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The Osage, 200 Years After Lewis & Clark

This mural depicts the orgins of the Osage tribe. (KWMU photo)

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

Osage County, Oklahoma –

Since launching near St. Louis last month, the Lewis and Clark commemorative flotilla has traveled more than 200 miles up the Missouri River. Like the original expedition, the band of re-enactors is traveling through lands that were once home to the Osage Indians.

The Osage was the most prominent tribe in Missouri 200 years ago. But the Louisiana Purchase marked the beginning of the end for the Osage's traditional lifestyle.

In the early 19th century, the tribe turned over its lands to the United States. Today, most of the Osage live on a reservation in Oklahoma.

KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports on the legacy of the Osage Nation.


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