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Osage Casino Selects TMA for Their Facilities Operations

TULSA, OK, September 17, 2018 – Osage Casino recently selected a new CMMS for their Casino facilities. Osage Casino will utilize WebTMA for online work requests, managing their preventive maintenance program, and to gain better control over in-house inventory.

Bruce Cass, Director of Facilities, stated, “TMA displayed a tremendous amount of expertise to us throughout our entire evaluation process, which was very extensive. The selection of our new system came down to the high value we believe TMA offers and their system being able to handle the unique needs of our maintenance requirements with minimal customization.”

About TMA Systems

For more than 30 years, TMA Systems has been recognized as a world-class provider of advanced Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS). These software solutions have been developed for organizations that want to effectively manage their assets and streamline their maintenance operations. Our leading-edge solutions are a key tool for managers who recognize that maintaining their facilities’ assets and providing the highest level of service are imperative in meeting the high standards demanded by their organizations. Most importantly, the information generated by these solutions will provide managers with the ability to make better decisions, run operations more efficiently, and achieve the ultimate goal — improve their organizations’ financial performance.

Worldwide, more than 1,500 TMA clients maintain in excess of 55,000 facilities, representing 4.5 billion square feet of space. TMA’s products, along with world-class services, are key reasons TMA is the preferred solution for facility professionals throughout the world. TMA’s advanced solutions meet or exceed the needs of education, healthcare, corporate, government, telecommunication, transportation, manufacturing, and retail organizations.

About the Osage Tribe

The Osage are an American Indian tribe whose ancestral domain included much of Oklahoma.  The Osage economy relied upon hunting and gathering, but they had a sizable agriculture and an extensive trading system. Grazing became economically important in the 1890s. Income mainly from grazing leases caused the commissioner of Indian affairs to call the Osages “the richest people on earth.” Petroleum income did not become a monetary factor until after Osage allotment in 1906–1907. By the 1920s the commissioner’s comment had come closer to the truth.

Osage grass-leasing regulations made an easy transfer from grass to oil leasing. “Black Gold” became a national term when an Osage-bred, -trained, and -owned race horse by that name won the Kentucky Derby in 1924. Allotment brought a division of the Osage Trust Estate. This financial estate came from treaty settlements, land sales from the Kansas Reservation, and accumulated interest on money held in trust by the United States. This was distributed to each living Osage and amounted to a little more than ten thousand dollars each. Income from grass and mineral leases were distributed quarterly on a per capita basis to those who had been living in 1907. In addition, each headright holder, that is, one entitled to an equal share of the tribe’s mineral interests, was allotted just over 640 acres in Osage County, Oklahoma. Unlike other reservation allotments in Oklahoma, there were no surplus lands after Osage allotment. The Osage had purchased their reservation and owned it in fee simple. Osage County never came under the Homestead Act of 1862.

Osage prosperity attracted money-hungry outsiders. The so-called Reign of Terror, in which a number of Osage were murdered for their petroleum wealth, ended only when the newly formed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) won a conviction in federal courts. The Osage Murders was the FBI’s first homicide case. The economic depression of the 1930s made the Osage once again poor, but happier. Since then, stereotypes and exaggerated stories about rich Indians and books about the murders have held the center stage in Osage-related literature. As a result, little has been said about the majority of the Osage people, who were busy giving their children the best education money could buy, who worked hard to produce beef for American tables, who firmly backed their state and nation in both war and peace. Notable Osages include John Joseph Mathews, Gen. Clarence Tinker, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, and Bacon Rind.

The Osage allotment is full of firsts. Separation of mineral rights from surface rights by federal law first occurred in the Osage oil fields. Most Oklahoma history texts mention that the Constitutional Convention of 1907 had delegates from Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory but neglect to note that the Osage Tribe also had two convention delegates. Although they were not U.S. citizens during World War I, Osage men accepted the draft and volunteered for service in the highest percentage of any ethnic group of U.S. citizens. This was repeated during World War II.

A new current of vitality enlivens the fifteen thousand Osage people since the turn of the twenty-first century. More than ever before, Osages hold graduate degrees. Language and craft classes are held throughout the year at several locations, including the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska and the White Hair Memorial, an Oklahoma Historical Society facility near Ralston. Most of the old Osages have died (four of the original 2,229 Osage allottees survived in October 2003), which means that a new generation now leads the people. A new tribal life began with the new generations.