Robert Perry was elected to the Chickasaw Advisory Council in 1965 during the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and has dedicated many years of service, time and skills to the Chickasaw Nation. His job moved him to Houston shortly after being elected to the council, but he continued to attend monthly Chickasaw Advisory Council meetings through 1978 and served as the council secretary and chairman. Mr. Perry served as chairman on the Chickasaw Industrial Development Board and without a budget or operating money, the board reviewed more than 700 business plans submitted by companies interested in business opportunities with the tribe. Perry spent eight years on the board of the Chickasaw Historical Society and is currently an Emeritus member. He has also served on the Chickasaw Council of Elders since 2004. He has published three books, one of which is currently displayed at the Chickasaw Cultural Center and has spent a lot of time promoting the work of Native American writers and storytellers. Mr. Perry exemplifies a life of service and continues to be actively engaged in the Chickasaw community.