The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma is located in Miami, Oklahoma in the northeastern corner of the state. The Modoc Tribal Complex is located at 418 G. Street S.E., Miami, Oklahoma and was completed in the early part of 1982. The Complex houses the tribal headquarters, the tribal archives, and the library. The library is the only one in the area dedicated solely to Native American history and genealogy.
In 1973, prior to the Modoc Tribe receiving federal recognition, Bill G. Follis became the tribal chairman and then was elected Chief in 1978 when the tribe received federal recognition. Chief Follis was responsible for obtaining federal recognition for the tribe and re-establishing a tribal land base.
Chief Follis has initiated numerous economic programs such as Red Cedar Recycling, opened to the community in 1996. Also under his leadership the tribe has developed programs that focus on the needs of its children and elders.
His vision continues today as he leads the tribe to establish programs that strengthen Native American families, and ensure that parents provide for the needs of their children.
Chief Follis is also an avid horseman and rancher. Under his leadership, the tribe has reintroduced bison to the Modoc prairie with a thriving and ever growing herd.