By Michael Smith
The volunteer effort, and the efforts of Wilma Mankiller and her husband to facilitate the project, played a role in Mankiller later becoming the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
These are among the events depicted in "The Cherokee Word for Water," a feature film celebrating the courage and determination of a resilient people and a pioneering woman in Mankiller.
The picture opens with a private premiere Thursday followed by a week of screenings at Circle Cinema in Tulsa beginning Friday.
By Michael Overall
And the casting director mentioned that the actor just happened to be waiting outside the door for a chance to meet Soap.
Seen recently in the box-office flop "Cowboys vs. Aliens," Moses Brings Plenty hardly counts as a household name.
But Soap wasn't looking for star power.
"The moment I saw him, I thought, 'That's me walking through the door.' There was this phenomenal bonding between us right off the bat."
Based on a true story about Soap and his wife, the late Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, the movie will have its public debut Friday night at Tulsa's Circle Cinema.
But a select group of supporters saw an early screening Thursday during an invitation-only premier at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
Below: Oren Lyons and Mo Brings Plenty.