Nominations Now Accepted for Chickasaw Nation 2014 Dynamic Woman of the Year Award

ADA, Okla. - The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Dynamic Woman of the Year Award.

Established in 2006, the Dynamic Woman of the Year award honors Chickasaw women who have made significant contributions to the Nation, served as role models to other Chickasaw women and who have made a difference in the lives of Chickasaws and other citizens, enriching their communities and society at large.

The Dynamic Woman of the Year Award salutes the contributions the recipient has made to improving and enhancing the lives of those around her, her professional accomplishments and her dedication to preserving the cultural heritage of the Chickasaw Nation.

Women considered for this award are distinguished and pioneers in their professional field; those who have championed other women and women's issues; and those who exemplify and uphold Chickasaw values, culture and traditions.

Last year’s recipient, Dr. Shannon Speed, of Austin, Texas, has dedicated the past two decades researching and teaching indigenous interests, including women’s rights, politics, law and migration. The director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Speed is dedicated to promoting social justice and equality through research and education.

Dynamic Woman of the Year Award

Chickasaw women, ages 35 and older, with proof of citizenship through Chickasaw Nation Citizenship documentation or Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) are eligible for the Dynamic Women of the Year Award.

Women who are currently serving as a Chickasaw elected official or in an appointed position of the Chickasaw Nation executive branch are not eligible.

The honoree will receive her award during the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival’s Art and Culture Awards, set for Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.

All Dynamic Woman of the Year Award nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted by Aug. 1.

For a nomination form or more information, visit or contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520.

Last Updated: 10/20/2014