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#3 Three Flags Ceremony

March 12-14, 2004
St. Louis, Missouri

The bicentennial’s 3rd national signature event was held at St. Louis, Missouri. The event commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase transfer from Spain to France to the United States, opening the way for Lewis & Clark to explore the western territory.

Members of the Osage Nation were welcomed to their ancestral homeland for the first time in 200 years.

Tribal programming includes:

Opening Ceremony: Inclusion of tribal flags with display of Spanish, French and American national flags at ceremonies commemorating the 1804 transfer of Louisiana Territory from Spain to France to the United States. Osage Nation Drummers & Singers, Osage Elders, Osage Principal Chief James Roan Gray.

Native American Diplomacy Symposium: First in a bicentennial series of American Indian diplomacy symposia exploring relations between Indian Nations and the United States since the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Panelists from the Osage Nation, Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Delaware Nation, Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Quapaw Nation, St. Louis Indian Center.

Art of the Osage: Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition of Osage tribal arts and artifacts.

Osage History: Presentation by Leonard Maker.

Otoe-Missouria History and the Role of Otoe Women: Presentation by Sylvester Alley and members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma.

Tree Within a Tree Osage Ceremony: Legacy planting and dedication by Osage Tribal elders and leaders.

Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future.