The Osage Nation assumed control of the Wah-Sha-She State Park near Pawhuska, Okla., on May 25, KJRH-TV, Tulsa, reported
Wah-Sha-She, located in northeastern Osage County, is one of seven state parks that faced closure in 2011 due to a lack of funding.
Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle signed a contract May 22 on behalf of the tribe to assume control of the park.
Red Eagle believes this endeavor will have a long-term positive impact on the tribe.
“Taking over this park falls directly in line with the Osage Nation’s 25-year strategic plan,” said Red Eagle. “This first step with the Corps of Engineers will without a doubt spur economic development in the area, and it will improve the overall quality of life for Osage County residents.”
Wah-Sha-She State Park, which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is located on Lake Hulah and offers fishing, water skiing, a Wildlife Management area for hunting, a Waterfowl Refuge, picnic areas and RV sites equipped with water and electricity.
Red Eagle says the tribe’s relationship with the Corps of Engineers will prove to be beneficial for all parties involved.
“We think this effort with the Corps of Engineers and relieving the State of Oklahoma of these duties will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the Osage Nation,” Red Eagle said. “We look forward to working with the Corps on more projects in the future.”