New Leadership Delivering Results for the Cherokee At-large Community
RAISED MILLIONS $$$ FOR COMMUNITY
Nate Waters Physical Therapy Center
The March of Dimes Gourmet Gala in 2004 and 2005
The Salvation Army Christmas Committee where she was responsible for 16,0000 angels in 2006 and 26,000 angels in 2007, in addition to providing food baskets for more than 500 families both years.
Bacone College 135th Anniversary Gala, 2016
Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision Dinner 2009
A Stately Affair; the inaugural event to raise monies for scholarships for OSU-Tulsa, and OSU College of Health Sciences 2010
Tulsa/Oklahoma Project Woman, to raise money to support uninsured and underserved women with costs of their breast health, including mammograms and surgery, 2011
Titanic-celebrating the 100th anniversary to raise money for the Signature SymphonyHigher Scale educational outreach program in Tulsa Public Schools, affecting 35,000 students in 2012
A direct descendent of the Cherokee Nation’s Beloved Woman Nancy Ward, Mary Baker Shaw is 1/2 Cherokee and comes from a long line of Native American leaders and educators. She has been married to her husband Dr. B. Frank Shaw for 36 years and they reside in Broken Arrow, OK., they have one daughter, Natalie Long and her husband, Dr. Derek Long, two granddaughters, Cay and CC all of Maumelle, Arkansas.
Having served in both the education and health care fields, she learned her passion for helping others as a young child. Her Grandfather, Tommy Thompson (Thomas Fox Thompson), was the Boys Advisor at Sequoyah Indian Training School. Today the Sequoyah High School football field is named after him, the "Tommy Thompson Football Field". This took an act of Congress as Sequoyah was a federal institution. A book ,“Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah, ”details some of her grandfather’s accolades.
Carrying on in the family tradition Mary’s father, Amon A. Baker, graduated from what was known as the Sequoyah Indian Training School. He would return as Plant Manager while he earned his M.Ed at Northeastern. He went on to become Superintendent and later a member of the school board where is presides as President today. He has served on the Sequoyah School Board for over 33 years. Mr. Baker served as a tribal council member under both Ross Swimmer and Wilma Mankiller.
Mary’s mother was Jean T. Baker (deceased). She was a teacher and principal at Owen School for 20 years. The Owen School was a two-room school that has recently been renovated and stands across from the Cherokee Heritage Center. She retired as a Johnson O' Malley Indian Education Coordinator.
Mary, started serving Native American’s at a young age. She graduated Tahlequah High School after only three years and eventually graduated from Bacone College’s prestigious nursing program. She was the runner up for the Miss Cherokee contest and later went on to study at the world renown Mayo Clinic. She returned to Oklahoma and became the Director of Surgery at Doctors Hospital, Tulsa, OK. and eventually married Dr. Frank Shaw.
While born in the Cherokee Nation, Mary has spent most of her adult life living in and among the At-large community. Mary and Frank live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and run a family medical practice in Muskogee, OK. Both Mary and Frank are committed to education, health care and philanthropy.
Mary currently serves on the American Indian Resource Committee for Tulsa city/county Libraries, Tulsa Community College Foundation, Bacone College Board of Trustees, Signature Symphony Advisory Board, and is an emeritus board member of Tulsa Opera.