so fresh that is so connected to the people who are still living today. do you know how does that change things in. What do you think about narratives like this going? Beyond our tribal nations will continue the conversation. Hang tight support for journalism that raises the awareness of child wellbeing. To citizens into policymakers provided. By the Annie E. Casey Foundation building a brighter future for children children families and communities information at eighty cf dot org support by prairie edge dot com where you can find a full selection of Pendleton Products Traditional Traditional Ledger. Art beadwork and quirk as well as a complete line of native books music and movies in rapid city or online at prairie edge dot com. 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Anything I WANNA share reach out you can even tweet it to us at one eight hundred nine native on twitter and you can even leave your comments directly on our website native native America calling dot com also where you can find an archive of this program and I do want to let you know that we did reach out to the author of the book killers of the Flower or Moon David Grann but we did not hear back from him by the beginning of our show But you know there's still time to join US and maybe if you're finding this David David later on you WanNa make some comments feel free reach out and so with us. Today we have Archie Mason a member of the osage nation Congress as well as Yancy. Red Corn The CEO CEO of the White Buffalo Co op and. Also here with us is Jim Gray a former principal chief of the OSAGE seach nation. Of course they are all members of the osage nation. Thank you gentlemen for being here with US and Archie wanted to hear your thoughts about just this kind of where this story me and up beyond the film Be In people's homes The story could you know. Be the first introduction people ever have to the usage people any thoughts. Well thank you up a feeling that I have personally with the with the story. Worry and again we always look at it. History wasn't history of our people are good or bad. It was a history that happened. And perhaps this film will enlighten those that are interested or or have a notion of of knowing a little bit more about not only just the he also is that there is there's histories out there that are inaccurate. And perhaps the film here. The story can put a little more accuracy in it. Those of us that heard these stories. the new of them in these locations near the circumstances of but the people involved here were indeed are our relations and those things that happen to them. That was that was not good in the places is that these things happened there in our memories and they're they're still there we can we see them constantly as we drive by and we know the things that occurred in. I don't murder happened here or a house used to be here. That was blown up in and who is in those kinds of stories because many of our our grandparents who did survive those times Remember they did have memories and sure those those with those memories of protest so I hope that The accuracy of of this story the accuracy of history of of Indian country can This might help And assist that we we get."