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Press Release

Release Date: December 19, 2006

by Kerri McDonald

  • Governor Anoatubby and John Herrington at the Red Earth Dinner

  • Group with Governor Anoatubby at Red Earth Dinner

Several Chickasaw representatives recently participated in the Red Earth Benefit Dinner and Auction at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby served as the evening’s keynote speaker and Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington served as an honorary chair for the event committee.

Red Earth, Inc. is an educational nonprofit organization working to promote, preserve and promulgate the rich traditions of American Indian history and cultures. The event helped raise funds to support the organization’s work.

“What an honor to be asked to speak at this wonderful event,” stated Governor Anoatubby. “Red Earth does so much to benefit Native Americans of all tribes; it’s great to be part of something that will help their efforts.”

Artists from 14 different tribes contributed paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, bead and wood work and more to the auction that included more than $42,000 worth of artwork.

Included in the action was the work of nine Chickasaw artists. Those contributing were Jeannie Barbour, Brent Greenwood, Micah Hart, Joshua Hinson, Susie Johnston, Mike Larsen, Fran Rice, Joanna Underwood and Daniel Worchester.

In 2006, Red Earth awarded Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen as the year’s Honored One. This award recognizes a Native American master visual artist who supports and positively influences the Native American artistic community, and who embraces and embodies the collective wisdom of his/her cultural experience.

Red Earth’s work falls in three main areas. The Red Earth Museum hosts a respected permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of Native American art. The organization's educational programs operate year-round, drawing from exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, and seminars that showcase art, dance, music, and literature. Its annual festival is the largest and most respected Native American visual and performing arts event of its type in the world.

Proceeds collected from the art auction benefit Red Earth’s general fund and will be used in all three areas.