This year’s winning artist Kathy Sturch, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and
Arkansas Assistant State Conservationist Anderson Neal, look over the
poster one last time before sending it to production.
2008 American Indian Heritage Month poster
Each year, NRCS celebrates its diversity
through special emphasis months. November is designated as American
Indian Heritage Month. This provides an opportunity to create a greater
awareness of the history of American Indians and their contributions to
For this month, NRCS produces and distributes a poster created from an
American Indian artist. The artist composes a piece inspired by the
month’s theme. The theme this year is “Conservation…Our Passion…Our
The AI/AN South Central region (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and
Texas) was chosen to conduct the contest and produce the winning poster.
Arkansas took the lead in conducting the contest and producing the
The winning artist for 2008 American Indian Heritage month poster was
Kathy Sturch, a member of the Choctaw Nation, Durant, Oklahoma. The
panel of judges consisted of Arkansas NRCS employees and Oklahoma State
Conservationist Ron Hilliard. Sturch titled her painting “Touch of
Earth…Conservation…Our Passion…Our Heritage” and illustrated the
connection between the Choctaw’s kinship with all creatures, earth, sky,
and water. The Indian Paintbrush in the foreground symbolizes American
Indians…natural, sturdy, proud and beautiful.