Victor Griffin (Ga'Haheh) was chief of the Quapaw Tribe from 1927 to 1958. He was born in the Osage Nation in 1873 and died in Ottawa County OK in 1958. Chief Griffin was orphaned at an early age and was reared by his grandmother, Mary Stafford, who was said to be over 100 years old when she died. He lived at a time in history when the traditional Quapaw still wore their hair in braids and dressed in blankets and leggings.
Victor attended the Indian Schools in the Quapaw Nation and acted as interpreter for the non-English speaking tribal members. During his term in office, he made several trips to Washington DC on behalf of his people, and initiated claims against the government for settlements of old treaty provisions, which resulted in over one million dollars being paid to the tribe.
He was a leader in the Native American Church, being trained in the traditional ceremonies by Moonhead (John Wilson).
Chief Griffin is survived by one son and two daughters; Hayes Griffin, Ardena (Griffin) Buerky and Victoria (Griffin) Waters.