Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP]


Omahas in History



 Photograph courtesy OTHRP Archives

Hiram Chase, Esq.

county attorney, judge, linguist



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Hiram Chase, Esq.

Chase was the great grandson of Mohwoorgga. He attended mission schools on the Reservation until he was 15. Chase attended a school in Pennsylvania and college in Peru, Nebraska. He studied law in Cincinnati graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree. In 1889 Chase was admitted to the bar becoming the first Native American to pass the Nebraska Bar..

Chase went into law practice with fellow Omaha, Thomas Sloan, whom he taught the law. This law firm was the first Native American law firm in the United States. Together they became the first Native Americans to argue a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sloan doing the actual presentation.

In 1893 Chase was elected County Judge of Thurston County and served one term. In 1898 He was elected County Attorney and re-elected in 1901. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M.

Chase was the first Omaha to try recording the language on paper.  In 1897 he wrote O MU HU W B GRa Za, The Chase System of Reading and Recording the Omaha and Other Indian Languages published in Pender, NE in 1897.


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Photograph courtesy OTHRP Archives.

Hiram Chase


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