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The Power of Hope

by Enoch Kelly Haney

Bronze
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Commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.
Dedicated on March 12, 2001
Fourth Floor

The Will to Live by Enoch Kelly Haney

The Artwork

Enoch Kelly Haney was commissioned to create two sets of bronze roundels to be placed high above the entrances to both the House and Senate chambers. Sponsored by the Tulsa Tribune Foundation, the sets represents the Eastern and Western Tribes of Oklahoma.

The Eastern Tribes of Oklahoma are represented in the two roundels on each side of the entrance to the Senate Chambers. The Power of Hope depicts a mother and child; the mother is strong in the face of adversity. She will always protect her child and meet whatever lies ahead with dignity and determination. Opposite it is With the Vision of an Eagle.

The Artist

Enoch Kelly Haney
Enoch Kelly Haney
Truly a modern-day renaissance man, Enoch Kelly Haney's talents span two separate spheres - namely politics and art. Born on November 12, 1940 to William Woodrow and Hattie Louise Haney, Enoch grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. The son of a full blood Seminole and Creek Indian, Haney's own grandfather was chief of the Seminole Tribe in the 1940s.

Haney's interest in Indian people is evident in his art, as he puts a great amount of energy into the research and documentation of Native American culture and traditions. His work is exacting in its detail and representation of native peoples. Haney received his Associate of Arts degree from Bacone College, and his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University.

In 1962 he was honored with the Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship at the University of Arizona. Haney was designated as the Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes in 1975; he also was awarded a Governor's Art Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Indian Heritage Award. Along with his work as an artist, Haney has served terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, as well as the Senate.