Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate David Hill and 12 other winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award. The program will begin at 10am in the House Chamber of the Oklahoma Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. You’re welcome to join us!
David Hill was born in Sasakwa, Oklahoma, in 1941. He has been an advocate against alcohol and drug use, and has never been a user of either. David worked as a union electrician; Director / Coordinator of Indian Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; Youth Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Oklahoma City Indian Center and in Rapid City, South Dakota.
He has been an activist his whole life and with the American Indian Movement since 1972. He has served with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as Director three times and National Advisor to the present time. He has organized national horse rides and demonstrations to bring awareness to the issue of unjust incarceration through violations of the U.S. Constitution against native people.
David Hill has had speaking engagements all over the United States, France, Canada, with colleges and civic organizations. Simon Schuster Books has retained him as a consultant and speaker on Native American life. He has organized and served as a talk show host for two different radio stations in Salt Lak City and in Seminole, Oklahoma.
In 2015, Hill was one of several Native American actors who walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie, The Ridiculous 6, because the producers were being disrespectful to Native Americans.
“I hope they will listen to us,” Hill told Indian Country Today. “We understand this is a comedy, we understand this is humor, but we won’t tolerate disrespect.”
David Hill continues to support events and demonstrations for indigenous rights, treaty rights, and human rights. He spoke at the Oklahoma Human Rights Day ceremonies in 2015 and 2016 concerning police killings of American Indians and African Americans.
“Let me tell you, our dignity is not for sale…. If someone doesn’t speak up, no one will.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.