Chickasaw Lives Volume Four: Tribal Mosaic, published in 2012 by Chickasaw Press, has been honored by the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
The book, a compilation of articles researched and written by tribal historian Richard Green, won the Bronze medal in the Mid-West Regional Non-Fiction category of the annual awards. The awards, sponsored by Independent Publisher magazine, were announced in late April.
“Chickasaw Press is proud to continue its unbroken tradition of earning recognition in the publishing world for the quality of our titles,” said Wiley Barnes, director of the Press. “The book business has honored our efforts with at least one significant award every year beginning with Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable, our first book.”
Green, who has served the Chickasaw Nation as historian since 1994, is familiar to readers of Chickasaw Press through his three previous titles in the popular Chickasaw Lives series—Volume One: Explorations in Tribal History, Volume Two: Profiles and Oral Histories, and Volume Three: Sketches of Past and Present—and Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure, published in 2006 by University of Oklahoma Press and now included in the Chickasaw Press catalog.
He served as founding editor of the Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture, and has written numerous articles for the Chickasaw Times and the Nation’s website, www.chickasaw.net.
Chickasaw Lives, Volume Four, is the culmination of a project by Green to research and write stories about Chickasaw history and people. In it, he presents 26 essays in six categories covering a wide range of topics, ranging from 18th and 19th century sketches, to books and treasures to cultural revivals. The stories in Volume Four include a Chickasaw’s struggle with the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; a study of the mystique of the Chickasaw warrior; and the tribal donation to the construction of the Washington Monument. Also included in Volume Four is the story of the detective work involved to find answers about an old flag said to have been presented to Chickasaw leader Levi Colbert for his bravery during the Battle of New Orleans.
All of Green’s books are available through Chickasaw Press, 124 E. 14th St. in Ada; telephone 580-436-7282 or visit the Press website at chickasawpress.com.