TVLSE, Oklahoma – Principal Chief David Hill was named Tulsan of the Year by the Tulsa World Magazine.
The title was bestowed to Chief Hill along with Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear for their collaborative efforts in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Tulsa World, the three tribes played major roles in offering testing sites and vaccines distributions to communities not limited to tribal members.
“Tribes become indispensable partners with the state and county governments to distribute the shots,” Tulsa World wrote of the efforts.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation purchased the former American Center Treatment Center of Tulsa establishing healthcare in the Tulsa area.
The facility immediately opened a monoclonal infusion treatment clinic open for all, not just tribal citizens.
Chief Hill told Tulsa World, “We take a lot of pride in being good neighbors.”
Two other Muscogee citizens were named Tulsan of the Year for different reasons.
Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of “Reservation Dogs” made the list for the positive impact the show has made on Oklahoma. Harjo resides in Tulsa and is currently working on the second season of the show.
All-star Bixby High School athlete Braylin Presley was named Tulsan of the Year for his well-known hard work ethic on and off the field. Presley has an impressive sports resume already, and has recently signed with the OSU Cowboys for the fall football season.
Tulsan of the Year is featured in Tulsa World Magazine that is printed six times annually.
This was not Chief Hill’s first time to make a big list. Chief Hill was also named Time’s 100 Influential People of 2020 last year for leading the MCN as the McGirt Decision was made in the summer of 2020.