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Press Release

Release Date: July 31, 2006
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. - Reservations are being accepted for the 2006 Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame induction ceremony 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 11 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex and convention center in Ada. Chickasaw citizen and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Rep. Cole is a member of the Chickasaw Hall of Fame as is his late mother Helen Cole and his aunt, Te Ata Fisher. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will participate in the induction ceremonies.

Four individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Mary Stone McClendon, better known as Ataloa, who died in 1967, and Charles David Carter, who died in 1929, will be inducted posthumously. Family members will accept the awards. James E. Amerson and Catherine Pickens Willmond are scheduled to be present when they are inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame.

The event will host approximately 500 guests. Live music and a banquet-style meal are planned. Dress for the event is coat and tie. Reservations must be made by July 28. For reservations, contact Leta Burwell, 520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820 or call (580) 436-7259.