Arthur Raymond Halbritter
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Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative of the Oneida Indian Nation Inc. since 1975 and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its enterprises since 1990, has led the Oneida people to an economic and cultural renaissance over the past 30 years. His accomplishments include achieving federal government recognition of the Nation’s traditional form of government, creating numerous health and social programs for Nation Members, constructing new housing, and establishing education and culture programs. Halbritter earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Syracuse University.
Under Halbritter’s leadership, the Oneida Nation endowed a professorship at Harvard Law School for teaching American Indian law, sponsored the “True Spirit of Thanksgiving,” the first-ever American Indian-sponsored float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and earned the 2007 Condé Nast Johansens “Most Excellent Resort” award for all resorts in the U.S. and Canada. As one of the donors to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York had the fourth floor named in its honor. The Oneida Nation also hosts the PGA TOUR Turning Stone Resort Championship, the first regularly scheduled green PGA TOUR event to be held on tribal lands, which was honored for Best Branding and Signage in 2009.
The Oneida Nation’s businesses include Turning Stone Resort Casino, the SavOn chain of convenience stores, and a media operation that encompasses the largest native national weekly newspaper in the U.S. and a media production company. Halbritter is executive producer of a Grammy-nominated record album, Raccoon & Crawfish, a 3-D animated exert short film the animation of which won a Silver Davey Award, given to the best work by small firms worldwide and was screened at Cannes Film Festival as well as winning numerous awards in the U.S. and abroad, including top animation honors at Moondance Film Festival and Big Bear International Film Festival. Halbritter produced the “World of American Indian Dance,” which aired on NBC as well as interactive animated material on Oneida history in use at the Utica Children’s Museum. He also assisted Disney with native music background for the Walt Disney World July 4 Celebration.
Through its enterprises, the Nation has earned national and international recognition and honors, including Four Diamond ratings from AAA for the resort’s luxury hotels and one of its restaurants; being named the Academy of Country Music’s Casino of the Year; and inclusion of all three of Turning Stone’s championship-caliber golf courses in Golfweek magazine’s list of Top 100 courses in the country, among multiple other golf awards. (A full list of golf awards is attached.) The Nation’s Atunyote Golf Course hosts both the Turning Stone Resort Championship and the annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge charity event, which Tiger Woods won in 2009.
Halbritter is chairman of the Turning Stone Resort Championship and the Upstate New York Empowerment Fund, the charitable arm of the tournament, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for dozens of Central New York charities and civic groups. He serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Media Association and the Harvard Native American Law Board. He is a member of the Recording Academy; the National Advisory Council for the American Indian Program at Cornell University; the National Congress of American Indians; and United South and Eastern Tribes.
Halbritter was named one of Temple Adath Yeshurun’s Citizens of the Year in 2008. He also won the “Person of Achievement” Award from The Post-Standard (Syracuse), the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation, an award from the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce for “Outstanding Contribution to the Economic Vitality of the Community,” and the Central New York Sales & Marketing Executives Crystal Ball award, presented for business vision, commitment to improving the lives of his people, and the Nation’s economic contributions to Central New York. Syracuse University gave him its Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, and SU Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim presented Halbritter with the Coaches Vs. Cancer Basketball Award and honored him as Fan of the Year in 2009.
- Official Approved Bio supplied by the Oneida Indian Nation, 2009
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