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Release Date: September 27, 2007

by Tony Choate

A state legislator, a teacher of Chickasaw language, tribal historians and southeastern artists will be honored at the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards ceremony 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Murray State Ballroom in Tishomingo, Okla.

Oklahoma State Representative Lisa Johnson-Billy will be honored as Dynamic Woman of the Chickasaw Nation.

In 2004, Rep.Billy became the first Native American and woman woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 42.

Rep. Billy is the chairman of the newly created International, Federal and Tribal Relations Committee.

In 2006, she initiated the first Oklahoma Native American Caucus and currently serves as the co-chair. She is also vice-chair of the majority caucus and a deputy whip.

Stanley, Smith will receive the Silver Feather award for servce in preservinc Chickasaw heritage and culture.