Byline: Morgan Taylor/Multimedia Producer
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – College of Muscogee Nation Regents Director of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. James King received the Rennard Strickland Educational Leadership Award with honors from the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission at the Tulsa City Hall on Nov. 15, 2022.
Each November, the ceremony is held in conjunction with Native American Heritage month. The award was presented to King as part of the 25th Annual Dream Keepers Award Ceremony, which awards nominees and chosen leaders in the Native American Communities who exemplify strong character and have made a difference through solid dedication to public service.
Rennard Strickland was an Osage/Cherokee lawyer known for his leadership in Native American Law. Winning many awards for his service, he is now honored through this award given to a nominee for their service to public education.
“I feel very humble to know that my name with included with others that have been selected,” King said.
King worked with former and late CMN President Robert Bible to get initial accreditation to the college before stepping into his position.
“Muscogee Creek Nation is unlike any place in the world. It is home,” King said.
For King, his most rewarding times have been serving native people.