|Chief of the Wyandotte Nation|
September 1983 – May 31, 2011
|Born||September 11, 1921|
|Died||November 9, 2012 (aged 91)|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Branch/service||United States Army Air Forces|
United States Air Force
|Years of service||1939–1960|
|Unit||90th Bombardment Group|
Strategic Air Command
Fifteenth Air Force
|Battles/wars||World War II|
During the Second World War, Captain Bearskin was the commander of a B-24 Liberator bomber, operating in the Pacific. In 1948 he assisted in the Berlin Airlift as a squadron commander. During the Korean War he again served as a squadron commander. In 1960 Bearskin retired from the service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Amongst his many honors and citations were the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal for Humane Action.
In September 1983, Bearskin was elected Chief of the Wyandotte Nation. He served as Chief for 29 years, until his death in 2012.
The new Chief, Bill Friend, said of his predecessor: "His influence has not only been felt by our Nation, but throughout the state of Oklahoma and across the United States. He was a loyal and fierce advocate of tribal sovereignty and rights for not only the Wyandotte Nation, but for all tribes across this great nation."