Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher, Jeannie Barbour
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In this episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to Jeannie Barbour. Jeannie is the Content Producer of the recently released film, Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher starring Martin Sensmeier, Tommy Flanagan, Dermot Mulroney, and Grace Montie. The movie brings to life the true rags to riches story of Montford T. Johnson who built a cattle ranching empire on the Western plains of Indian Territory. It “tells of his time among settlers, cowboys, tribes, military, and bandits. Armed with grit and determination, Montford had the courage that was needed to tame what seemed an infinite wilderness, while always maintaining respect for those who lived there.”

Jeannie Barbour received a degree in fine arts from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, she entered the field of advertising and served as an illustrator and writer for various Oklahoma City public relations firms. In 1987, she decided to pursue a career in tribal government by taking a position at the Chickasaw Nation. During that time, she has served on the Oklahoma Film Commission, the National Trail of Tears advisory board and graduated from the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma program. Jeannie is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute and has completed graduate course work in museum studies and Native American history. She has written for a variety of books and periodicals focused on southeastern tribal history and culture. Her award-winning artwork hangs in public spaces and private collections throughout the United States. Jeannie currently serves as the Creative Director for the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Communications.

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