One For The Oklahoma History Books

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By Max Nichols

 

In recent years, Osage County has increasingly become a part of America’s collective consciousness. With the play and movie “August: Osage County,” the sprawling home empire of the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, and the New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Finalist “Killers of the Flower Moon:

 

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” the world has focused much attention on this corner of Oklahoma. “The history of Osage County is a microcosm of the American West, from tallgrass prairies and an underground reservation to the survival of cowboy culture and the assault on tribal sovereignty,” said Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. “The result is a fascinating story where facts are more dramatic than fiction.

 

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