Person:Motey Tiger (1)

Motey Tiger
b.Abt 1842
d.2 Aug 1921
  1. Motey TigerAbt 1842 - 1921
Facts and Events
Name Motey Tiger
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1842
Death[1] 2 Aug 1921
Burial[1] Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United StatesTiger Family Cemetery
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chief Motey Tiger, in Find A Grave.

    Chief of Creek Nation 1907-1917. Son of Tulsa or Tulas Fixico and & Louisa Canard, he was born in Indian Territory in 1842. Maternal grandfather was Moytey (Yahartastanuggee-Eufaula Harjo) Kennard--b.1790. (A Descendant of John I Kennard who was chief of the Hitchitas 1790's, trader to Creeks 1749-1752, considered a possible successor to Alexander McGillivray in 1793. Possibly the Kennard who brought slaves to the home of Thomas Marchall in 1797. Chief Motey Tiger's marriages:(1) Susan Canard who was born 1863 in Okmulgee, Indian Territory. They had a son, Coody Tiger, b. Aug. 30, 1898 in Okmulgee, Indian Territory. Marriage (2) Hettie Canard who was born in 1843 in Indan Territory. They were married Dec 1865 in Indian Territory. Their children were: George Washington Tiger-b. March 20 1866 in Indian Territory; Johnson Edward Tiger, Methodist Preacher--b.Feb 5 1875 in Indian Territory; and Amos Tiger--b.Aug 2, 1883 in Indian Territory. Marriage (3) abt 1887, Kizzie Lewis--b. Jan 11, 1835 in Indian Territory and they had a daughter, Kate Tiger.

    Wetumka Gazette
    Wetumka, Hughes Co., Oklahoma
    J. M. WATKINS, prop. and editor

    Friday, August 5, 1921

    Chief MOTY TIGER
    Chief MOTY TIGER, age 87 years, who was elected second chief of the Creeks in 1897 in the last tribal election ever held, died at his home near Sharp, six miles southwest of Okmulgee, Tuesday evening.

    His death marks the passing of one of the dominant figures in the political and social history of the Creek Nation. He was at one time one of the most influential men in the Creek tribe.

    Funeral services in memory of the deceased were conducted this afternoon at his home. The services were attended by a large number of friends, including Creeks from various sections and pioneers from Okmulgee and vicinity.

    MOTY TIGER lived six miles southwest of Okmulgee near Sharp. He was a typical full blood Creek. He was the last man to be elected to the office of second chief of the Creeks, having been chosen second chief when General PLEASANT PORTER was elected chief in 1897. He served as second chief until 1907 when he succeeded General Porter as chief after Porter's death. Tiger was the officer head and leader of the Creeks until advancing age resulting in his resignation in 192?. After his resignation, Col. GEROGE W. GRAYSON was appointed chief by President Woodrow Wilson.

    Tiger was 87 years old and his wife, KIZZIE TIGER, who was a teacher in Indian schools and a full blood member of the Eufaula clan or "town" to which Tiger belongs. He was name Moty in honor of MOTY CANARD, once a famous Creek chief. Moty Tiger was a Methodist minister who preached to the Creeks.

    Moty took active part in the payment in 1891, seeing to it that all members of the Tuckabacha clan paid their debts in full. The Indians often appealed to Moty Tiger for aid in various matters and I never heard of him refusing to help any person who was deserving of aid.

    Tiger, as a minister, died much for the cause of the Methodist Church and he was always liberal in his contributions to the church. It is said that he provided the greater part of the funds with which the Methodist Church at Honey Creek was erected.

    He was one of the few Indians who engaged in the cattle business on an extensive scale.

    The Tuckabacha clan to which Tiger belonged was composed entirely of full blood Indians in pioneer days. It was the largest and one of the most powerful clans in the Creek Nation. Printed in the Okmulgee Democrat.