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Special OU venue stirs 'spirit' of Chickasaw artist

NORMAN, Okla. – For more than 60 years, Lance Straughn has applied paint to brush and brush to canvas creating realistic impressionism of Native American life. As the leaves of summer acquiesced to autumn 2018, the Chickasaw artist experienced a soul-searing change....

 

"Oops" moment turns golden for Chickasaw twins

WINFIELD, Kan. – Chickasaw twins are living the college experience they dreamed of in this tiny Kansas community best known for crowning America's national champion flat-pick guitar and mandolin players each September. Yet, it was an error that sent Morgan and...

 

Chickasaw veterans lay wreath at national shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chickasaw Nation warriors laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery Monday, Nov. 12, to honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom. Four Chickasaw Vietnam War veterans represented their tribe at...

 

Chickasaw duo to stay busy with '19 arts schedule

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Two Edmond artists are introducing unique works to Native American art shows and festivals while planning an exhaustive 2019 festival schedule. Brothers Jim and Ben Trosper recently concluded an award-winning effort at the Southeastern Art Show...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    August 13, 2018

Chickasaw Hall of Famer gives rare items to tribe

SULPHUR, Okla. – At 74, one of Oklahoma's most famed historians, archeologists and museum curators is ensuring historic items he has collected for more than 60 years will be preserved for future generations. Towana Spivey, a 2012 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee,...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    August 13, 2018

Composer Jerod Tate scores CMA commission

OKLAHOMA CITY – The nation's top national network for commissioned musical compositions has tapped Emmy-winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate to compose a clarinet and piano piece. More than $800,000 was awarded nationally to composers to create...

 

IHS awards cite Chickasaw artist's abstractionism

NORMAN, Okla. – Larry Carter's niche in the Native American art scene is expanding and he hopes to influence contemporary art shows in the future. Framed prints of paintings by Carter, a Chickasaw citizen, were presented to Indian Health Service (IHS) professionals...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    May 18, 2018

New art shows Chickasaw's love of tribe

OKLAHOMA CITY – Brian Landreth's Chickasaw blood stirs him spiritually. His Native art is consuming more of his time. The commercial projects he devotes himself to at his day job as a graphic artist satisfy an artistic itch but not his artistic soul. When the...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    October 3, 2017

Kidney transplant in danger after Chickasaw beats cancer

ADA, Okla. – A young Chickasaw woman successfully defeated breast cancer in 2016 but her quest for restorative health faces an impediment – one she has encountered before. While surgery and a regimen of harsh chemotherapy destroyed Melissa Morgan's cancer, it...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    October 3, 2017

Te Ata, movie star touch young girl's life

TULSA, Okla. – Cerrenah Chesbro waited a year to meet her hero, "Te Ata." The Coweta Southside Elementary School third-grader lightly stroked a homemade gift for Q'orianka Kilcher, the actress who brought "Te Ata" to life in the Chickasaw Nation feature film of the...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    September 1, 2017

Chickasaw artist tops historic Paseo Arts Festival contest

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Chickasaw artist's vision of the famed Paseo Arts District has been selected the official poster for the 41st festival. Brian Landreth's digital creation harkens back to the 1960s. The historic housing district north of downtown Oklahoma City was...

 

Chickasaw student on quest to conduct orchestra

REDLANDS, Calif. – A mid-19th century Bohemian conductor and composer is inspiring a Chickasaw graduate student to pursue a career center stage conducting a full symphony orchestra. Austin Davis is a second-year grad student at the University of Redlands and will...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    May 31, 2017

Tulsa Symphony to premiere Jerod Tate composition

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – The world premiere of Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchachaaha' Tate's commissioned "Muscogee Hymn Suite," will highlight a week of musical entertainment at this year's OK Mozart International Festival June 8-16. Tate's composition was...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    July 7, 2015

Chickasaws adapt to modern storytelling technology

OKLAHOMA CITY – Native American storytelling is changing with modern technologies. In ancient times, stories were passed down orally through generations. At a special presentation June 13, deadCENTER Film Festival participants learned just how advanced Native...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    February 4, 2015

Wide-open spaces lure Chickasaw photographer

EDMOND, Okla. – The timelessness of the universe is Jim Trosper's canvas. It's ever-expanding and awe-inspiring. When Trosper aims his Canon 5D Mark III camera toward heaven, he hopes the resulting photograph will open minds and inspire introspective wonderings about...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    April 16, 2014

Chickasaw master craftsman puts sheen on fixture in Oklahoma Governor's Mansion

OKLAHOMA CITY – Master furniture refinisher Richard Thomas sweeps a bare hand across the blonde-colored French Walnut barn door that dates to 1750. He emits a low sigh while examining it, pointing to unsightly flaws, nicks, and imperfections crying out for his experti...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    March 10, 2014

Portrait of 'Chickasaw gem' graces Oklahoma Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – When the black linen was removed, Bill Scott drew a deep breath, his eyes filled with tears and a smile crossed his lips. Unveiled before him was a portrait of his mother, famed Chickasaw aviator Pearl Carter Scott. The oil on canvas depicts the...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    News    January 2, 2014

Chickasaw educator embarked upon unexpected career

BYNG – There definitely is something about Merry. Rev. Howard and Mrs. Lorena Baker knew their daughter would be born at Christmastime. When she did arrive, on December 20, 1950, they christened her Merry Carol. While unusual, the name fits her to a tee. She sings, lo...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    Events   

Native American youths to hit links June 8

Native American youth ages 12-18 are invited to participate in the Native American Junior Open Golf Tournament slated Saturday, June 8 at Lakeview Golf Course in Ardmore. The qualifying tournament allows youngsters and teens the experience of a tournament atmosphere qualifying round without the pressure of preforming...

 
 By Gene Lehmann    Features    May 8, 2013

Chickasaw woman making dynamic impact on her students

“If you can read this, thank a teacher,” the bumper sticker ahead stated triumphantly. It takes passion to be a teacher. It takes devotion. It requires patience and it requires an understanding some students are going to excel in a vocational setting while others...

 

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