OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Red Earth, Inc, the non-profit 501 c (3) organization recognized as the region’s premier body for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts, has named the individuals who will lead the organization for FY 2021.
Elected to serve as officers of the Red Earth Board of Directors for FY 2021 are Vickie Norick, Chairman of the Board; Paula Burger Cagigal (Cherokee), President; Shane Lindstrom, President-Elect; Lona Barrick (Chickasaw), Immediate Past President; Jeff Hargrave (Creek/Choctaw), Secretary; and Ryan McCaleb (Chickasaw), Treasurer.
Vickie Norick is re-elected Chairman of the Board. Norick is a civic and community leader who is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City. She served as Executive Director of the James H. & Madalynne Norick Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose was philanthropy, volunteerism and grant making. Norick also serves as Chairman of the James H & Madalynne Norick Red Earth Youth Art Competition. The Red Earth Youth Art Competition has encouraged hundreds of Native students ages 9-18 to pursue the arts by providing an outlet for them to display their work and the opportunity to win prize money in art categories including cultural items, painting/Drawing/Graphics, Photography, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, beadwork and pottery. Other arts organizations that have benefitted from her volunteer support include the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Allied Arts and Arts Place Untitled.
Edmond resident Paula Burger Cagigal (Cherokee) is re-elected President of the Board. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City; Komen Central and Western Oklahoma; and Central Oklahoma Cherokee Alliance. Cagigal is a member of Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic, Early American Glass Club, Pocahontas Club, and L.O.Y.A.L. Class XI. She is also a volunteer for Rotary International Youth Exchange.
Cagigal has created a profession from a passion as a personal property appraiser, specializing in fine art and antiques. She is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and has completed Accredited Member courses in Antiques, Furnishing + Decorative Art, and Fine Art. After graduating Bishop McGuinness, she studied abroad in Brazil with Rotary Youth Exchange. She then attended the University Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City resident Shane Lindstrom is re-elected President-Elect of the Board. Prior to establishing Lindstrom Technology, he was co-owner of I.T. Solutions where he has provided IT service and consultation for nearly 20 years He previously served as an applications developer and project manager for Acker McQueen. While serving as an engineer/scientist for Boeing Aerospace Operations he designed and performed tests on Air Force platforms. Lindstrom is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and currently serves as Advisory Board Chair for the University Of Oklahoma Gallogly College Of Engineering Board Of Visitors.
Ada resident Lona Barrick (Chickasaw) will serve as Immediate Past-President. She is Executive Officer, Cultural Tourism at the Chickasaw Nation where she has worked since 1987. She serves on boards, councils and committees including the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council and CreativeOK World Creative Forum. Barrick has also served as the director for the Office of Public Information and Department of Tourism for the Chickasaw Nation. A graduate of Lindsay High School in Lindsay, OK, she earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University in Ada, OK and completed graduate course work in theatre at the University of Oklahoma.
Edmond resident Jeff Hargrave (Muscogee Creek/Choctaw) will serve as Secretary of the Board. He received his undergraduate degree in History with an emphasis in Native American studies from the University of Oklahoma, and graduated with his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. He is admitted to practice in all Oklahoma state courts, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Court, Chickasaw Nation Tribal Court, US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hargrave serves as Executive Director of Native Explorers and volunteers his time for (F.A.T.E) Fighting Addition Through Education, PROS FOR AFRICA, Pros 4 Vets, Remote Area Medical of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Life of an Athlete (OKLOA), Safe Kids Coalition of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.
Ryan McCaleb (Chickasaw) is elected Treasurer of the Board. He is a lifelong Oklahoman and is a resident of The Village. McCaleb is a graduate of Edmond Memorial High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He operates a real estate team at RE/MAX Preferred in Oklahoma City with his wife, Alex.
McCaleb has served on the Red Earth Board since 2015 where he has been involved in the Red Earth Parade, Social Media Team and the Starry Night fundraising event. He enjoys supporting Oklahoma based arts programs, as well as Native American programs.
Madeline Hancock (Citizen Potawatomi) is newly elected to serve a three-year term on the Red Earth Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Edmond Memorial High School and received a BFA in Graphic Design at Oklahoma State University. She began her career at The Oklahoma Gazette where she was Graphic Designer/Illustrator. Hancock is currently Design Director at Oklahoma City based Funnel Design Group. When not working on design projects she can be found in the kitchen cooking or on the road exploring the great outdoors with her fiancé Sam.
Newly elected members of the Red Earth Advisory Board are Laura Marshall Clark (Muscogee/Creek), Virgil Harry III (Choctaw) and Shane Jett (Cherokee).
Red Earth, Inc. is an Allied Arts member agency and AdventureRoad Travel Partner. It is funded in part by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, James H & Madalynne Norick Foundation and Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Red Earth, Inc. produces the annual Red Earth Festival in addition to classes and events throughout the year. It is recognized as the region’s premier organization for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and arts.
The Red Earth Art Center hosts a diverse and changing schedule of art and historical exhibitions at locations throughout Oklahoma until its new home opens in the BancFirst Tower in fall 2021. The organization is custodian to a permanent collection of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork. Red Earth, Inc. has a mission to promote American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.