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Posted on: April 25, 2018

Chairman Berrey Named Tribal Leader of the Year for NAFOA

NAFOA hosted its 11th Annual Leadership Awards Luncheon during their 36th Annual Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans. In front of a record-breaking audience, NAFOA honored the accomplishments of a tribal leader, tribal executive, financial deal advancing tribal economies and an education program positively impacting Native Americans.

Tribal Leader of the Year

NAFOA honored John L. Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, with its prestigious 2018 Tribal Leader of the Year Award. Barry Switzer, former head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys, provided introductory remarks. Switzer expressed that his friend Chairman Berrey has a “great mind, business acumen, and a big heart.”

During Chairman Berrey’s tenure on the Quapaw business committee and as tribal chairman, the Quapaw Tribe experienced exponential growth in its enterprises and services. Most recently Chairman Berrey has become nationally recognized for his leadership and vision in tribal agricultural production that promotes food sovereignty and environmental stewardship. In addition to the successful Downstream Casino, the Quapaw Tribe also operates the Quapaw Cattle Company, Quapaw Processing Plant, Quapaw Honey, O-Gah-Pah Coffee, and O-Gah-Pah Bison. The Quapaw’s agricultural businesses and programs represent innovation and creativity that enables farm to table supply services for their casino, provides quality local jobs, and offers more nutritional food options to their local community.

Chairman Berrey is a member of both the Quapaw Tribe and Osage Nation and was born in Denver, Colorado. He credits his grandmother for ensuring he had a strong foundation rooted in his Native culture and religion. Chairman Berrey graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1991. He is a fourth-generation rancher and father of two children.

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