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Lived/Active: Oklahoma      Known for: painting, sculpture, design, forensic drawing

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Harvey Pratt

A Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member, Pratt is recognized as a master Native American Indian artist.  He has won numerous awards and was named the Red Earth 2005 Honored One.  He is a self taught, multi-talented artist involved in many media; oil, acrylic, watercolor, metal, clay and wood. Painting, sculpting, wood carving, mural painting, bronze work, architectural design and graphic design.

He has been recognized by the Cheyenne People as an Outstanding Southern Cheyenne.  His family is an artistic and traditional Native American family.  Harvey received one of the highest honors by being inducted in the Southern Cheyenne Chief's Lodge as one of their traditional Peace Chiefs.
 
Also a forensic artist in the United States, Harvey has spent over 42 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness description drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions.  His work has assisted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of identification of unidentified human remains throughout America.  Employed as the police forensic artist by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Harvey is the only full-time police forensic artist in Oklahoma.

His art is a blend of his forensic art and law enforcement experience with the traditional Native American environment.  His main themes are tradition, death, the Cheyenne People, faith, warriors and both sides of the law.

Education:
Saint Patrick's Indian Mission, Anadarko, Oklahoma
Graduate - High School
Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Associates Degree - Police Science

Military Experience:
United States Marine Corps 1962 – 1965
Served in Vietnam, Air Rescue and Da Nang Air Base Security

Experience:
Midwest City Police Department 1965 - 1972
Patrol Division, Investigative Division
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation 1972 - Present
Agent I to Assistant Director: Narcotics; Criminal Investigations; Administration; and Criminal Records and Information Divisions

Special Training:
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy – 1981
Southwestern School of Polygraph, Houston, Texas
U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection
Kobetz’s Dignitary Protection
U.S. Secret Service Questioned Document School
Federal Task Force
Advanced Law Enforcement Certification

Boards, Associations and Memberships - Past and Present:
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Judicial Commission
Red Earth Festival’s “2005 Honored One”
Oklahoma Creativity Project – Board Member
Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) – Chairman
Oklahoma Arts Council – Board Member
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College Board of Education – Board of Regents
Oklahoma Native American Law Enforcement Association – President
District Attorney’s Council
OSBI Retired Agents Association - Secretary/Treasurer
Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officer's Association
Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association
Oklahoma Indian Commission – Coordinator
Oklahoma Historical Society – Native American Advisory Board
Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU)
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy
Cheyenne Cultural Center - Cheyenne Justice Committee
Seminole Junior College - Law Enforcement Advisory Board
Oklahoma Women In Law Enforcement – Honorary Lifetime Member
Native American Cultural & Education Authority – Advisory Committee

Book References:
Wilkerson, Michael & Wilkerson Dick. Someone Cry for the Children: The unsolved Girl Scout murders of Oklahoma and the case of Gene Leroy Hart. New York/Dial, 1981. Intimate account of the criminal investigation and prosecution of Gene Leroy Hart.

Taylor, Karen T. Forensic Art and Illustration. Boca Raton/CRC Press, 2000. A comprehensive guide in the realm of police art and an expansive and practical guide to the various aspects of the field.

Smith, Carlton & Guillen Thomas. The Search for the Green River Killer. New York/Penguin, 1991. Seattle, Washington, serial murder case involving the deaths of 49 women.

Mitchell, Kirk. Dance of the Thunder Dogs. New York/Berkley Hardcover, 2004. Mitchell’s fifth mystery featuring Comanche federal investigator Emmett Quanah Parker. The badly injured Parker has returned home to Oklahoma and becomes involved in the murder mystery of an old friend.

Mayer, Robert. The Dreams of Ada: A true story of murder, obsession, and a small town. New York/Viking, 1991. The disappearance and murder of a young woman in Ada, Oklahoma. Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot were convicted and sentenced to death.

Lester, Patrick. The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. Tulsa/SIR, 1995. Reference book listing those Native American artists who use, or have used paint as their medium. Lists artists from 1800 to the present.

Fanning, Diane. Through the Window. St. Martin's Press, 2003. Account of an investigation into the crime spree of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells.

English, Billie & Calhoun, Sharon. Oklahoma Heritage. Oklahoma City/Holt, Calhoun, Clark & Quaid, 1989. Oklahoma history textbook with overview of Oklahoma from earliest times to present day.

Calhoun, Sharon & English, Billie. Oklahoma Adventure. Oklahoma City/ACP, 2001. Oklahoma history textbook with overview from the earliest Oklahomans to the end of the millennium.

Burke, Bob. Courage Counts: The life of Larry Derryberry. Oklahoma City/Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2003. Life story of Oklahoma State Representative and Oklahoma Attorney General, Larry Derryberry.

Special Projects:
Oklahoma Centennial Blanket; Bigfoot Sculpture, "My Dark Passenger" The Hoopa Project; The Hoopa Project Book

Information provided by Gina Pratt


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