Students interpret thematic map of extensive Osage Ancestral lands.
Students interpret later map of lands ceded to the U.S. government during colonial periods, including the U.S. government non-adherence to treaties and devastating cultural and population losses due to land loss, disease and starvation.
Students examine the rationales at the time given for colonialism and the taking of Native American lands.
Students examine factual context vs. romanticized The Little House on the Prairie story - when settlers were illegally taking Osage lands during period of great violence against the Osage.
Students evaluate the Osage’s successful purchase in 1872 of the present reservation in Oklahoma, important mineral reservation during allotment period and ending of communal lands, and impact of discovery of oil.