Author Archives: Pawhuska Guide

Elizabeth Maria & Marjorie Louise TallChief

“Exciting, Energetic, Inspiring, Legendary, Ballerina TallChief Sisters” These two Native American women paved the way during a time in America’s most trying years of prejudice against women. Elizabeth Marie (Maria) TallChief, born January 24, 1925, in Fairfax, Oklahoma, was a daughter to Alexander Joseph Tall Chief and Ruth (nee Porter). She was the first American […]

First WahZhaZhe (Osage) Woman to serve in U.S. Marine Corps

First Female Osage Marine Born July 11, 1923 in Wynona, Oklahoma, Died June 13, 2001 First lady Eleanor Roosevelt helped change the law so all women, including Native Americans, could serve in the World War II war effort. In a time of America when women were expected to be in the kitchen with their aprons […]

Major General Clarence L. Tinker

 Born November 21, 1887, near Pawhuska, Osage Reservation, Died June 7, 1942, Battle of the Midway WWII, Pacific Ocean Clarence Leonard Tinker was the eldest son of George Edward Tinker and Sarah (Schwagerte) Tinker. He was raised Osage and spoke the Osage language and grew to be the highest ranking Native American officer during WWII. […]