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June 19, 2016

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Announces Living Legends Honorees
News Release

OKMULGEE – The last 4 years the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has held a Hall of Fame Gala, “Hall of Fame Inductees” were acknowledged for their accomplishments that brought recognition to the tribe. This year the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is proud to announce the returning of the “Living Legends” Ceremony, which was created by Principal Chief A.D. Ellis during the 2005 Festival. The Living Legends Ceremony honors Muscogee (Creek) citizens who have made significant contributions to the tribe.

This year the “Living Legends” committee has selected Perry Anderson, Lillian Thomas, Wotko Long, and Josephine Wildcat Bigler. The qualifications to be selected as a “Living Legend” are:

• Must be an enrolled Muscogee (Creek) Citizen
• Must be over 55 years of age, and
• Must have brought recognition to and/or made outstanding contributions to the quality of life and development of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on a local, national, or international level. All industries considered including, but not limited to: ceremonial/religious leaders, arts, public affairs, business/professional, education, voluntary service.

The four honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on Thursday, June 23, at 5:00PM in the Mvskoke Dome located on the campus of the Claude Cox Omniplex. Dinner will be served immediately following the ceremony.

2005 – Hepsey (Randall) Gilroy, Rev. Harry Long, R. Perry Beaver, Amos McNac
2006 – Bob Arrington, Helen Coon, Phillip Coon, Edwin Moore
2007 – Lizzie Bruner, Jimmy Anderson
2008 – Wilbur Gouge, Johnnie Brasuell
2009 – Dr. James King, Michael Berryhill
2010 – Patrick Moore, Dr. Pete Cosar
2011- Jimmy Alexander, Monte Deer

2012 Joy Harjo, Simon Harry, Elsie Mae Martin, Allie P. Reynolds
2013 Dr. Phyllis Fife, Jack Jacobs, George Thompson
2014 Peggy Berryhill, Eli Grayson, William Sampson
2015 Chebon Dacon, Sarah Deer, Jerome Tiger

Living Legends Awards to take place June 23 @ 5:00 pm at the Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee, OK.