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Release Date: July 05, 2007

by Tony Choate

An award winning author, a former tribal legislator, a former BIA official and a tribal elder dedicated to preserving Chickasaw culture will be inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame 6:30 p.m. August 10 at Riverwind Casino in Norman.

Retired astronaut and Chickasaw Hall of Fame member John Herrington will serve as master of ceremonies at the event.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will participate in the induction ceremonies.

"It is a privilege to honor each of these outstanding individuals," said Gov. Anoatubby. "This is a diverse group with a wide variety of talents and abilities. One thing they share, however, is an unselfish dedication to serving others."

Pulitzer Prize finalist Linda Hogan, former BIA official Zane Browning and tribal elder Pauline Carpenter Brown are scheduled to be present for the induction ceremony.

Former tribal legislator Robert Stephens will be inducted posthumously. Family members are expected to accept the award on his behalf.

Ms. Hogan is a poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and essayist. She has played a prominent role in the development of contemporary Native American poetry and prose.

Her novel Mean Spirit was a finalist for a Pulitzer in 1990 and won an Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction in 1991. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas in 1998. Other awards are too numerous to list.

Mr. Browning began his career with the BIA at age 19. In 1991, he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior in recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding contributions on behalf of Indian people.

Browning served as superintendent of the local BIA Agency from 1979 to 1993.

He assisted in establishing Chickasaw Nation compacts for control of many BIA programs.

He also helped establish the Chickasaw Nation health clinic in Ardmore.

Mrs. Brown is a fluent speaker of the Chickasaw language and has considerable knowledge of Chickasaw history and culture.

She serves on the Chickasaw Language Committee, the Chickasaw Nation Historical society and the tribal election board.

She also makes use of her knowledge in her work as a consultant to Wickliffe Mounds Archeological Site in Kentucky, the Union County Historical and Genealogical Museum in Mississippi, and The Old Post Office Museum also in Mississippi.

Mr. Stephens served on the original steering committee which wrote the by-laws of the Chickasaw Nation in 1978.

He served two terms as a Chickasaw tribal legislator and was the first chairperson of that legislative body.

He was director of cultural resources and served as chairman of the cultural committee for the Chickasaw Nation.

Mr. Stephens was the first gaming commissioner for the Chickasaw Nation. He also served as Chairman and vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required for the event, which is expected to accommodate approximately 400 guests.

Reservations are being accepted. Reservations must be made by July 28.

For more information, or to make reservations, contact:

Janet Reubin
520 E. Arlington
PO Box 1548
Ada, OK 74821,
Phone: 580-436-7265