Jozi Tall Chief passed away on Sept. 22, 2014 at the Stillwater Medical Center. Indian Services were held on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Wakon Iron Chapel, a Catholic service followed and Father Chris Daigle officiated. Interment followed at Grayhorse Cemetery, east of Fairfax.
Tall Chief was the first Osage transgender to run for Osage Congress in 2012. Born Alex Joseph Tall Chief V, she was born intersex and decided to live life as a woman after the age of 25. Unaccepted by her parents, she turned to her grandparents for acceptance and received it from Alex Tall Chief III and Juanita Roanhorse Tall Chief, whom she said loved her unconditionally.
She loved her Osage people and leaves behind her longtime companion Phillip.
A Rosary was held for her on Thursday evening, Sept. 25, at the Wakon Iron Chapel in the Pawhuska Indian Village.