Enoch K. Haney '62

April 25, 2011

enochkellyhaney.jpgEnoch Kelly Haney graduated from Bacone College in 1962. He then went on to Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he acquired his Bachelors of Fine Arts. Later he was awarded the Rockefeller Scholarship and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Under the direction of Dr. Dick West he was taught to paint with oil, acrylic, watercolor and draw in pastels. Despite never being formally trained in sculpture Haney is accredited with such works of art as the “Standing His Ground” sculpture at Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma. “The Guardian” sculpture which adorns the Oklahoma State Capital dome and the “Chickasaw Warrior,” which can be found at Chickasaw Nation Headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma.

In conjunction with his affection for art, Haney also had passion for politics. In 2005-2009 he was elected as the Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation. From 1986-2002, Haney served in the Oklahoma Senate as a Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Prior to the Senate he held a position in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Making him the only full-blood American Indian to serve in both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature. Haney also served the Seminole Nation as a tribe councilman, band chief, business consultant and planner.

Kelly Haney donated a 7-foot tall bronze replica of the “Chickasaw Warrior” to his alma mater. The statue now sits on Bacone College campus, west of the Samuel Richard’s Hall and north of Bacone’s Chapel.

The official dedication of the statue is scheduled for May 7, 2011.