The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice honored Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation during its 2019 Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner on September 10, 2019 at the Oklahoma History Center.
The Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner honors individuals outstanding dedication and community service in our region. Honorees exhibit an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer and professional organizations, and have contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Oklahoma.
Bill Anoatubby has served as the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. Prior to that, he served as the first lieutenant governor from 1979-1987. Anoatubby has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor and controller.
Work experience prior to his involvement with the Chickasaw Nation includes managing office operations of American Plating Company and the chief accountant of Little Giant Corporation. Anoatubby received degrees in accounting and business and has taken many continuing education courses.
Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs more than 14,000 people. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially, tribal assets have grown two-hundredfold. Governor Anoatubby is committed to meeting the needs and desires of Chickasaw people by providing health care services, opportunities for employment and career advancement, heritage preservation, cultural preservation and growth, and the chance for every Chickasaw to obtain a higher education.
Bill and his wife Janice have two sons, Brian and Chris and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney, and Preslea.
The Annual Awards Dinner is the major fundraising event for OCCJ’s programs and initiatives in the area. OCCJ seeks to facilitate understanding and empower individuals to create inclusive communities through dynamic diversity and inclusion programming for all ages. OCCJ is dedicated to achieving respect and understanding for all through education, advocacy and dialogue.
BlueCross and BlueShield of Oklahoma was the Collective Impact Sponsor of the evening, and Community and Justice sponsors were the Chickasaw Nation and Larry and Polly Nichols.