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Release Date: January 14, 2007
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby purchased the first Oklahoma Centennial postage stamp sold from the Tishomingo, Okla. Post Office. Gov. Anoatubby purchased several first day cancellations of the stamp at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 from postmaster Kalynne Johnson.

Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen designed the stamp, which features a sunrise over the Cimarron River.

“To be in the historic Chickasaw Capital celebrating the Oklahoma centennial by purchasing a stamp designed by a Chickasaw artist is a very moving experience,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “Chickasaw citizens celebrated the 150th anniversary of the original Chickasaw Constitution a few months ago not far from here.

“Today, Chickasaw citizens who are also citizens of the state of Oklahoma take great pride in celebrating this event as well.”

During the Sept. 9, 2006 unveiling of the stamp in Oklahoma City Mr. Larsen said the image on the stamp was inspired by the view from the porch of his home where he and his wife, Martha, drink coffee and watch the sunrise.

“When I consider the fact that there are going to be millions of little-bitty Mike Larsen paintings, and over the image that I painted are the words ‘Oklahoma, Oh what a beautiful morning,’ I couldn’t be more proud,” said Larsen at the time.

Gov. Anoatubby was also present for that unveiling celebration.

“It is a source of great pride that the image of a sunrise painted by a Chickasaw master artist was chosen to commemorate the Oklahoma Centennial,” said Gov. Anoatubby at the time. “The selection of this image by this artist is symbolic of the dawning of a new and even brighter century of progress for all people in the state.”

Event activities included a flag raising ceremony by members of the local American Legion post. Members of the Johnston County historical Society in period dress were present for the event. Students from Tishomingo schools sang “Oklahoma!”

District 22 State representative Paul Roan, Tishomingo Mayor Rex Morrell, Murray State College President Dr. William Pennington and city council members were also present for the event.