Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 17, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 52 — Daily Edition
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REMEMBERING GEORGE PAUL HORSE CAPTURE SR.
(Senate - April 17, 2013)
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[Page S2747] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] REMEMBERING GEORGE PAUL HORSE CAPTURE SR. Mr. TESTER. Mr. President, today I wish to honor the life and legacy of George Paul Horse Capture Sr., who passed away yesterday in Great Falls, MT. George was a member of the A'aninin--Gros Ventre--tribe. He was born in 1937 in the Little Chicago neighborhood on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. George had a remarkable life filled with service to his people and to our country. Early in life, he served in the U.S. Navy, became the only minority person serving as a California State Steel inspector at the time and was educated at the University of California--Berkeley. When he was hired as the Curator of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY in 1979, George became one of the first Native American curators in the United States. During his time as curator, he worked closely with a number of Northern Plains Indian tribes to ensure they played a role in the museum exhibitions. George spent a decade in our Nation's Capital, serving in various capacities at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution. He played a key role in the development and construction of the new museum facility that opened in 2004. During his time at the National Museum of the American Indian, George led the charge to return many sacred objects to the appropriate tribes. The repatriation of those objects was part of George's lifelong mission to empower Indian people. George's life and his commitment to his people and his community is a reminder of the power of each individual to make a difference. Our thoughts and prayers are with George's widow, Kay Karol, and all of his family and many friends. ____________________