2020 Chickasaw Hall of Fame Postponed

To continue to protect our Chickasaw citizens, families and staff in this time of an unprecedented health crisis, the 2020 Chickasaw Hall of Fame event scheduled for June 11 has been postponed. A ceremony for 2020 inductees will be planned at a later date. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Pauline Carpenter Brown
1931 -

Pauline Carpenter Brown is a fluent speaker of the Chickasaw language and has considerable knowledge of Chickasaw history and culture.

She was born in Filmore, Oklahoma, in 1931 and spent her childhood in the country on her mother’s allotment of land. Eventually, she was sent to Goodland Indian Orphanage for schooling because her mother had died and her father was rarely home.

Time at Goodland proved to be both good and bad for Pauline. Although she had friends there, Brown was not allowed to speak Chickasaw.

This did not deter Pauline from growing up to be a fluent speaker of the Chickasaw language and notable historian of the Chickasaw culture. She serves on the Chickasaw Language Committee, the Chickasaw Nation Historical Society and the tribal election board. One highlight of Pauline’s career was portraying Widow Harjo in the award-winning, feature-length film, “Pearl.”

She also makes use of her knowledge in her work as a consultant to Wickliffe Mounds Archeological Site in Kentucky, the Union County Historical and Genealogical Museum in Mississippi, and The Old Post Office Museum also in Mississippi.

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