Osage tribe got rich from oil, became targets of murder conspiracy

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President Thomas Jefferson once called the Osage Indians “the great nation.” That was before he pushed them off their ancestral land in the central part of America. They lost about 100 million acres. They were forced to move again in the late 19th century. So they bought some rocky, supposedly worthless land in what is now Oklahoma. There turned out to be oil in those hills that made the Osage wealthy. They became targets of one of the most shocking murder plots in American history.

Credits

Guest:
David Grann - Author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” and “The Lost City of Z” ; The New Yorker

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Gina Pollack