AALA Member in the News: Janie Simms Hipp
In November 2016, Hipp was honored with the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award, awarded by the Oklahoma City University School of Law to outstanding alumni of the law school. Hipp earned a J.D. from the school in 1984. The video introduction of Hipp, presented at the luncheon, features comments by AALA member and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture General Counsel Teena Gunter as well as OCU President Robert H. Henry, who was the former Attorney General of Oklahoma and later served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Also in the fall of 2016, Hipp received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award, from the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognized her lifelong dedication to serving the Chickasaw Nation and advancing the nutritional and educational needs of indigenous people across the continent. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor conferred by the corporation and is reserved for individuals who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. The prize is awarded and signed by President Barack Obama.
In March 2017, Hipp received the Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award, awarded by the National Center for American Indian Economic Development. The National Center recognized several Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country during this year’s National RES. National RES is the largest economic development gathering in Indian Country, bringing together over 4,000 Native American leaders, businesses and business owners, subject-matter experts, government officials, and others.
AALA recognized Hipp in 2014 with the AALA Excellence in Agricultural Law Award for Government Service.