Harvey Pratt, a noted artist and El Reno native, will be honored Monday with a reception celebrating his accomplishments.
Pratt's design titled “Warriors’ Circle of Honor” was chosen unanimously by a selection committee for the Smithsonian's National Native American Veterans Memorial.
The reception is open to the public and will be Monday, October 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Our Glass, 108 S. Bickford in downtown El Reno.
Jeanne Hobson and El Reno Mayor Matt White coordinated with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes who will co-sponsor the reception with the city of El Reno.
In honor of Pratt and all Native Americans, the El Reno City Council unanimously declared Monday, Oct. 8 Indigenous Peoples Day.
Pratt attended El Reno schools before finishing high school in Anadarko.
He would go on to become one of the most noted forensic artists in the nation during a decades-long career with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Pratt is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He currently lives in Guthrie.
While in El Reno, Pratt is also scheduled to address a local women’s club as well as art students and Native American students from El Reno High School.
The Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open in 2020.