Nov 272013


Real Photo Postcard, 1917

Written in ink on the back: “Genva McQuain. Lewis Redeagle, Willie Bigheart. Osage Indians. Friends of mine at O.I.S. 1917” These handsome young scholars attended O.I.S. (the Osage Indian Government School (1912-1953) in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

The first federal government sponsored school to educate and civilize the Osages was Harmony Mission in Bates County Missouri, 1821 – established at the request of the tribe and implemented by Protestant missionaries. During its existence the school did not make many Christians or turn warriors into agriculturists, but even the old buffalo hunting Osages were interested in having their children educated.

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  One Response to “Lewis Red Eagle and Willie Bigheart – Students at Osage Indian School – 1917”

  1. Good Evening! My name is Rachel Morrow. I’ve been reading articles and looking a pictures on your website.
    My Mom is a descendant of the Osage People. After my Mom passed away, my siblings and I inherited her shares of the “oil-rich” land that has been in my Family for many generations.
    I enjoy your website so very much and forward articles/pictures to my siblings. Our Family has almost died out completely. Reading your articles reminds of the stories I heard from my Grandmother as a child. Thank you for your hard work in keeping this information out there for the dwindling Osage members in my Family.
    My regards,
    Rachel S. Morrow

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