Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge
TULSA, Okla. — George P. Tiger, the former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of bribery of accepting $61,900 while serving as chairman of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town Economic Development Authority Board.
Tiger faces up to 37 months in federal prison.
In court on Friday, Tiger admitted accepting more than one bribe from Aaron Dewayne Terry. Terry, who held various management and control positions in companies owned by the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, a 350 member tribe, located in Wetumka, Oklahoma.
“Mr. Tiger took advantage of the position of trust he had been given by the people of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town,” U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester commented. “Instead of acting in the best interests of those he was appointed to serve Tiger sought out and received unlawful profit for himself.”
Tiger won election to the principal chief position of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 2011 but was defeated by James Floyd, who is not seeking another term this year. Tiger is currently running for the position. While Muscogee (Creek) Nation prohibits felons from serving in elected offices, Tiger name will still remain on the ballot for the nation’s primary election set for September 21.