For many years, Chickasaw leaders have greeted people to the “Unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation ... a Nation known for its intrepid warriors and its dynamic women.”
Chickasaw women have historically been an integral part of the Nation’s warrior society, serving as guards and coming to the aid of warriors in battle.
The Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year Award was established in 2006 to honor a Chickasaw woman who has made significant contributions to the Nation, served as a role model to others and exemplified Chickasaw values, culture and traditions.
Being a Chickasaw woman means the individual knows how to handle adversity, difficulties and trials with courage and determination. She is able to pull from within and accomplish things that would seem beyond ordinary capabilities.
Shelby R. Rowe is the Chickasaw Nation’s 2016 Dynamic Woman of the Year. She is the daughter of Penny Quinnelly of Wagoner and Robert Rowe of Bartlesville.
She is the granddaughter of the late Mona Lee Godfrey Rowe and Wayne Rose and a descendant of Elizabeth “Betsy” Love Allen, a dynamic Chickasaw woman and women’s rights movement pioneer.
The Dynamic Woman of the Year Award was presented in October during The Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival. It recognizes Rowe’s contributions to improving and enhancing the lives of others, her professional accomplishments, her work in the community and her dedication to preserving the cultural heritage of the Chickasaw Nation and its people.
Rowe is the manager of education and prevention programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A suicide attempt survivor, she has dedicated herself to fighting the prejudice and discrimination that affects those touched by suicide.
Rose has more than 20 years of experience in public health and has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement since 2007.
She played a key role in the creation of the first Arkansas State plan for Suicide Prevention and served on the board of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors. She also spearheaded the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Initiative.
As executive director of the Arkansas Crisis Center, Rowe expanded the statewide crisis hotline and helped make Arkansas one of the first states to offer online crisis chat services.
She is the former president of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Arkansas Chapter.
Following the tradition of strong Native women, Rose is devoted to her adult sons, Austin Greer, Trevor Greer and Micaiah Kaiser.
In April 2017, Rowe will serve as the keynote speaker at the Dynamic Women’s Conference in Sulphur.