A deep understanding of the importance of ancestral history and traditions

Robert Perry is a man who has dedicated much of his life to the Chickasaw Nation. His time and service have been recognized in a number of ways.

Perry is an accomplished engineer and author. While busy as an engineer, he was also elected to the Chickasaw Advisory Council. Although he worked in Houston, Texas, he still made it to monthly meetings from 1965 to 1978.

As an author, Robert Perry has three published works. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Some of his work has been featured on display in the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Aside from being an author and engineer, Perry’s devotion to the Chickasaw Nation has been evident in many other ways. He spent eight years as a board member for the Chickasaw Historical Society. He has also served on the Chickasaw Council of Elders. He spends much of his time now unearthing Chickasaw history. Perry understands the importance of knowing all about his ancestors’ history and traditions.

Accomplishments

  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Emeritus Chickasaw Historical Society board member
  • Won “Best In Show” in 2008 for his blown-glass sculpture, “Black Drinking Cup” at the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Culture Awards