VICE-CHIEF JUSTICE GEORGE THOMPSON

Vice-Chief Justice George Thompson Jr. resides in Henryetta, Oklahoma. He attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas; the University of Tulsa; and Oklahoma State University. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired after serving for twenty-eight years with the City of Tulsa Engineering Services. He also served for four years as a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Housing Authority Board.

Vice-Chief Justice Thompson was raised with a strong emphasis in Mvskoke culture and has been active in Mvskoke tradition his entire life. He is a member of the Hickory Ground Tribal Town (ocevpofv) and is of the Bird (fuswvlke) Clan. He is a fluent Mvskoke-speaker and is regularly called upon to give presentations to our Nation’s youth in the Mvskoke language. He strongly believes that language preservation is essential to the overall effort to preserve all Mvskoke customs and traditions. His father was Mekko at Arbeka Ceremonial Ground and his mother was a member of Hickory Ceremonial Ground. For the last forty years, Vice-Chief Justice Thompson has been Mekko (Kosa Mekko) of Hickory Ceremonial Ground. He is humbled and honored to serve as Mekko and looks forward to fulfilling his lifetime leadership commitment.

As Hickory Ground Mekko, Vice-Chief Justice Thompson is a plaintiff in Muscogee (Creek) Nation v. Poarch Band of Creek Indians; a civil suit filed in federal court to protect and oppose the desecration of ancestral homelands in Alabama. In 2012, Vice-Chief Thompson was awarded the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief’s Medal of Honor for his leadership role in the effort to preserve Mvskoke ancestral burial grounds. He was further honored in October 2013, by induction into the Mvskoke Hall of Fame.

On February 23, 2013, Vice-Chief Justice Thompson was nominated to serve a six-year term on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court and was confirmed by the National Council. Vice-Chief Thompson intends to rely on his intimate knowledge of Mvskoke culture and tradition to shape the judicial decisions in which he participates. He is confident that fairness and impartiality can be best achieved by balancing modern methods of jurisprudence with older, traditional Mvskoke approaches to dispute resolution. His term as Vice-Chief Justice began on January 1, 2014.