Mr. Kirk Perry has served on the board since April 2001. He is the executive officer for the Chickasaw Nation Historic Preservation Division. His Chickasaw parents are Johnson and Sophia Perry. His education in general business and mathematics at East Central University has helped his professional career.
During the 1970s, while the deputy director of the Chickasaw Housing Authority during its infancy, he helped establish new housing programs, working with many federal agencies and local governments. Although the Chickasaws were a smaller tribe, he helped lead the housing programs to become the second-largest Indian Housing Authority in the United States. The Chickasaw’s successful programs became recognized nationally as best examples of management and development of Indian Housing. He helped establish both the Oklahoma Indian Housing Authority and the National American Indian Housing Council, while serving both organizations as an officer and board member. Knowing the drastic need for Indian housing training on standards and advocacy, he served on national housing coalitions and professional organizations. He helped establish needed nationwide Indian management programs for counseling, a new project-based budgeting study, development practices, housing management training and certification programs and professional certification for Indian housing managers.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Perry has worked in land survey, highway contract administration, architectural planning and consulting. He successfully operated businesses in oil and gas land leasing, commercial and residential building inspection and construction as a general construction contractor before accepting an opportunity to work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1997, where he served to administer several new and growing programs, such as historic preservation and repatriation.
Learning the value of respect for others, seeking education and the warrior spirit given him by growing up as a Chickasaw has made Mr. Perry’s participation especially rewarding when working with Chickasaw people to help others achieve their own life goals.