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Oil discovered under the Osage Nation in Oklahoma made members of the tribe the richest people per capita in the world. Then they started to die. 

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A piece in The New Yorker by David Grann explores the long-buried and sinister Oklahoma history. It's an excerpt from his forthcoming book, "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I."

Read the piece for yourself.


In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma. There are Johnny-jump-ups and spring beauties and little bluets. The Osage writer John Joseph Mathews observed that the galaxy of petals makes it look as if the “gods had left confetti.” In May, when coyotes howl beneath an unnervingly large moon, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black-eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground. This is why the Osage Indians refer to May as the time of the flower-killing moon.

You can read The Oklahoman's piece on this era of history and view additional archival materials here.

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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