Osage Nation drone program, Fab Lab Tulsa awarded $2.5 million in federal grants

9 Jul 2021


The Osage Nation and Fab Lab Tulsa have been awarded a total of $2.5 million in federal grants for improvements in a drone program and digital systems, respectively.

The awards, announced Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, are through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. They include:

$2.1 million to the Osage Nation to renovate and improve a building and an adjacent hangar at an airport to aid in the development of unmanned aerial system, or drone, research and development.

The airport, Skyway36, formerly known as Tulsa Downtown Airpark, sits directly west of the Osage Tulsa Casino, 951 W. 36th St. North. The tribe bought the property about 10 years ago.

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