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"The Guardian": A Work of Art by Kelly Haney

 

"The Guardian," a 22 foot tall sculpture that sits atop the Oklahoma State Capitol dome, is the work of Enoch "Kelly" Haney. Chief Haney is an internationally recognized artist and a former member of the Oklahoma State Legislature. He was the first full-blood Indian elected to the Oklahoma State Legislature. As a painter and sculptor, Chief Haney has an impressive art career, and he has received the title of Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes. In 2005 Chief Haney was named Principle Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. 

Chief Haney's piece, "The Guardian," is the inspiration behind the logo for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS), and he has graciously allowed his work to represent the agency. "The Guardian" sculpture recognizes the role Native People have played in the history of Oklahoma, and it also represents ideas found in all cultures. 

"The standing one's ground. I feel it embodies values shared by all Oklahomans. It represents the deep love of family and home and the desire to protect them," Chief Haney said. 

It is this ideology that makes "The Guardian" so appropriate to represent the work done by OKOHS. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security exists to ensure the safety and peace of mind of our citizens. OKOHS would like to thank Chief Haney for allowing his piece to represent the work done to secure our state.