Mary Ruth Barnes
Published June 12, 2016
ADA, OKLAHOMA — The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting nominations through August 5 for the 2016 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 pioneers in their professional field; those who have championed other women and women’s issues; and those who exemplify and sustain Chickasaw values, culture and traditions.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Dynamic Woman of the Year.
Last year’s recipient was Mary Ruth Barnes, of Ada, Oklahoma. Mrs. Barnes is a renowned Chickasaw award-winning artist and published author. Mrs. Barnes is tremendously active in her community and has served on numerous boards. She has helped raise millions of dollars towards cancer research through her role at the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Barnes is dedicated to making a difference in her community by honoring the Chickasaw way of life.
Dynamic Woman of the Year Award
Chickasaw women, ages 35 and older, with proof of Chickasaw Nation Citizenship or Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) are eligible for the 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 at the Chickasaw Arts and Culture Awards ceremony during the week of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival. All Dynamic Woman of the Year Award nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted by August 5. For a nomination form or more information, visit www.chickasaw.net or contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520.