The exhibit concerns the resolution of a dispute over land ownership for the Osage tribe who once lived in Missouri, but were moved to Kansas, and then to a reservation in Oklahoma. The federal government allotted what had been tribally owned reservation land to the original 2,229 individual Osage tribeal members. This was the result of the Osage Allotment Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1906; it also gave the tribe the mineral rights to the reservation's lands.
More than 1,300 photographs are showcased in this exhibition, featuring the original allottees of the Osage Tribe. Individuals, families and friends are presented as a proud nation steeped in tradition. Presented in the Saint Louis University Museum of Art.
The exhibit is organized by the Osage Tribal Museum, established in 1938; it is the oldest tribally-owned museum in the U.S. The museum is located on the Osage Nation Reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.