A decorated war hero and distinguished public servant

David R. Stout is the former chairman of the Chickasaw tribal legislature. He was born in 1943, and served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1977. During his time in the Army, Stout was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and various other military honors. He retired from active duty after 9 years and joined the National Guard’s 1345th Transportation Company to work as a supply technician.

Stout later went on to serve in the Chickasaw tribal legislature. He was elected in 1987 by the Pickens District and then reelected in 1990. During his time with the tribal legislature, he served as the secretary, a member of the history and culture committee, a member of the personnel and finance committee, a member of the land committee and was eventually elected chairman.

Stout was pivotal in the construction and planning of what was to become the David Stout Building. The building operated as the official facility for the tribal legislature. In 1991, it was named to pay tribute to Stout "in honor of his work, devotion and dedication to the Chickasaw people."


  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Chickasaw Tribal Legislature’s “David Stout Building” named in honor of him
  • Elected chairman of the Chickasaw tribal legislature
  • Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, as well as other military honors while enlisted in the U.S. military