Osage Nation Buys Historic Missouri Mound

Friday, July 31st 2009, 1:07 pm
By: News On 6


ST LOUIS, MO -- On July 30, the Osage Nation reclaimed an ancient piece of their history known as Sugarloaf Mound. 

The mound is located in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Osage Nation officials say this mound is thought to be the last remaining mound from the Cahokia civilization period built by ancient Osages. 

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It is documented to have been in existence since 800 A.D.  This week, the Osage Nation closed on a real estate deal to purchase a significant portion of the property.   

"There is nothing  we can do to bring back what was destroyed nor is the Osage Nation attempting to recreate a modern culture or lifestyle based on what has been set aside by our elders; but the Nation can impact what happens to Sugarloaf Mound today and can help educate Osages and the citizens of St. Louis about us and where they live," said Chief Gray. 

Sugar Loaf is about four miles south of the Gateway Arch.