Ki-Hi-Ka-Ste': Life of Chief George Tall Chief

Ki-Hi-Ka-Ste: Life of Chief George Tall Chief

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George Tall Chief is a key figure in the history of the First Nations people in the Osage county of Oklahoma. As Chief, he paved the way to the Osage Nation's achievement of self-government in 2006. When the discovery of oil on land they had purchased brought wealth to the Osage people, the "Reign of Terror" followed with a number of murders at the hands of white ranchers over mineral rights. When his father was among those murdered, nine-year-old George Tall Chief and his four younger brothers were placed in boarding and military schools. They were coerced into signing away their land rights to guardians.

Despite these adversities in his life, George Tall Chief became a teacher, coach, a Superintendent of School and a School Trustee. He also was a professional rodeo cowboy and one of the first Chiefs to be inducted into the "National Native American Hall of Fame." Amy Tall Chief, director of Plastic Warriors, created this documentary to honor her grandfather, offering a great tribute to his contributions to community and ability to shape his own destiny. The inspiring account of his life, offers him to share his wisdom for future generations.

"....Aged 92 at the time of filming, he (Chief George Tall Chief) comes across as a remarkable raconteur who can speak about his life's challenges with no residue of bitterness or rancour. Offering a remarkable example of perseverance in the face of extraordinary obstacles, this biographical profile is highly recommended."   -  P. Hall, Video Librarian

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