PHOENIX - Tex (Red Tipped Arrow) Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, has received the Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award, the most prestigious award of the National Indian Gaming Association.
The award was presented to Hall at the association's annual Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Phoenix March 26.
The award is given annually to a tribal citizen who is a community or organizational leader and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to humanitarian causes and a commitment to the advancement of the lives of Indian people, according to association information.
Ernest Stevens Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, said, "This award signifies leadership, humility, strength and honor - Tex Hall exemplifies all of those qualities. He continues to take charge when many do not. He instills courage to others. His record of accomplishments and humanitarian service to Indian people is truly representative of the spirit embodied by Wendell Chino. This award is one of the highest awards in Indian Country and he has certainly earned it."
The award honors Chino, who led the Mescalero Apache Nation during almost the entire second half of the 20th century and set the model for strong leadership that influenced Indian people nationwide.
Hall currently serves as president of the Native American Basketball Invitational Foundation. He is a founding member and spokesperson for the Coalition of Large Tribes representing tribes with large land bases. Hall has served as co-chair of the National Indian Education Task Force and chairman of the Great Plains Region Tribal Chairmen's Association. He was appointed to the first tribal advisory committee ever established in the history of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend and advise the Secretary of HHS. Hall initiated the Keepseagle class action lawsuit that brought a historic settlement of $760 million for Native American farmers and ranchers. Hall also served two terms as president of the National Congress of American Indians.
Mark Fox, National Indian Gaming Association treasurer and Three Affiliated Tribes' NIGA delegate, nominated Hall for the award.
Mark Chino, son of Wendell Chino, presented the award to Hall.