Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anaotubby was inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame on April 19.
“It is a great honor to be accepted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame,” Anoatubby said in a press release. “The Chickasaw Nation and Oklahoma have a deep and unique history, one that started before statehood. It is an honor to be recognized alongside those who have made an impact in preserving Oklahoma culture, traditions and history.”
Anoatubby, who is from Tishomingo, Oklahoma, has been governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. In that time he has worked to preserve Chickasaw culture including restoring the Chickasaw Capitol Building in Tishomingo and the Chickasaw White House in Emet, Oklahoma.
His leadership has also resulted in the creation of Chickasaw Press, a publishing company that focuses on books about Chickasaw culture, language and history; the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma where Natives and non-Natives can learn about the Chickasaw culture; as well as feature films focusing on Chickasaw history.
Anoatubby was honored at a luncheon of the Oklahoma Historical Society in April.