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Whether greeting museum visitors or working behind-the-scenes in collections, the ONM staff is a core group of dedicated individuals who work together to ensure that the exhibitions and collections practices resonate with the needs, values, and interests of the people.
Pauline Allred (Osage/ Ponca) – Guest Services Representative. Pauline holds a B.A. from Northeastern State University and has been working for the Osage Nation Museum for more than fifteen years. Prior to working at ONM, Allred owned a ceramic store in Pawhuska for twenty years and taught art at Pawhuska High School. She is a proud mother of four and her parents were Jess Jones and Anna B. Gray. Pauline is a finger weaver, roach maker, and seamstress of Native American clothes. At ONM, she enjoys sharing her years of experience and knowledge of Osage genealogy and family relations with the public and with those who have lost ties to their ancestry.
Susan Shannon (Osage) – Guest Services Representative. Susan joined the museum staff in August of 2019 after retiring from the University of Oklahoma where she worked for nineteen years. At the university, Susan produced her own native news program for KGOU Radio. Her experience in radio and communications, combined with her knowledge of Osage culture, makes her an ideal representative for the ONM. She has been dancing in the I Lon Schka (Osage June dance) since she was three years old and is the daughter of the late Mary Agnes Wagoshe Shannon and George Shannon. Her father is an elder on the Traditional Cultural Advisors Committee for the Osage Nation and the Hominy I Lon Schka. Susan brings a unique perspective to the Museum blending contemporary and traditional mores to her interactions with the visitors; and as a mother and grandmother, she enjoys a good visit.
Marla Redcorn-Miller (Osage/Kiowa/Caddo) – Museum Director. Marla has worked in the curatorial, education and administrative departments of museums with major collections of indigenous arts since 1992. She is the daughter of the late Jim RedCorn and Joby Henry Redcorn and the granddaughter of the late Harold and Louise RedCorn. She is the former deputy director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has worked at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Oklahoma; the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marla holds a B.A. in art history from Dartmouth College and an M.Phil. in art history from Columbia University. She is a Ford Fellow and has served on the boards of the Native American Arts Studies Association and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.