Paladine Roye

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Paladine H. Roye (Pon-Cee-Cee)
Born (1946-12-08)December 8, 1946
White Eagle, Oklahoma
Died May 25, 2001(2001-05-25) (aged 54)
Enid, Oklahoma
Nationality Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Education self-taught
Known for Painting

Paladine Roye (1946–2001) was an award-winning Native American painter.


Paladine H. Roye was born December 8, 1946 in White Eagle, Oklahoma. He was a full blood, enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.[1] His Ponca name was Pon-Cee-Cee, which means "watch out for this one."[2] He graduated from high school and served in the Vietnam War.


He became a full-time painter in 1979, working in acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and prints.[3] Paladine Roye often collaborated with his brother, Burgess Roye.


In 1982, to celebrate 75 years of Oklahoma statehood, the Garfield County Historical Society and the Museum of the Cherokee Strip held Indian Week. They featured art by Paladine and Burgess Roye, and their mother, Doris Roye.[4] In 1996, the pair painted large murals[5] on the Garfield County, Oklahoma courthouse in order to pay off fines for a DUI.[6]

Roye's work has been featured in the following publications: Medina in 1981, The Indian Trader in September 1982, Southwest Art in July 1989. His work was shown in the 1984 film Native American Images by Carol Patton Cornsilk.

Roye was awarded Best of Show in 1986 and Best Graphic in 1988 by the Colorado Indian Market in Denver, Colorado. The same year Roye also won 1st place at the Red Earth Festival's Indian art competition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[3]

Collections of his work can be viewed at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[3] His work has also been exhibited at the Cherokee National Museum's Trail of Tears art show in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, Arizona; the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonials in Church Rock, New Mexico; the Twin Cities Indian Market and Juried Art Show by Indian Arts of America in Saint Paul, Minnesota; and the American Indian Arts Council's Festival and Market in Dallas, Texas.


Roye died on May 25, 2001.[1]


  1. ^ a b SSDI
  2. ^ Paladine Roye. Favell Museum. (retrieved 15 August 2009)
  3. ^ a b c Lester, p. 477
  4. ^ Rockwell, pgs. 960-961
  5. ^ "Native American artist dies at age 54" Enid News & Eagle, May 27th, 2001 (accessed July 10, 2009)
  6. ^ "OCIS Case Summary for Case No. CM-1996-44 State of Oklahoma vs. Roye Paladine", Oklahoma State Courts Network (accessed July 10, 2009)


  • Lester, Patrick D. The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. Norman and London: The Oklahoma University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8061-9936-9.
  • Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.
  • Stella Campbell Rockwell, ed., "Indian Week - A Diamond Jubilee Celebration", pages 960-961, Garfield County, Oklahoma, 1893–1982, Vol. 2, Garfield County Historical Society, 1982.

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