Lucy Tayiah Eads
|Lucy Tayiah Eads|
Lucy Tayiah Eads
|Kaw people leader|
October 4, 1888|
|Died||October 11, 1961
|Resting place||Pawhuska, Oklahoma|
|Spouse(s)||Herbert Edward Kimber
|Known for||First female tribal chief of the Kaw|
Lucy Tayiah was born in 1888 in Indian Territory, along Beaver Creek. Her parents were Lezitte Betrand (also known as Mo Jan Ah Hoe) and Little Tayiah. Her mother, Lezitte Betrand, was Kaw and Potawatomi. Little Tayiah, her father, was Kaw. Taiyah also had one brother, Emmett (also known as Ki He Kah Mah She).
Around 1892, both of her parents had died. They died of starvation. Tayiah and her brother became orphans. They were adopted by Chief Washunga. Their adoption by the Kaw tribal chief was part of tribal tradition. She attended Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas, where she studied nursing. She moved to New York City. She married Herbert Edward Kimber around 1908. They had three children, all girls. Eventually they divorced. She married John Rhea Eads. The couple married around 1913. They would have six more children.
Chief Washungah died in 1908. It was not until 1922 that the Kaws would have another tribal leader. Eads was elected in November of that year. She was the first woman to become tribal chief of the Kaw. She was voted in by eight council members. Eads went by Chief Lucy during her tenure as chief. She tried to gain recognition for the tribe from the federal government, in 1924, but this was said to be contrary to the Allotment Agreement and denied. In 1929, she attended the Inauguration of Herbert Hoover, representing the Kaw Nation. In 1928, after Eads was reelected, the Kaw government was abolished until its restoration under the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of 1936.
- "Lucy Tayiah Eads". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- The Scranton Republican › 2 July 1923 › Page 10 - Newspapers.com
- Isabelle Chouteau Bain, Sister Eads and Lucy Eads - Kansas Memory
- Ad Astra: First female head of Kaw Nation ‘finest example of what an Indian should be’ | Wichita Eagle
- The official site of Kaw Nation » History of the Government of the Kaw Nation Since 1902