A protector of tribal archives, a generous philanthropist, a decorated military hero, an early tribal official and a progressive Chickasaw rancher and politician comprise the 2013 class of the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m.,May 7 at Riverwind Showplace Theater in Norman.
Established in 1987, the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame honors Chickasaws who have made significant contributions to Chickasaw people or the Native American community.
The 2013 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductees are Betty Ruth Kemp, of Norman; Colbert Latimer “Bud” Baker, of Marco Island, Fla.; Gene “Nashoba” Thompson, of Austin, Texas; Thomas Benjamin Thompson, Sr.; and Benson Pikey.
Mr. Thompson and Mr. Pikey will be inducted posthumously.
Governor Bill Anoatubby will participate in the 2013 induction ceremonies.
“It is our privilege to honor these individuals who have made significant contributions to the Chickasaw Nation and the larger community,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “Their commitment to protecting tribal history, promoting education, and serving others epitomizes the spirit and dedication of the Chickasaw people.”
There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required for the event, which is expected to accommodate approximately 525 guests.
Reservations will be accepted beginning April 13. To make reservations contact Lori Rico at (580) 332-1165 or email Lori.Rico@chickasaw.net.
Induction to the Chickasaw Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Chickasaw by the Chickasaw Nation. For more information about the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, visit www.chickasaw.net/hof.