OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University presented its 2011 Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award to artist Enoch Kelly Haney, who served as a state senator and chief of the Seminole Nation.
The award recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the community, their local United Methodist church and the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, in addition to being an advocate for the partnership between OCU and the church. The award has been presented annually since 1982.
Haney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Oklahoma City University. Haney began building a portfolio of Native American artwork more than 40 years ago and earned recognition as a Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes.
Haney began his political career as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1980. He served six years in the House and went on to serve 16 years in the Senate where he was the chairman of appropriations from 1995 until 2002. During his time in the legislature, Haney was involved in the legislative leadership for the development of alternative education, the Oklahoma History Center and the Native American Cultural Center. His highest priority as a legislator, and later as chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, has been the promotion and improvement of educational opportunities for Oklahoma students.
Haney’s sculpture, “The Guardian,” was chosen in a blind competition to be placed atop the State Capitol dome. He also was commissioned to create the “Chickasaw Warrior” sculpture at the Chickasaw National Headquarters in Ada and the “Standing His Ground” sculpture in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center foyer at Seminole State College.
Haney resides in Norman and continues to work on commissioned sculptures.