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 Osage Indian Murders FBI Files

FREE - Cuba - United States Secret Diplomacy Documents (1961-1977)

OSAGE INDIAN MURDER FBI FILES

3323 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and archived on CD-ROM covering the Osage Indian Murders. Files contains approximately 2800 pages of narrative material. The Bureau investigated this case involving the swindling and murder of members of the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma for the rights to their oil fields. Between 1921-1923 members of the Osage Indian Reservation died under suspicious circumstances. The FBI became involved after the Department of Interior wrote to Director William J. Burns requesting assistance in investigating these deaths. William "King of Osage" Hale was suspected of being involved in the deaths. Posing as medicine men, cattlemen, and salesmen, FBI agents infiltrated the reservation and eventually solved several of the murders. Hale and other members of the Osage Indian Reservation were convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison. The murders were committed in an attempt to collect insurance money and gain control of valuable oil properties owned by the deceased persons.

In the 1920's oil made the members of the Osage Nation the richest population group in the World. In 1923 the Osage Nation received $27 million of revenue from oil drilled on its reservation. It also lead to them becoming statistically the most murdered people in the United States. The Osage bought 1.5 million acres in northern Oklahoma, including the rights to its resources, for $1 million from the Cherokee Nation in the late 1800s after settlers pushed them from their reservation in Kansas. The federal government paid the tribe $8.5 million for its Kansas reservation.

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