Osage Foundation Accepts Freeman Ranch Charitable Gift

The Osage Nation Foundation, established in 2005 by the Osage Nation to serve as a charitable extension of the Nation and reconstituted in 2011, has formally accepted the 9,000-acre Freeman Ranch from a charitable trust established by Freeman Ranch owners Mark Freeman, Jr. and his wife Eleanor. The transfer became effective May 1.

The 9,000-acre working cattle ranch sits about 25 miles north of Pawhuska and runs north to the Kansas state line. Currently named MF Ranch, the property includes a small house on the south end of the land, a barn on the north and two barns on the south. Three corrals are located on the north, south and middle areas of the land.

The Osage Nation Foundation Board of Trustees approved the acceptance of the donation in a meeting in April as spelled out in a charitable gift agreement. The terms of the charitable gift agreement require the Foundation to honor two existing leases on the Ranch, to preserve it for cattle ranching and agricultural purposes, and to never sell the ranch.

Osage Nation Foundation Approves 2013 Arts Matching Grant for Osage Ballet

The Osage Nation Foundation has awarded a 2013 Matching Arts Grant to Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa for Wahzhazhe, Osage Ballet. The Osage Ballet has been invited to perform at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C with shows running from March 20th to the 23rd of 2013. Wahzhazhe was awarded a 2012 Arts Matching Grant and had surpassed their goal for the ballet after the first performance. According to Randy Smith, Wahzhazhe Director, “after the first performance, we began receiving phone calls for future performances from locations such as Kansas City to Washington, DC”.

The performances of August 2012 sparked positive reactions and conversations from attendees. Smith emphasized the reception of the ballet

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By the help of Osage Foundation Arts Grant, Osage designer displays creations to tribal members

From Osage News:

Wendy Ponca stirred emotions and creativity with her clothing collection at the Osage Tribal Museum, June 26.

More than 30 Osage tribal members and members of the public came to see Ponca’s collection, titled, “Wedding Clothes of the Earth and Sky People.” Her collection is her artistic interpretation of the Osage clan system and creation story.

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The exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of August.