Enoch Kelly Haney, Seminole leader, artist and politician, dies aged 81

Enoch Kelly Haney, the former Seminole Nation Chief who served in the state legislature, ran for governor and had his art exhibited around the world, including on top of the Oklahoma State Capitol, died Saturday. He was 81.

Haney, a Seminole County native and most recently a Norman resident, served in both the state house and Senate for 22 years, including chairing the Senate Credit Committee. He was the first full-blooded Native American to serve in the legislature, according to the Seminole Nation, which elected him leader in 2005.

“An inspiration to many, an accomplished (artist), his work with the state and later as Chief highlighted his career. But his greatest achievement is that of the family,” said Brian Palmer, assistant chief of the Seminole Nation, in a statement. statement on Saturday, which confirmed Haney’s death.

In 2002, Haney ran for governor in the Democratic primary, but was defeated by former governor Brad Henry.

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