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Chief Ga'Haheh (Victor Griffin) of the Quapaw Tribe

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Chief Ga'Haheh (Victor Griffin) of the Quapaw Tribe

Patty Freeman (View posts)
Posted: 20 Sep 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: GRIFFIN
Victor Griffin (Ga'Haheh) was chief of the Quapaw Tribe from 1927 to 1958. He was born in the Osage Nation in 1873 and died in Ottawa County OK in 1958. Chief Griffin was orphaned at an early age and was reared by his grandmother, Mary Stafford, who was said to be over 100 years old when she died. He lived at a time in history when the traditional Quapaw still wore their hair in braids and dressed in blankets and leggings.

Victor attended the Indian Schools in the Quapaw Nation and acted as interpreter for the non-English speaking tribal members. During his term in office, he made several trips to Washington DC on behalf of his people, and initiated claims against the government for settlements of old treaty provisions, which resulted in over one million dollars being paid to the tribe.

He was a leader in the Native American Church, being trained in the traditional ceremonies by Moonhead (John Wilson).

Chief Griffin is survived by one son and two daughters; Hayes Griffin, Ardena (Griffin) Buerky and Victoria (Griffin) Waters.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Patty Freeman 20 Sep 1999 12:00PM GMT 
Virginia Griffin-Mouse 20 Dec 1999 12:00PM GMT 
Mary 15 Apr 2002 1:11PM GMT 
Virginia Griffin-Mouse 29 Apr 2002 3:05AM GMT 
Virginia Griffin-Mouse 29 Apr 2002 3:09AM GMT 
DStaffordH2 4 Oct 2006 7:34AM GMT 
Albert S. Griffin 22 Jul 2003 5:24AM GMT 
daryllgin 22 Aug 2003 11:59PM GMT 
wandylj1 6 Oct 2004 2:58PM GMT 
Virginia Mouse 30 Nov 2004 10:38PM GMT 
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