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Choctaw Nation

Historic Choctaw leader Allen Wright is among the 92nd class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Induction is considered the State of Oklahoma’s highest honor. The 2019 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony was held Thursday, November 21 at Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City.

Allen Wright, or Kiliahote, was born in Mississippi in 1826. He was a child survivor of the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Choctaw to Indian Territory. His family settled near present-day Lukfata, Oklahoma, in McCurtain County. At age 13, he relocated to Boggy Depot, making it home for the remainder of his life. He made a significant impact on the Choctaw Nation as a civic and religious leader. After fighting in the Civil War, he became Chief of the Choctaw Nation from 1866 to 1870. Wright is known for suggesting the name “Oklahoma” for the new territory. A descendant, Allen Wright, accepted the medallion on behalf of the late Chief Allen Wright.  

The sold-out event will be televised on the HD channel of the Oklahoma Network (OETA) at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 14 and 10 a.m., Sunday, December 15.  

Other 2019 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honorees are James C. Day of Pond Creek; Tricia Everest, Oklahoma City; Gray Frederickson, Oklahoma City; John Herrington, Wetumka; Steve Largent, Tulsa; John T. Nickel, Muskogee, and J.C. Watts Jr., Eufaula. 

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with close to 200,000 tribal members and 10,000 employees. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to