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Five Inducted into Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame

NORMAN, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led May 31 induction ceremonies for the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.

Ms. Jerry Brown, the late Kennedy W. Brown, William R. Kinney, Jr., the late Lila Dean McManus, and Joe F. Moore, Sr., were inducted in ceremonies at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

"Each Hall of Fame induction ceremony is special and significant, because of the extraordinary individuals we honor," Gov. Anoatubby said.

"Tonight, we celebrate all of our inductees for their accomplishments and contributions. We also celebrate these individuals for their commitment, perseverance, honesty, integrity, loyalty, care and compassion.

|"These values have long been a vital part of the culture of the Chickasaw people, and guided the lives of countless Chickasaws for generations and led these inductees to success in their various fields of employment. Success that can be measured by the positive impact their work has on others in their communities, the Chickasaw Nation and around the world.

"Tonight, we honor each of these inductees for the inspiring example of Chickasaw values in action.

"Congratulations to each of our inductees and their families."

Ms. Jerry Brown, Edmond, Oklahoma

Jerry Brown has a lifelong legacy of service to her country, her family and to enhancing the education of Oklahoma's youth.

In 1943, at the height of World War II, Ms. Brown enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

She served in a photo-intelligence unit at the Pentagon and was one of the first to witness the devastation when the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan.

Following the war, Ms. Brown served as a full time and substitute teacher with the Edmond School District until she was 90 years old.

Retiring in 2012, she became an active member of the University of Oklahoma Medical Center Edmond Volunteer Auxiliary.

"Jeraldine Brown –Jerry- is a great example of the power of perseverance to shape history and positively influence the lives of others," Gov. Anoatubby said.

"From a young age, she showed extraordinary dedication to achieving her goals. It was this type of dedication that led her into military service and later into teaching. As important as her work in the military was, her work as a teacher was perhaps even more important, as she had a positive impact on the lives of students over generations.

"That level of perseverance and dedication and is an example to all of us.

"Thank you for your service to our country and for all your contributions to education and the Chickasaw Nation," he said.

Ms. Brown, who was accompanied by her family, credited her Chickasaw heritage and family for guiding her life's path during her acceptance speech.

"Being a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation has opened so many doors that I would have never known," she said. "Thank you for this wonderful award. I am so proud and grateful to receive this honor."

Kennedy W. Brown

Kennedy Brown devoted his entire life in service to his country, his community and to the Chickasaw people.

In 1987, Mr. Brown was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, serving until 1991. Following his term, Mr. Brown was a special assistant to Governor Anoatubby, contributing years of experience to a wide variety of projects.

Mr. Brown was a voting member of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma. In 1994, he was appointed to the board of directors for the Chickasaw Historical Society, serving more than two decades. He also served as chairman emeritus of the Chickasaw Foundation.

Mr. Brown began his service to the Chickasaw Nation in 1974 and continued to serve the tribe for 43 years until his passing this year.

Gov. Anoatubby said Mr. Brown epitomized the Chickasaw values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and selflessness.

"My good friend and associate Kennedy Brown served his country, community and especially the Chickasaw Nation more than nearly any individual.

"He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the Chickasaw people and took great joy in doing so. His numerous contributions to the Chickasaw Nation, his community and his country will continue to have an impact for generations.

"We are grateful for his years of service, and we honor him tonight."

Mr. Brown's wife Richenda, son Kelly and daughter-in-law Paula, accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Brown.

"I want to take this time to thank the Governor. I want to thank every Chickasaw citizen," said Paula Brown.

"Anyone that knew Kennedy knew what a special person he was. He loved working for the Chickasaw people, the Chickasaw Nation, the Governor and Lt. Governor. He loved to help people."

She encouraged the audience to continue the traits Mr. Brown demonstrated: love, empathy and encouragement.

"We all need to take the torch he carried and pick up where he left off," she said.

William R. Kinney, Austin, Texas

As a globally-recognized auditing standard setter, William R. Kinney, has made worldwide contributions through auditing and accounting research, by contributing to standard-setting organizations, and fostering growth and excellence in his fellow scholars and practice.

During his 50-year academic career, Mr. Kinney has penned nine books, monographs and more than 100 scholarly articles that appeared in top accounting journals and substantially influenced the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission policy.

Gov. Anoatubby described Mr. Kinney as an expert in accounting and auditing.

"He has shared his knowledge with others through decades of teaching and writing and he has sought ways to improve the field by developing standards and influencing policy.

"Recognizing the importance of diversity in the field of accounting, Mr. Kinney has long been a strong advocate for that diversity.

"Tonight, we are honored to recognize his accomplishments and induct him into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame," he said.

Mr. Kinney said he was deeply honored and humbled for the honor, and proud to inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.

"My sincere thanks to those who had anything to do with my nomination and induction," he said.

Mr. Kinney noted the remarkable progress of programs and services for Chickasaw citizens that he has witnessed in this lifetime.

"Chickasaws do treat people right. I am proud of that and proud to be a Chickasaw. Thank you everyone."

Lila Dean McManus

Lila Dean McManus devoted 40 years of her life to enhancing the lives of Chickasaw people.

Mrs. McManus was elected to the Chickasaw Legislature in 1999 and was re-elected five times, serving until her passing in 2017.

She served the Chickasaw Legislature as Secretary in 2002-03 and the Human Resources Committee chairperson. She was a member of the legislative, finance, health, historical and cultural preservation committees.

In 1975, Mrs. McManus, a full-blood Chickasaw, became one of only 25 employees of the Chickasaw Nation.

"Dean McManus dedicated her life to service to the Chickasaw people," Gov. Anoatubby said. "Her dedication and hard work have improved the quality of life of the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw people.

"We thank Dean McManus for her commitment and passion in the service of the Chickasaw people."

Mrs. McManus' daughters Dr. Karen Goodnight and Sherri and Kristina McManus accepted the honor.

"On behalf of our entire family, we are so deeply touched and grateful to receive this award honoring our beloved mother," Dr. Goodnight said.

"She was a woman of great integrity, with a passion for serving God and serving people. She was a true servant-leader. She was always the light. She was the vision of grace, and she brought kindness and love to everyone.

"It was her dream to be inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame and her dream came true tonight. We will treasure this award forever, because it confirms the amazing legacy she leaves upon our hearts, the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw people," she said.

Joe F. Moore, Houston, Texas

Joe F. Moore had a long career in the oil, gas and computing business that began as a consulting company and grew into a worldwide enterprise.

Graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Moore's company improved efficiency and computer modeling of oil refining operations.

Throughout his career, he has been recognized for accomplishments in engineering, electronic computing, university education, science policy and research.

"All of tonight's inductees are motivated to be of service in their communities and to achieve great success in their chosen fields. Joe Moore certainly embodies these qualities and others," Gov. Anoatubby said.

"He's an innovator, an entrepreneur, a business man and a leader in his career and his community. He is an example to future generations that with creativity and courage, great things can be achieved.

"Tonight, we recognize Mr. Moore for his leadership, his success as an entrepreneur and business man and his many contributions to his community."

Mr. Moore said he was humbled to be included among many of his family members to be included in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, as he accepted his award.

"It is a high honor and one that I will treasure for me and my relations," he said.

Former speaker of the Oklahoma House T.W. Shannon served as master of ceremonies and 2017 Silver Feather Recipient Daniel Worcester led the invocation. Chickasaw citizen Eryn Anoatubby and Willow Vaughn sang the national anthem, and the Chickasaw Honor Guard posted the colors. John Bomboy & Band, featuring James Monroe, provided entertainment.

More than 600 people attended the ceremonies.

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