Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida issued the following press release regarding the passing of its first Chairman, Buffalo Tiger. Chairman Tiger, who was the Tribal leader when USET was incorporated in 1969, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
The USET President Brian Patterson has released the following statement regarding the passing of Chairman Tiger:
“We grieve the loss of a truly great leader, who will be loved and missed. From a time where Indian Country was shrouded in darkness with no money, no direction, and no hope, we are thankful for the courage and medicine Buffalo Tiger gave us to advance Tribal nations and inspire future generations. For the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and all of Indian Country, Chairman Tiger was a trailblazer to help bring federal recognition and assistance for his Tribe, a founding leader of USET, and an inspiration that there is hope beyond the darkness. The USET family is saddened by Chairman Tiger’s passing and stand proud that his moccasins left many of the foot prints we follow and work to fill today.”
Chairman Tiger served as a member of the USET Board of Directors for 17 years, during which he served as an officer. He was given the honored position of President Emeritus by USET in 2010 for his service to the organization, advancing relationships with Tribal nations, national policy makers, and building the capacity among current and future American Indian leaders.