2019 Native HOF Induction Ceremony

Sat, Nov 2nd 2019 at 6:00 PM CDT · By National Native American Hall of Fame
Date & Time
Sat, Nov 2nd 2019 at 6:00 PM CDT
Sat, Nov 2nd 2019 at 9:00 PM CDT
Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Tulsa
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa OK, 74015
Event Details

Photo by: Jolon Indian Media 

The National Native American Hall of Fame was formed in 2016 to "recognize and honor the inspirational achievements of contemporary Native Americans." Since our beginning in 2016, we have been working to highlight those great Native Americans and what they accomplished. Last year (2018) was our inaugural induction ceremony where 12 individuals were honored and enshrined into the Native HOF. Those 12 individuals were:

  • Jim Thorpe - Sac and Fox 
  • Billy Mills - Oglala Lakota (Sioux) 
  • Dr. John Herrington - Chickasaw
  • Wilma Mankiller - Cherokee 
  • Elouise Cobell - Blackfeet 
  • Maria Tallchief - Osage
  • Vine Deloria Jr. - Standing Rock Sioux
  • Allan Houser - Chiricahua Apache
  • Lionel Bordeaux - Sicangu Lakota
  • N. Scott Momaday - Kiowa 
  • Lori Piestewa - Hopi
  • LaDonna Harris - Comanche

After our Inaugural Induction Ceremony, the Native HOF worked hard to narrow down the list of potential members in 2019 to the top 30. This proved to be difficult, but not as difficult as making the decision on the twelve (12) that would be enshrined. After much debate, the Native HOF Board of Directors with the assistance of the public survey results selected the twelve (12) Native Americans that would be enshrined. The 2019 Native HOF Inductees are:

  • Lucy Covington (d. 1982) - Colville
  • Ada Deer - Menominee
  • Louise Erdrich - Turtle Mountain Chippewa
  • Billy Frank Jr. (d. 2014) - Nisqually
  • Forrest Gerard (d. 2013) - Blackfeet
  • Hattie Kaufmann - Nez Perce
  • Oren Lyons - Onondaga
  • Richard Oakes (d. 1973) - Mohawk
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich (D. 1958) - Tlingit
  • Pascal Poolaw (D. 1967) - Kiowa
  • Mary Golda Ross (d. 2008) - Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Wes Studi - Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

Each year, the Native HOF receives a tremendous amount of names that are well deserving of being in the Native HOF in time. While you can make the case for many of these individuals that they are more deserving today, those individuals will eventually make it in. With only two Inductee classes under our belt, the Native HOF has plenty of time to add those deserving to the list in the end. 

To continue to have these and other great Native Americans enshrined on a yearly basis, we need your support. We also want to make this a true honor for each of the inductees and we work diligently everyday to make this a special honor for them. We cannot do that without you. Even if you are unable to attend, sign up for our newsletter, donate, and continue to spread the word about the National Native American Hall of Fame and what we are doing. The more people we can get to understand what we are trying to accomplish, the more people will hear about these great Native Americans and their inspirational achievements. 

We hope to see you on November 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but if not reach out to us or swing by our office. We would be happy to talk about the great Native Americans and what we are doing to tell their stories. 

To book hotel rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Tulsa), please use this link:

Direct Link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=79282&Chain=13924&group=NATIVEHOF19

We have a room block at $139/night. 
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