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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Setting & Symbolism

David Grann
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Osage

The Osage tribe is a group of Native Americans living in Oklahoma. Originally from areas now comprising Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, the tribe was a dominant force in the region prior to the Louisiana Purchase. After being forcibly relocated, the tribe discovered oil beneath their reservation in Oklahoma, making them the richest group of people per capita on Earth. Because of their wealth, many members of the tribe were targeted during the Reign of Terror, in which dozens of individuals were killed.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma is the location of Osage County and the modern home of the Osage tribe. In the early 1900s, Oklahoma was still relatively undeveloped and lacked professional law enforcement agencies. Federal agents investigating the Osage murders suspected that some Oklahoma state officials were complicit in destroying, fabricating, and stealing evidence.

Pawhuska

Pawhuska is the capital of the Osage Nation and the largest city in...

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