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Osage Nation celebrates $74M acquisition of ancestral territory






Osage Nation on YouTube: Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear at the Bluestem Acquisition Event

The Osage Nation officially took ownership to a 43,000-acre ranch within the boundaries of its original reservation in Oklahoma.

The tribe paid just over $74 million for the Bluestem Ranch. Plans call to conserve the site but Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said other proposals are being considered, as long as their consistent with Osage values.

"It’s our responsibility to preserve this land for the future," Standing Bear said during a celebration at the site on Wednesday, The Tulsa World reported.

The tribe is filing a land-into-trust application for the property, The World reported. It was formerly owned by media mogul Ted Turner.

Read More on the Story:
Prairie land owned by Ted Turner transferred to Osage Nation (The Tulsa World 8/25)
Osage Nation buying back land owned by Ted Turner (KTUL 8/24)
Ted Turner turns over Bluestem Ranch to Osage Nation (Fox23 8/24)
Osage Nation Receives Bluestem Ranch Property (Bartlesville Radio 8/24)
Land Purchase Returns Piece Of History To Osage Nation (News on 6 8/24)
Osage Nation to celebrate Bluestem Ranch acquisition Aug. 24 (The Osage News 8/23)

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