The Osage people have deep Catholic roots
[Influenced by modern liberals appealing to Indians to return to their “original” (i.e., pre-Christian) cultural practices, including (as the LGBTQUEERs advocate) sodomarriage; if that, why not other practices of that culture such as Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice?]
by Derek Ganzhorn • ChurchMilitant • March 24, 2017
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Osage Nation, an Indian tribe with deep Catholic roots, went to the polls Tuesday to legalize gay “marriage.”
An unofficial estimate has 52 percent voting in favor of a referendum redefining marriage as “a personal relation between two persons.”
Turnout was low, with only 1,470 of 15,007 eligible voters participating, and most of these voting absentee.
Centered in northeast Oklahoma, the Osage are one of the largest tribes in the state.
Henry Roanhorse Gray, a supporter of the referendum, described the electorate as “typically conservative and religious,” and told NBC, “It really shows the importance of voting — history was truly made by the ones who showed up.”
The Osage have deep Catholic roots. Jesuit missionaries began interacting with the tribe in the 1720s. The tribe’s bond with the Society of Jesus grew stronger in the 1840s, when the Jesuits established more than 100 mission stations, churches and schools in the Osage’s native territory.
The Osage brought their faith with them after their removal to the Oklahoma Territory, establishing Immaculate Conception in Pawhuska in 1887, the oldest Catholic parish in the state. Eighty percent of Osage identified as Catholic as late as 1989.
Gay rights groups have recently targeted Indian communities with an appeal to ancient pagan symbols. The “Two Spirits” initiative seeks to redefine homosexuals as those who are a “blend of female and male spirits,” serving as an “alternative to the Western labels of gay, lesbian, or transgender.” The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution in 2015 supporting homosexual marriage under the label of supporting “our Two Spirit Relatives.”
Because of treaty arrangements with the U.S. government, the Osage are not bound to the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized gay marriage across the rest of the country. Other Indian nations, like the Choctaw and the Seminole, still define marriage as between a man and a woman.