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Kevin Meeks

S15 • E8
Rear Admiral Kevin D. Meeks credits his Chickasaw heritage with giving him strength to overcome adversity.

Gene Arpelar

S15 • E6
Gene Arpelar is proud to have served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Dwight Durant

S15 • E4
Lieutenant Dwight Durant of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is proud to serve the public through a career in law enforcement.

Rebecca Owens

S14 • E7
Retired Naval Officer Rebecca Owens is just one in a long line of venerable Chickasaw warrior women.

Nathaniel Thomas

S14 • E3
After WWII, Chickasaw citizen Nathaniel Thomas answered God's call and became a minister.

Jay and Mike Mitchell

S6 • E6
Mike and Jay Mitchell have both served in the Oklahoma National Guard and were deployed at the same time and relocated to the same operating base.

Linda English Weeks

S2 • E1
Linda English Weeks argues the importance of early education to reducing the brain drain in Oklahoma, as well as to our economic well-being.

Kevin Washburn

S13 • E4
A native of OKC and a graduate of Yale Law School, Kevin Washburn is currently a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Jennifer Barnes

S3 • E3
Jennifer Barnes talks about some of the educational opportunities available through the Chickasaw Nation.

Bill Scott

S12 • E1
Bill Scott, oldest son of famed Chickasaw aviator Pearl Carter Scott, explains the impact his mother had on his life.

Beaulah Shavney

S5 • E3
Beaulah Shavney describes her experiences as an original member of the Women's Army Auxiliary during World War II.

Bill Wright

S12 • E2
Chickasaw citizen Bill Wright, a Durant native and longtime veteran of the National Park Service, brought his skills back to Oklahoma in 2015.

T.W. Shannon

S6 • E1
T.W. Shannon describes how the fierce Chickasaw warriors did more than just protect their homelands from invaders.

Robert Tuttle

S12 • E3
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert Tuttle says he's incredibly proud to be Chickasaw.

Thelma Chincie Ross

S8 • E2
Chickasaw elder Thelma Chincie Ross was a World War II Code Talker Administrator.

Matthew Neumeyer

S4 • E6
Veteran Matthew Neumeyer explains why war is more than just firing a weapon.

Jerry Brown

S13 • E6
Graduating from Oklahoma A&M in 1943 with a degree in education, Chickasaw Jerry Brown was soon recruited into the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

Benjamin Espinosa

S14 • E1
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Chickasaw citizen Benjamin Espinosa made the bold decision to join the U.S. Navy.

Videos

Jerry Brown: Evolving Roles for Women

1m
At 95 years old, Chickasaw citizen Jerry Brown isn't slowing down.

Robert Tuttle: My Father Holmes Tuttle

1m 30s
Loving son Robert Tuttle, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, counts himself lucky to have had Holmes Tuttle as a father.

February 15, 2014 – T.W. Shannon for Senate

1m 30s
Chickasaw citizen T.W. Shannon announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Bethlehem Baptist Church – the church he grew up in – in Lawton, OK.

February 15, 2013 – T.W. Shannon

2m 30s
T.W. Shannon discusses the challenges he faces as the newly sworn Oklahoma Speaker of the House.

February 1, 2013 – T.W. Shannon

1m
On the day of his induction he greets men and women of the armed forces who have been wounded during active duty.

Family Encouraging Healthy Habits

1m 30s
Healthy lifestyles can be strengthened when the entire family is involved.

Native American Risk

1m 30s
Native American communities are statistically at a higher risk to become type 2 diabetic.

Lifestyle Changes

1m 30s
Increasing rates of diabetes make monitoring one's lifestyle a necessity.

Dr. Judy Goforth Parker: Obesity

1m
Obesity is a growing issue in the United States and can also raise a person's risk for type 2 diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

1m 30s
Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood glucose levels.

Diabetes: An American Epidemic

1m
Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, and in Oklahoma as many as 40% of Native Americans are impacted by the disease.

December 1, 2011 – Jerry Brown, World War II Veteran

5m 30s
Jeraldine "Jerry" Brown was recruited into the United States Army following her college graduation in 1943.

Overcoming Obstacles

1m
Though the career of any public official is filled with challenges, Lisa Billy's Chickasaw heritage keeps her from being discouraged.

Passions in Legislature

1m 30s
Chief among Lisa Billy's priorities in the legislature are two things.

