Enoch Kelly Haney
State Legislator, Seminole Chief, and Artist
The only full blood American Indian to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature, Enoch Kelly Haney was elected as a state legislator and a senator. He became the Vice Chair of Appropriations his second term in the House before becoming the Chairman of the Appropriations committee in the Oklahoma State Senate. After over twenty years in the state legislature from 1980 to 2002, Kelly became the Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma in 2005 and served a four-year term.
Kelly Haney is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, England, Austria, and Asia and has received the title of Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes. In addition to decades of success as a painter, Kelly became the creator of the 22-foot bronze sculpture, The Guardian, that was chosen to top the Oklahoma State Capitol Dome. He was also commissioned to create the Chickasaw Warrior at the Chickasaw Nation Headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma. This comes from an artist who was never formally trained in sculpting and started at age six using the red clay from his front yard.
Interview with Enoch Kelly Haney
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: July 20, 2011
Date Published: August 30, 2019
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Seminole Nation, Chief, Texas Rangers, Methodist Church, Bureau of Indian Affairs, George Nigh, Carl Albert, Brad Henry, Alternative education, Frank Keating, Morgan Freeman, Willie Nelson, The Guardian, Oklahoma City University, Master Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Oklahoma State Capital, The Guardian, Chickasaw Warrior