Northern California Osage Spring Meeting:
Saturday, March 23rd from 9AM – into the evening at the Petaluma KOA Recreation Hall.

Come meet and greet and learn from our Osage Cultural Division Directors:
Vann Bighorse, Cultural; Mograin Lookout, Language; Dr. Andrea Hunter, Historic Preservation; Lee Collins, Social Services; Rebecca Brave, NAGPRA/Graves Protection coordinator, Cherise Lookout, Education Outreach, and Joe Tillman, Cultural Division Leader.

For the first time, our Osage Cultural Directors are visiting California from Oklahoma and bringing a variety of cultural & craft activities and historical & informational presentations that can benefit all Osages. Supplies for moccasin (hom-pe) making and ribbon work class time will be provided. Bring a potluck dish to share, all Osages and their families are welcome.

Some lodging suggestions:

Petaluma KOA (at the meeting site)
Petaluma Best Western
Petaluma Quality Inn


We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about our potluck picnic on Saturday. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan of the Osage News has posted photos for all to enjoy.

Saturday, October 20th
10 am-5 pm
Lake Temescal Park
6500 Broadway
Oakland (near the intersection of Hwy 24 and Hwy 13).

Meet at the Landvale picnic site: Map at: Park on the street or in the north entrance lot $5.

Come meet fellow Osages; bring a potluck dish to share; all are welcome. Check for meeting updates and list meeting of speakers/ events at!/groups/46460923890/

Save the dates! April 28th & 29th, the United Osages of Southern California & Northern California Osage groups will each be hosting a spring meeting for Osage Nation officials and election candidates in both southern and northern California.

Saturday April 28th, United Osages of Southern California, doors open 9:30am. Meeting location: 1806 South Horne Street, Oceanside California. Closest airport: Lindberg Field, San Diego. Contact for southern CA Osages: 760-500-2266 or william.r.myers@us,

Sunday April 29th, Northern California Osage, 9am to 5pm. Meeting location: Red Lion Hotel, 150 Hegenberger Road, Oakland. Closest airport: Oakland Airport, Oakland.

In addition to the Osage candidates Ryan Red Corn/ the 1491s will make a virtual presentation of some of their film work. Box lunch $16. RSVP with check to “NCO” by Apr. 20. Send to Karen Elliott, 82 Jess Avenue, Petaluma, CA. 94952. Contact info for northern CA Osages: For meeting updates please friend the “Northern California Osage” on Facebook and visit the website

The Northern California Osage (NCO) steering committee needs your input to plan Osage art and cultural events for the 2012 NCO meetings. Please take the time to answer these questions and/or make any comments or questions. Your answers will help us provide an expanded variety of meeting components and aid us in finding funding sources. Take the survey at

Haway Northern California Osage!

Meeting Place:
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
Oakland, CA

Meeting time:
9:00 PM -5:00 PM Saturday
October 15, 2011

Lunch served (included with dues) and will include one traditional Osage dish from 12:15 – 1 PM

We are planning a raffle so please bring raffle items!

On the Agenda:

  • Mary Elizabeth Ricketts will speak about being Head Cook for the I’n-Lon-Schka
  • J.R. Ricketts of the Osage Membership Dept. will speak about Membership procedures
  • Keir Johnson will give a short presentation on an Osage Seed Bank and seed preservation
  • Osage Language presentation from the Osage Language Program
  • Minerals Council information and the Cobell settlement
  • Nanette Kelley will talk about the survey and grant writing
  • Raffle!
  • Time for socializing to let our members get to know one another
  • + TBA

Please RSVP by emailing or call Melani King at (510) 620-9063

The meeting will be held October 15 at Humanist Hall in Oakland. The agenda and details will be posted soon!

We had in excess of 60 participants at our recent meeting in Petaluma. We might need to get a bigger room next time and we’re looking into other geographical locations. From the organizers point of view, it was rewarding and satisfying to see so many of you. Thank you for your participation!

Your feedback was very positive and we took your suggestions to heart. We will make sure that we have some audio amplification for our guest speakers. We also like to close future meetings with a little more time for your feedback and to encourage everyone to stay for a group photo if everyone will stand still that long.  Perhaps we could have a photo break in mid-afternoon when attendance is highest. It has always been a mystery to us to how many people would actually show up for our meetings and we’re happy to report that almost everyone that RSVP’d actually was able to make it. It really helps us to plan the venue and the meals.

We are eager to build up our attendance at these meetings and we are working to find interesting agenda items or activities that appeal to the majority of our members.

Ideas for Future Meetings
We have some input from people about ideas for future NCO meetings. If any of them seem more interesting than others we would love your feedback OR if you have other ideas, please send them along to us via email or fax, contact information below.

