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Enduring Spirit of Chickasaw People

As told by Lisa Billy

A spirit of enduring, a spirit of adaptiveness ... these are the phrases Lisa Billy uses to describe Chickasaw people, most notably Governor Anoatubby, Neal McCaleb and Helen Cole. "They have set an example that has been very important for me," Billy says. "I hope and I pray I can pass that example on to the next generation of Chickasaw people."

A spirit of enduring, a spirit of adaptiveness ... these are the phrases Lisa Billy uses to describe Chickasaw people, most notably Governor ...

Lisa Billy

State Representative


A former small business owner and educator at the University of Oklahoma, Rep. Lisa Billy, a decorated Chickasaw, now serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Rep. Billy studied at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in business and fine arts. She then continued on to the University of Oklahoma, receiving her Master of Education degree. Before serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Lisa served as a legislator for the Chickasaw Nation.

Lisa is an extremely family-oriented Chickasaw and has raised her family with a rich knowledge of the Chickasaw heritage. The Billys enjoy sports, hunting, tribal dancing and serving at the Light House Worship Center.

Rep. Billy’s work in the House of Representatives is unprecedented for a Native American woman. She is the past chairman of both the International, Federal and Tribal Relations Committee and the Appropriations for Public Safety Committee. She currently is an assistant majority whip, chairs the Appropriations of Higher Education Committee and sits on the General Government/Transportation, Human Services and Children & Families Committees. In 2006, she started the first Oklahoma Native American Caucus.

Accomplishments

  • Received the Kate Barnard Award in 2012 for her work on prison reformation policies
  • State Trooper Association Legislator of the Year, 2012
  • OPEA Legislator of the Year, 2010
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Inducted into the NSU Hall of Fame
  • Received the Institute of Child Advocacy Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Honored with the “Oklahoma Spirit” Award
  • Girl Scouts of the USA “Woman of Distinction” Award

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