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Nix is the 50th Chief; Little Miss, Jr. Miss named

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018

The 50th Annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast was held Thursday morning, June 21 at the Historic Forks of the Wabash with 127 people in attendance. Jeremy Nix was named the 2018 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe in recognition of his contributions to Huntington County.

Mike Perkins, 2016 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, on behalf of Homer Hiner, 2017 Chief, introduced Nix and presented him with the traditional Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe plaque holding the traditional chief design.

Perkins recognized Nix, a local attorney, for his many contributions to the community, and the many different boards he has chaired. Nix was already on the program for the breakfast held at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, serving as the event’s master of ceremonies. Nix is also a past chair of the Chamber of Commerce board.

“You are someone for which the terms, ‘community involvement’ and ‘community accomplishment’ are interchangeable. You are both an enthusiastic volunteer and energetic leader,” Perkins read. “Your professional career has been marked by notable honors and no small measure of recognition. But most of us know you from a direction you have provided while filling important civic, leadership roles.”

Nix’s community involvement covers a long list, having served with many charitable and social service organizations. Among them are Parkview Huntington YMCA, Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Huntington County, Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Optimist Club, The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana and SS. Peter and Paul Parish.

In addition, Nix has been selected as a Rising Star by the rating service Super Lawyers for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Nix’s wife, Mindy, his parents and members of the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office, where he works part-time, were in attendance for the presentation of the award. He is the father of four children. Nix returned to Huntington in 2003.

“It really has been a blessing for me and for our family to come back to Huntington. The reception we’ve received has just been unbelievable,” Nix said. “Thank you all. I appreciate all the generosity you’ve shown toward me.”

In attendance were the new Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days selected in the Wednesday evening pageant. Gabby Betterly has been named the 2018 Junior Miss Heritage Days while Little Miss Heritage Days is Lienna Pearson. Betterly is the daughter of Ken and Ann Betterly and granddaughter of Chief David Brewer, 1982, and Pearson is the daughter of Dave and Dawne Pearson and granddaughter of Chief John Easterday, 2010.

In observance of the 50th year of the Chiefs of the Flint Springs Tribe, 1982 Chief David Brewer, the most senior chief in attendance at the breakfast, announced a new endowment called the Chiefs Legacy Fund. The fund, which will mainly come from the fellow chiefs to be administered through the Huntington County Community Foundation, will provide a gift each year for a charitable purpose, Brewer said. The first year’s recipient will be announced at the 2019 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast.

Nix’s first official act as a newly-installed chief was to formally open the 2018 Heritage Days festivities, dedicating the rest of the week through Sunday, June 24, to the multitude of events scheduled with the theme of “The ’50s: Community Strong.”

Shown in the photo is Little Miss Heritage Days 2018 Lienna Pearson, left, and 2018 Junior Miss Heritage Days Gabby Betterly, right, with Jeremy Nix, 2018 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe. The Chamber sends our congratulations to the new Chief Jeremy Nix, a well-deserved honor in recognition of all of his contributions to the community, and to Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days.