Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger received a prestigious leadership award from the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women on May 2 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Tiger received the Helen Chupco Leadership Award for his support of the Violence Against Women Act and also for supporting the federal act in Washington, D.C.
The leadership award goes to “someone who has been doing outstanding work in their tribe,” said OFIW President Beverly Harjo.
Tiger, who served on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s National Council with Helen Chupco several years ago, remembered Helen as a strong, positive role model for the MCN and the OFIW.
“I’m very honored and humbled to be receiving the award today, that’s titled the Helen Chupco Leadership Award,” Tiger said. “I’m very proud to receive this on behalf of our tribal members and on behalf of the National Council of the great Muscogee (Creek) Nation and also the (MCN) cabinet because they do a lot of great work and this is based on the work of our senior management group.”
Helen Chupco was a Muscogee (Creek) citizen who was instrumental in supporting her tribe and family, according to the OFIW.
The OFIW is an organization that was formed to promote action of purpose is preserving the cultural heritage and identity of each Indian tribe and to develop ways of depicting the Indian woman as taking her place in the world today. Its objective is also “to create a bond of friendship among the members.”