Eight area community leaders have been elected to the governing body of Red Earth, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. The Red Earth Board of Directors oversees the operations of the Red Earth Museum & Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City, and the additional programs of the organization including the 26th Annual Red Earth Festival scheduled June 8-10, 2012 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center.
Shane Lindstrom, Stacey Reynolds-Peterson and Kimber Shoop have been elected to serve on the Red Earth Board of Directors; and John Hargrave, Chief Kerry Holton, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Chief Gregory Pyle, and Deby Snodgrass were elected to the Red Earth Advisory Board.
Shane Lindstrom of Oklahoma City is owner of Lindstrom Technology, and has been providing IT services and consultation for 16 years. He was previously project manager for Ackerman McQueen and an engineer/scientist for Boeing Aerospace Operations. He has served as chairman of the Red Earth Festival Computer Scoring committee for the past four years.
Stacey Reynolds-Peterson (Muscogee/Creek) was born and raised in Oklahoma City and is the granddaughter of Allie P. Reynolds,. She currently lives in San Francisco where she works in the investment banking arena. She has been co-chairman of the Allie Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Red Earth for the past four years.
Edmond resident Kimber Shoop has served as Senior Counsel for Oklahoma Gas & Electric for the past five years, and was Associate Attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington D.C. for four years prior to returning to Oklahoma in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has worked on various political campaigns.
John Hargrave of Ada, a founder and managing partner of the Edmonds Cole Law Firm in Oklahoma City, was recently named President of East Central University by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma.
Hargrave is a board member and general counsel of the Whitten New Foundation, the Seminole State College Foundation, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Seminole Municipal Hospital Advisory Board and the Wewoka Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Chief Kerry Holton (Delaware Tribe) is President of the Delaware Nation, a tribe of nearly 1,400 people with headquarters in Anadarko, OK. The Delaware Nation, whose aboriginal name is Lenape or Lenni-Lenape, is the oldest known nation in the Northern Hemisphere, originally inhabiting the Eastern Seaboard of North America.
Holton is the great-great grandson of Chief Black Beaver, a famous scout from the Civil War era. His grandfather was a code talker in World War II.
Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was elected to office in 2010. A native of Enid, he played football at Louisiana Tech University before returning to Oklahoma to earn his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
He was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service before his election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2004 where he became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history. He currently serves as Treasurer of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association Executive Committee.
Chief Gregory Pyle (Choctaw), a resident of Durant, became Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1997 after serving more than 13 years as the Assistant Chief of the tribe. He extends his time and tribal services to communities and Choctaws across the United States.
Chief Pyle is the recipient of the 2010 Red Earth Ambassador of the Year award and was selected as a 2007 honoree inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He has been named a Distinguished Alumni and Benefactor for Southeastern Oklahoma State University and an Honorary Member of the Oklahoma State Troopers Association.
Deby Snodgrass, of Oklahoma City, was appointed executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department by Governor Mary Fallin in February of 2011. She was most recently senior director of public affairs for Chesapeake Energy.
She is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Friends of the (Oklahoma Governor’s) Mansion, Inc., and is former co-chair of Opening Night, Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Eve celebration. She currently serves as a board member for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
For more than 30 years, the 501 (c) 3 non-profit Red Earth, Inc has been dedicated to a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, museum and fine art markets. The organization is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.
The Red Earth Museum & Gallery hosts a diverse and changing schedule of art and historical exhibitions. The museum is custodian to a permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork.