The Osage people belong to a Native American tribe. They originated from the Great Plains. The Osage people have encountered a long and chaotic history characterised by compelled relocations, cultural suppression, and exploitation.
In the 1920s, a period widely regarded as the “Reign of Terror,” many Osage people were killed. They were murdered mostly by white individuals seeking to control their oil wealth. They were murdered mostly through poisoning. Unfortunately, the heinous murders were seldom investigated or prosecuted.
How many Osage were murdered?
The actual number of Osage people who were murdered during the Reign of Terror is not disclosed. The estimates range from dozens to hundreds. The Osage Nation itself estimates about 24 Osage people were killed between 1921 and 1925. It is believed that the exact number of murdered natives is higher. Experts say there were 60 people who were murdered.
The Reign of Terror is regarded as an era of brutality and cruelty against the Osage people in Oklahoma in the early 1920s.