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Oklahoma American Indian Artist Wins NRCS 2008 American Indian Heritage Mo

Oklahoma American Indian Artist Wins NRCS 2008 American Indian Heritage Month Poster Contest

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.
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
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 the world.

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 Heritage.”

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 poster.

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.  

Submitted by Carol Crouch, district conservationist, Purcell Field Office
October 2008

Last Modified: 11/04/2008

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