Influence of Motherhood

1m
Even when Lisa Billy is at the capitol and her children are in school, she is still heavily influenced by her role as a mother.

Typical Day in My Life

2m
Lisa Billy's job sometimes requires her to work 14- and 15-hour days, but she always makes spending time with her family a priority.

First Female Native American Congresswoman in District

2m
Lisa Billy is not only the first female congressman in her district— she is also the first Indian.

Mother and Representative

2m 30s
Lisa Billy says the biggest challenge to her credibility has been being a "housewife" and mother.

Strength of My Grandmother

1m
From state meetings to picking cotton, work has always been a family affair for the Billys — especially for the strong matriarchs.

Enduring Spirit of Chickasaw People

1m
A spirit of enduring, a spirit of adaptiveness ... these are the phrases Lisa Billy uses to describe Chickasaw people.
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Profiles

Rebecca Owens

Committed to Helping Fellow Veterans
Rebecca Owens is just one in a long line of venerable Chickasaw warrior women.

Benjamin Espinosa

A proud military serviceman with a love for his country and his tribe
Military service runs in Benjamin Espinosa’s blood.

Jerry Brown

A patriotic World War II veteran with deep Chickasaw roots
95-year-old Jeraldine "Jerry" Brown says it was her Chickasaw family members who taught her how to love life.

Kevin Washburn

A lifetime of work advocating for the legal rights of Native American people
Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn has spent practically his entire adult life working on behalf of Native American nations.

Robert Tuttle

Proud Chickasaw and trusted aide to former president Ronald Reagan
Though he has traveled all over the country and the world, Chickasaw citizen Robert Tuttle has deep roots right here in Oklahoma.

Bill Wright

A proud Chickasaw citizen and protector of Chickasaw Country
Chickasaw citizen Bill Wright, a Durant native and longtime veteran of the National Park Service, brought his skills back to Oklahoma in 2015.

Bill Scott

His selfless sacrifice is a reflection of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw warrior spirit
Born in 1933, Bill Scott is a proud Korean War veteran and member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Dr. Judy Goforth Parker

A Dynamic Chickasaw Woman committed to the health of the Chickasaw Nation
Dr. Judy Goforth Parker is the Secretary of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Health.

Gene Arpelar

Loving the country he served
Gene Arpelar is a Chickasaw veteran of the U.S. Navy whose time abroad deepened his love for America.

T.W. Shannon

A modern-day Chickasaw warrior and public servant
Tahrohon Wayne Shannon is the state of Oklahoma’s first African-American Speaker of the House.

Major Matthew Neumeyer

A shining example of valor, courage and honor
From captain to major, Matthew Neumeyer is an exemplary display of the courage and fortitude found in the Chickasaws.

Linda Briggs

A dedicated public servant to her hometown, state and the Chickasaw people
Linda has served as the Pickens District Representative to the Chickasaw Tribal Legislature from 1994 to 2000, and then from 2001 to the present.

Thelma "Chincie" Ross

Military veteran devoted to furthering the progress of the Native American people
Ross dedicated much of her life to tribal involvement and furthering the progress of the Native American people.

Linda English Weeks

A proud understanding of what the Chickasaw people have to offer
Linda is a former administrator of the Oklahoma governor's mansion and is a strong advocate for all the wonderful things her state has to offer.

Kevin Meeks

A public servant dedicated to helping Native communities
Long-time public servant Rear Admiral Kevin D. Meeks draws on his Chickasaw heritage to help Native communities.

Jay & Mike Mitchell

Brothers and military servicemen who have honored their nation and their tribe
Jay & Mike Mitchell are two brothers who have honored their nation and their tribe through years of service in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Nathaniel Thomas

A Navy Veteran Following God's Path
After WWII, Chickasaw citizen Nathaniel Thomas answered God's call and became a minister.

Beaulah Shavney

A brave military veteran, treasured elder and proud Chickasaw citizen
Shavney was a proud Chickasaw woman and an original member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary during World War II.

Jennifer Barnes-Kerns

Chickasaw attorney and foreign service diplomat
Jennifer Barnes-Kerns is the Vice-Consul and the Political/Economic/Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Dwight Durant

Serving his state and nation
Lieutenant Dwight Durant of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is proud of a career with such an honorable institution.
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