Dean McManus Spirit of NFWL Award

This Award embodies Dean McManus and her dedication to NFWL.  Her gentleness, innate goodness and pure heart infused everything she did, whether during a meeting, a presentation or a casual conversation.

Dean McManus devoted over 40 years of her life to serving her tribe and improving the lives of Chickasaws. She was an extraordinary woman who taught us to never give up, to always give back, to inspire others and to be inclusive.  This awardee is a woman who has triumphed over adversity, who gives back to her community and inspires others to do the same.

She is someone who has given so much of herself for the betterment of her community and NFWL.

This award is voted on by the NFWL Board of Directors and made possible by the Chickasaw Nation.

Award Winners

2017 – NJ Senator Diane Allen







2018 – SC Senator Joyce Dickerson







2019 – FL Senator Gayle Harrell