Washington, D.C-AP) -- Two Oklahomans are on the list of
winners of the National Medal of the Arts and the National
Maria Tallchief, a native of Fairfax, Oklahoma, will share the
stage with 18 other honorees of the National Endowments for the
Arts and Humanities for their contributions to the nation's
Tallchief was a long-time prima ballerina for the New York City
An Oklahoman winning a National Humanities Medal is television
anchor and editor Jim Lehrer. Lehrer hosts a weekday public
television news program named for him.
President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will
present the medals at a South Lawn ceremony September 29th.
Other award winners this year include Aretha Franklin, Garrison
Keillor and Steven Spielberg.