The SevenStar Gala, held Sept. 26, 2015, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to RSVP is September 11. All contributions to the Cherokee National Historical Society are tax deductible.
Contemporary Achievement Award Recipients
GARY “LITEFOOT” DAVIS currently serves as president and chief operating officer of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). He has served as vice president of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls. Through his company, Litefoot Enterprises, Davis has facilitated an array of cross-sector business opportunities in Indian Country, ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and general consulting services. Davis has starred in several films, including “The Indian in the Cupboard” and “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.” He has appeared in the television series “C.S.I. Miami,” “Family Law” and “Any Day Now.”
KIMBERLY TEEHEE, a Cherokee Nation citizen and fluent speaker of the Cherokee language, is vice president of special projects for Cherokee Nation Businesses. An advocate and lobbyist on Native American issues, Teehee served as senior policy advisor for Native American affairs in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2012. Teehee was born in Chicago, Ill., but grew up in Claremore, Okla. A graduate of Northeastern State University, Teehee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991. She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995.
Stalwart Award Recipients
GOVERNOR BILL ANOATUBBY began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975. In 1979, he was elected as the tribe’s first lieutenant governor and, in 1987, was elected to his first term as governor. During his first term, he established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on the way to achieving those goals. In 1987, the tribe had about 250 employees. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs nearly 13,000 people. Under Anoatubby’s leadership, the financial condition of the tribe has been strengthened tremendously. Governor Anoatubby is committed to meeting the needs of Chickasaw people through programs and services. Anoatubby and his wife, Janice, have two sons, Brian and Chris, and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney and Preslea.
BRETT RIGGS is a research archaeologist and an adjunct associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His areas of research include archaeology, ethnohistory, Cherokee cultural history and the southeastern United States. He continuously is involved in archaeological digs and research in the American Southeast. Dr. Riggs was instrumental in creating Diligwa, 1710 Cherokee Village for the Cherokee Heritage Center. Original renderings of Diligwa were formed by his archaeological and historical research. From summer and winter home placement and the types of materials used by early 18th century Cherokees to the use of arbors and the interpretation of trade, Dr. Riggs’ research was vital to understanding Diligwa.
ALFRED “ALFIE” VICK is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia. Vick is a licensed landscape architect and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Fellow. Vick earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering psychology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. Vick is a specialist in plants of the Southern Appalachians and served as project leader on the Institute of Native American Studies’ (INAS) ongoing project with the Cherokee National Historical Society to design and construct the Diligwa, 1710 Cherokee Village on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla.
JACE WEAVER is the Franklin professor of Native American studies and the director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia. Weaver is the author or editor of a dozen books in Native American studies, the most recent being “The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). He also was the historical advisor on the PBS American Experience documentary “The Trail of Tears.”
Tradition Bearer Award Recipients
MARTHA BERRY, a Cherokee Nation citizen, began studying and creating traditional Cherokee beadwork in the 1980s after teaching herself the art form by studying historic artifacts. Berry creates bandolier bags, ceremonial sashes, belts, knee bands, purses and moccasins. When possible, she uses authentic early 19th century materials, techniques, styles and designs. Berry has won many awards for her work. She has lectured in major cities across the United States and has work in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. In August of 2013, Cherokee Nation designated Berry a Cherokee National Treasure for her work in preserving and perpetuating the art of traditional Cherokee beadwork.
LORENE DRYWATER lives near Tahlequah, Okla., not far from the Illinois River. A Cherokee National Treasure, Drywater makes a variety of crafts and has become most recognized for her buffalo grass dolls. In 1995, Drywater gained international fame when she was featured in a National Geographic article about Cherokee Nation. The article noted that Drywater was among only a few Cherokees who continue to make buffalo grass dolls. She has seven children, eighteen grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Much of the buffalo grass used to make her dolls is grown on her property, though friends and family also gather the plant for her from the across the area.
Warrior Award Recipient
CAPTAIN WESLEY R. MCCALL is a Cherokee Nation citizen and native of Tahlequah, Okla. A 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, McCall earned a degree in oceanography. He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, where he received a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies, and a 2013 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. Captain McCall’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign and unit awards. He was the 1998 HS-10 Instructor Pilot of the Year and recipient of the Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet Navy and Marine Corps Association peer-selected Leadership Award for 2009.