Here are some ideas we are thinking about in no particular order:

Hand Game (traditional gambling game with singing and dancing – some say it teaches intuition), How to cook a traditional Osage Meal, A Northern Calif. Osage Drum Group?, Osage Ceremonial Dress – explaining everything from tip-to-toe for both male and female and how and when it should be used, Osage Cultural Visitors, Moccasin making or other Osage dress, Lecture on Football Indian Style, Ribbon Work, Osage Minerals Council speakers with diverse viewpoints, Traditional Osage Dancing, Assistant Chief Scott Bighorse has volunteered to help facilitate a drum group, Political agenda relative to upcoming elections, and Traditional Elders visits and talks. What else would interest you?

Location of Next NCO Meeting
We are sensitive to the distance people have to drive to get to meetings. We are researching more central locations based on where the NCO membership lives. Would you be interested in knowing other Osages in your area and would carpooling be a good idea?

Osage Helping Osage Concept
We are looking for ways for the NCO group to build community and help one another. One idea we are looking at is developing a method for each of us to network or collaborate or just cooperate by being able to allow members to publicize a business, service, or event, perhaps in our web site ( Successful community’s help each other succeed.

For example, how many of you know of the upcoming art exhibit by Melani McKim (King), one of our fellow NCO members? She is presenting her art at an exhibit in Sacramento. For the particulars and if you are in the neighborhood this Thursday. May 12th or Saturday, May 14th, stop by and say hi to Melani and give her some support.

We are looking into ways we can easily showcase our members.  A business directory on our web site would be one example. Or, perhaps a section in the newsletter. What are other possibilities?

Purpose of the NCO Yearly Dues
The Steering Committee of our organization is an all volunteer group, so none of your dues go to salaries or retirement plans or new cars for the Steering Committee. In fact, your dues pay for renting venues, buying the food (sharing food among traditional Osages is often considered a form of prayer – Should we have pot lucks or is our present method ok?) drinks, all goodies and cups, plates, etc. Also, mailing expenses, phone, copying, website, incidentals and occasionally paying for flights for people from Oklahoma pretty much take up every cent we collect. Of course having more members means we have more funds for more activities. Do you know any Osages who might be interested in attending who didn’t know about our meetings?  Please alert them about our web site ( or send us names, address, email addresses, etc.

Please note that the dues cover both our Spring and Fall meetings. Until recently we have had no assistance from the tribe on supporting these meetings.  Our Osage Congress recently voted to offer groups of Osages outside the reservation help with meeting room and audio visual costs. We hope to begin accessing those funds with our Fall meeting, which allow us to broaden our choices of activities.

Volunteers Needed
From time to time we expect to have a task force or subcommittee to take on special projects or maybe some jobs associated with actually executing our meetings. So, if you are interested in helping to make this organization better for all, we would love to hear from you.

Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
One last item. Yes, the name of our group is Northern California Osage, but we do extend a warm welcome to any Osage that want to attend our meetings.

We are trying to provide a venue where we can learn more about our Osage culture, traditions, and language, and meet with our government representatives, and in just getting together with other Osage on a regular basis. Many of us that aren’t able to get to the Osage Reservation very often and we know that community has always helped Osage people survive and prosper.

We welcome your input and feedback in any form, so email, pick up the phone and call, or send a carrier pigeon. We really want to know what YOU want in these meetings.

With Respect,
NCO Steering Committee

Chuck Maker
Melani King
Duane BigEagle
Karen Elliott
Forest Tracy

Haway Northern California Osage,

Our big SPRING Meeting is less than two weeks away.

Our meeting kicks off around 12:15, but lunch will be served starting around 11:30, so plan accordingly. Meat Pies are first come first served.

What should you bring?  We are planning a raffle so please bring raffle items.

We have lots of guests from the Nation coming to visit. The Chief will be the first speaker, followed by Congressional Members and then a Language Presentation. There should be plenty of time for questions and answers and possibly lively discussions.

From Congress we are expecting Daniel Boone, Jeri Jean Branstetter, Shannon Edwards, John Free, Alice GoodFox, Geoffrey Standing Bear, and possibly Anthony Shackelford.  Find out how the last session of Congress went and other items of interest to you.

From Language we are expecting Mongrain Lookout, John Maker, and Rebekah Horsechief

Meeting Place:
Hermans Sons Hall
860 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952

Meeting time:
11:30-5:00 PM Saturday
April 30, 2011

IF YOU GET LOST, CALL ME AT (925)351-8585   or    DUANE BIG EAGLE (707)



Haway Northern California Osage and Oregon Members,

The NCO Steering Committee has selected Saturday, April 30th, for our NCO Spring meeting.

The meeting is scheduled from 12-5 in Petaluma, CA.

Chief Red Eagle has committed to attend our meeting, and others from Oklahoma will likely be in attendance. Also, keep in mind items that might be donated to a raffle.

More details to follow.

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