Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw Indian tribe, was vice president under Herbert Hoover. He served from 1929 to 1933. Curtis, a senator from Kansas, had been the Senate's majority leader and an unsuccessful rival of Hoover's for the 1928 Republican presidential nomination.
Curtis was a great-great-grandson of the Kaw chief White Plume, who offered his help to the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. Born in 1860, Curtis spent much of his childhood on the Kaw tribe's reservation near Topeka and spoke the Kaw tribal language before he learned English.
Oh, here's why he was nominated and elected:
First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1892, Curtis soon became chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. He drafted the Curtis Act of 1898, which abridged many tribes' rights under treaties to govern themselves and put the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs in charge of overseeing mineral and oil resources on tribal lands.