Speaker: Former Chief Tiger
George Tiger has been serving, advocating, and fighting to maintain Sovereignty for Tribal governments for a majority of his adult life. He started working for Tribal governments at the age of 24 and continues to dedicate his life to improving the lives of Indian communities throughout the country.
He is a grandson of former Muscogee Nation Chief Moty Tiger who served as Chief from 1907 until 1917. His relatives have served in elected capacities within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on numerous occasions. His father served as a Resolution Writer for the Council in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. He was elected to the National Council in 1991 and served in that capacity a number of terms and elected as a Speaker in 2006-07. He was elected as Principal Chief in 2011 and Inaugurated in January of 2012.
Following his strong belief that tribal members are the nation’s most valuable resource a plan was developed during a Strategic Planning Session with input from tribal elders, citizens, Creek chartered communities, elected tribal officials, traditional church and ceremonial leaders and employees. A plan without outside consultations was the basis in prioritizing Health, Economic Development, Land Acquisition and Education. Within two years there was improved and comprehensive health care with emphasis of moving away from failed federally mandated health care, expansion of economic development through diversity, expanding land base, and enhancing education resources for all levels of education. Within a short period of time in his administration, the plan’s goals and objectives were aggressively addressed and achieved with support of the tribe’s National Council.
He has been recognized for his leadership as Principal Chief by respected national organizations Native American Finance Officers Association and The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, plus state and local organizations as Tribal leader of the year for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s progress in various facets of its government and economic development.
Former Chief Tiger continues his work as an advocate for Tribes and Indian organizations. Whether it’s serving on National, regional or state boards he remains active. Recently, he was elected to another term as Chairman of United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, a regional inter-tribal organization.