SevenStar Gala

The Cherokee National Historical Society Board of Trustees and Cherokee Nation Businesses
Invite You to the 2017 SevenStar Gala

The SevenStar Gala, held October 28th, 2017, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, will recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture.

To attend this historic event or to make a donation, contact Becky Adair at (918) 456-6007 EXT 6160 or via email at
Deadline to RSVP is October 13, 2017.  All contributions to the Cherokee National Historical Society are tax deductible.


2016 Stalwart Award Recipient


BANK OF OKLAHOMA is committed to supporting local, nonprofit organizations which serve a unique and important role in Oklahoma communities. These efforts continue to assist organizations that are dedicated to improving education, accelerating economic development, providing for basic needs and coordinating with the United Way.  Thanks to the partnership between Bank of Oklahoma and the Cherokee National Historical Society, the Cherokee Heritage Center has been able to serve Cherokee citizens, local artists and the community with a wide variety of cultural programming and annual art shows.

2016 Tradition Bearer Award Recipient


SHAN GOSHORN is a multimedia artist and citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Growing up, Goshorn and her family lived in Bel Air, Maryland, and Cherokee, North Carolina.  While a student, Goshorn earned degrees in both painting and photography, attending the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Atlanta College of Art. As a self-taught weaver, Goshorn credits many generations of basket makers before her for inspiring her work.  Goshorn has received top honors in several art shows over the years, including the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Indian Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, the Cherokee Art Market in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and the Red Earth Indian Art Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


2016 Warrior Award Recipient


REAR ADMIRAL JACK E. BUFFINGTON retired from the United States Navy in 1995 after 34 years of distinguished service. Most recently, Buffington served as Commander, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers. As the senior civil engineer in the Navy, he was responsible for planning, design and construction of naval facilities around the world. A native of Westville, Oklahoma, Buffington earned his bachelors in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas and his masters in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Recent awards attest to Buffington’s remarkable leadership. These include a ‘Best of Type’ and the coveted Peltier Award, given only to the Navy’s top Seabee battalion.