Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Passing of Trustee Julian Fite

We at the Cherokee Heritage Center are celebrating the life of board member Julian K. Fite who died today in Oklahoma City. In addition to being the vice president of our board of trustees, Julian served as a friend, mentor and supporter of the Cherokee Heritage Center and its employees.

“When we lose someone like Julian Fite, we are left with a void and we wonder if it will ever be filled,” said Executive Director Richard A. Fields. “Julian was a strong advocate for Cherokees, not only in the legal system, but in preserving our culture and promoting Cherokee arts. His strong belief was expressed by his years of service on the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. Board of Trustees, and his unwavering support for the Trail of Tears Drama.”

Julian’s life has left an incredible impact on the face of the Cherokee Nation and the United States. At the time of his death he served as General Council for the Cherokee Nation and as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Northeastern State University. He was a member of the Oklahoma and Virginia Bar Associations, the American Bar Association and the Muskogee County Bar Association.

Traces of the greatness of Julian’s life can be seen in the work he accomplished as a member of several organizations. Not only has he been an active member of our board of trustees for the past eight years, but he was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, a member of the the Nature Conservancy, the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys, First Presbyterian Church, the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation, the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Council of Tahlequah and Common Cause – American Civil Liberties Union. He previously served as the Oklahoma State District Attorney and was appointed by the President of the United States as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“As saddened as I am on a personal level, the loss to Cherokees everywhere is profound because of his knowledge, support, and optimism,” said Fields. “The staff of the Cherokee Heritage Center will miss him greatly, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family.”


Blogger missyfite said...

Dear folks,
I cannot tell you how moved I was to run across this article about my dad. Thank you for adding so much enrichment to his life. As you must know, the Heritage Center meant a great deal to him, and gave him a great sense of purpose and an avenue though which he could exercise his life passions.

My saddness is almost unbearable, but I am lifted up by these kind and generous words about a man that was the best father a child, or adult could have. I truly appreciate all you have done for the greatest man in my life. Missy Fite

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to have had Mr. Fite for several classes at NSU. I was saddened with the news of his untimely passing. I thoroughly enjoyed him as a teacher and will remember him throughout my career.

12:20 AM  

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