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Release Date: April 20, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

A select group of advertisers honored the Chickasaw Press with four prestigious ADDY Awards in the 2022 American Advertising Awards Competition. Announced February 19, the awards recognize the best advertising promotions throughout the year in Oklahoma.

“The Chickasaw Press is made up of an extremely talented group of writers and videographers,” said Chad Hamilton, Chickasaw Press digital production manager. “To receive such a prestigious accolade for one of our productions is such an honor. Being out in the field filming and preserving the Chickasaw culture is what we love to do. Receiving an award for doing what you love is such a beautiful thing.”

ADDY Awards are prestigious awards within the advertising community. The Chickasaw Press entered into head-to-head competition with premiere advertising, marketing and publication agencies statewide.

The Chickasaw Press received two gold awards, one silver and one bronze award at the competition. Chickasaw Press’s “Little Bird” book trailer and cover won two of the coveted gold recognitions, while the book trailer for “88 Straight” took silver. The Chickasaw Press Catalog won bronze.

“Little Bird,” a Chickasaw Press book published in 2021, is based on accounts of real people and events from the days of Indian Territory. The book was written by Chickasaw author Mary Ruth Barnes and tells the story of one woman’s bravery in the face of heartbreak and misfortune.

“Again, I cannot tell you enough what a distinguished honor it is to be part of such a talented group of artists that helped bring this book to life through a book trailer,” Hamilton said. “Mary Ruth Barnes is such a talented author, and to see this piece move up the competition ladder to regional competition provides inspiration to our entire team.”

Those who win gold level ADDY Awards are eligible to continue to compete at regional and national levels, with dates expected to be announced soon.

Judged on style, creativity and excellence, groups that have entries in the ADDY Awards at the local level can earn one of three recognitions: gold, silver or bronze.

The “88 Straight” book trailer received a silver ADDY Award. The book is based on the true account of a small, but record-setting Oklahoma women’s college team. It follows a young woman from her instant passion for basketball through the confusions and anxieties of her young and dedicated life, family tensions and tragedies, and the discovery of her Chickasaw heritage.

This year a bronze ADDY was awarded to the Chickasaw Press Catalog, which had been presented with a gold ADDY Award in a past competition.

The awards received in Oklahoma City were part of the first phase in a three-tier competition. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the American Advertising Awards national competition.

Competition is fierce for ADDY Awards. Competitors include large advertising agencies with big teams working on advertising projects, midsized companies with a small group working on projects and freelance individuals who complete advertising work individually. Advertising of all media types is entered in the competition.

“Our goal at Chickasaw Press is to help educate the world about Chickasaw history and culture,” Hamilton said. “By competing within the advertising community, we hope to reach a whole new audience. I feel it is important for the authors at Chickasaw Press to have a voice while helping preserve the culture of the Chickasaw Nation. We are honored to be a small part of that voice through the book trailers and books we help create.”

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