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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, board member Cherokee Ballard recently received The Journal Record “50 Making a Difference” 2018 Women of the Year honor.

Ballard is one of the first American Indians to be named a television news anchor and a member of the Native American Journalist Society. Her honors include being named the Cherokee Nation Medal of Honor winner in 2002 and as a contemporary Oklahoma Cherokee in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Ballard has achieved numerous awards through her reporting with KFOR, KAUT, and KOCO, including a regional Emmy and her investigation into high-profile child abuse deaths.

“Cherokee Ballard is one of the many reasons that the clinic is viewed nationally as a model for American Indian health care,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, CEO of the OKCIC. “She is forward-thinking and an innovator. We are proud to have her on our board of directors.”

Ballard, a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer survivor, has shown support for OKCIC throughout the years and joined the board of directors in 2012.

Ballard is currently the Communication Manager at ONE Gas/Oklahoma Natural Gas. Prior to this, she served as spokesperson for the Office of the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner and as a television anchor and reporter.