Hughes County man to join Native American Hall of Fame

Dr. John Herrington

Hughes County native Dr. John B. Herrington will be inducted Saturday into the National Native American Hall of Fame in Phoenix.

The National Native American Hall of Fame will host its inaugural induction in Phoenix.

Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Tribe and a retired astronaut, is one of 12 Native Americans to be honored.

The inductees also include Olympians Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) and Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota); prima ballerina Maria Tallchief; writers Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux) and N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa); writer Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache); advocates LaDonna Harris (Comanche Nation) and Eloise Cobell (Blackfeet); educator Lionel Bordeaux (Sicagu Lakoa); fallen soldier Lori Piestewa (Hopi); and Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee Nation).

Herrington (USN retired), is the first registered member of an American Indian tribe to walk in space during a mission (STS-113) to the International Space Station in November 2002. After retiring from NASA, he then went on to earn a Ph.D. in education and is the president of Herrington Aerospace Limited, promoting science and engineering to civic organizations and youth groups in the United States and Canada. 

Herrington is the grandson of the late Robert and Velma Herrington of Wetumka and Cub and Louella Owens of the Fairview community. His parents, Jim and Joyce Herrington, reside in Ada.

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