(Senate - April 17, 2013)

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From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


 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 
  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.