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Hollywood:  Osage Nation, Oil, Wealth, Murders, DiCaprio, Scorsese, Gladstone

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    Killers Of The Flower Moon

    In October 2023, a  true crime movie adaptation of the “Killers of the Flower Moon” book will be released, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone. 


    In the late 1800s oil, was discovered in the territory of Oklahoma, which became the State of Oklahoma. Oil was also found in the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, thus making the Osage the richest people on Earth, per capita, in the 1920s. The Osage people became immensely wealthy – limousines, mansions, private overseas education, etc. The US government decided that the Osage needed stewardship and guidance, and appointed guardians to the Osage for the access and use of their wealth. Much of this guardianship was corrupt. Many Osage members began to be murdered or died under mysterious circumstances. This was known as “The Reign of Terror”. Even many people who dared to investigate these deaths were themselves murdered. The newly created FBI took up the case. The FBI was notoriously corrupt and initially mismanaged the case. Eventually, the FBI and Osage were able to start to expose these crimes.

    The Book

     “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”, 2017 nonfiction by David Grann. Set in the early 1900s, the book revolves around the Osage Indian Nation, the discovery of oil on their land, their sudden wealth, greed, murders, and the beginnings of the FBI.

    Buy the book, a New York Times Bestseller: Birchbark Books

    The Movie

    Based on David Grann’s book, recently unveiled in CANNES, France is set for release on October 2023. The movie is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Cannes breakout star Lily Gladstone. Scorsese’s treatment focuses on a toxic love story between Ernest Burkhart, a World War I veteran, and Mollie Burkhart, a member of a wealthy Osage family, during this period of history. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is produced by Apple Studios.


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    As always, you can help our support of the Native American Rights Fund ( by preordering our 2024 On Native Land scenic calendar here:   $6 from each calendar sold is donated to NARF. “Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation.” on September 15, 2021, NARF donated 20 acres of ancestral land back to the Osage Nation at a deed transfer ceremony. Our efforts help support their efforts.


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