Norman — A culture bearer, a pillar of the community, a dedicated educator, a devoted physician and a Native American diplomat comprise the 2014 class of the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Riverwind Showplace Theater in Norman. Gov. Bill Anoatubby will participate in the induction ceremonies.
The 2014 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductees are Irene L. Digby, Davis; Marvin E. Mitchell, Fitzhugh; James Wilburn Hampton, M.D., Oklahoma City; Silas C. Wolf Jr., Norman; and Chickasaw Ambassador Charles Blackwell. Blackwell will be inducted posthumously.
“It is our privilege to honor these individuals who have made significant contributions to the Chickasaw Nation and the larger community,” Anoatubby said. “Their commitment to sharing tribal history, culture and heritage, protecting sovereignty, promoting educational opportunities, healing the sick and serving others epitomizes the spirit and perseverance of the Chickasaw people.”
Irene Lois Pettigrew Digby
A true diplomat of the Chickasaw Nation, 92-year-old Irene Lois Pettigrew Digby shares Chickasaw culture, heritage and tradition with her friends and neighbors in her hometown of Davis and beyond.
A distinguished Chickasaw storyteller, Digby can often be found sharing Indian tales and teaching Chickasaw ways to children at Davis Public Schools. Through teachable moments with younger generations, she strives to keep Chickasaw culture and heritage flourishing.
For her efforts, Digby was inducted into the Davis Alumni Association in October 2013.
A fluent Chickasaw speaker, she teaches and shares her native language, along with beading and Chickasaw hymns to all generations. Digby also passes on her well-known traditional Pashofa recipe to other cooks.
Marvin Mitchell is known as a rock, a leader, a mentor and a compassionate man who lives by a value system in his Pontotoc County community.
Selected by Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby to serve on the Chickasaw Nation Industries board of directors in 1998, Mitchell is the sole remaining original board member. Under his guidance, CNI has grown from the $50,000 initial investment to more than $250 million in annual revenue, with 10 LLCs operating within the corporate structure.