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This is a photograph of Sylvester Tinker, a member of the Osage Tribe and chief from 1970 to 1982. He was born February 22, 1903 and died December 5, 1991. He was the grandson of William Tinker, an interpreter for the Osage when they moved from Kansas to the Osage Nation in 1872. Sylvester Tinker served on the Osage Tribal Council for four years before being elected chief. Tinker gained international fame in 1975 when he had a private audience with Pope Paul VI and made the first American Indian presentation to a Pope. Tinker also outlined tribal concerns for U.S. politicians in 1984 at the Republican National Convention in Dallas. A devout Catholic, Tinker was honored by the church for his efforts in improving health conditions within his Oklahoma-based tribe. He earned membership in the church's Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also called the Knights of Malta.

Date: Between 1913 and 1915

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Item Number: 444464
Call Number: E99 08.I Tin *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 444464

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