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CASC Welcomes Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis to Campus in Celebration of Native American Heritage Month Featured

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Pictured from left to right: CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner, left, stands with Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Daryl Legg, Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis, and Micky Solomon, CASC NASNTI & Project III Director. Pictured from left to right: CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner, left, stands with Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Daryl Legg, Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis, and Micky Solomon, CASC NASNTI & Project III Director.

 

On Friday, November 1, Carl Albert State College welcomed Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis to its Poteau campus for an inspirational and motivational lecture to area students in the Hamilton Auditorium. Davis addressed the crowd and shared insight on a variety of topics such as: self-empowerment, leadership development, and economic development.

 

While known professionally as ‘Litefoot,’ he is an American business professional, actor, musician, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He is the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), Publisher of Native Business Magazine, CEO of Davis Strategy Group and a member of the Forbes Finance Council.

 

He, and his wife Carmen Davis, own and operate, Native Business, LLC, a multimedia company aimed at promoting and advancing Native American business, entrepreneurship and economic development. He also owns and operates the Davis Strategy Group and has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from energy, acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, health and pharmaceutical initiatives.

 

He is a successful musician and feature film and television actor with eight award winning albums and starring roles in such films as, The Indian in The Cupboard and television programs such as, House of Cards.

 

He is a recipient of the prestigious Sevenstar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, presented to a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration to others. He has received the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency National Director Special Recognition Award was appointed as an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s, Minorities in Energy initiative and was also appointed to the United States Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.

 

Most recently, he was recognized by Scholastic Books as a Native American hero and is featured alongside other fellow Cherokees, Sequoyah, Wilma Mankiller and several other Native Americans in their new book “Native American Heroes”, which will be distributed to elementary schools across the United States in the Fall of 2019.

 

For nearly three decades, Davis has meshed his success as an entrepreneur and public figure, with his passion to better the future of Indian Country and serve as a source of inspiration.

 

“We are honored to welcome such a prolific public figure to our campus,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President. “Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis is a prime example of a public servant. His motivational and inspirational address to our area students was a powerful charge and encouragement to all who attended.”

 

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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