Vol. LIII No. 1
January 2018

U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith seeks applications to produce Lighthorse monument

The U.S. Marshals Museum Board of Directors and the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes invite Native artists to submit a proposal for creation of an outdoor large scale monument/memorial. The monument/memorial will be located on the grounds of the newly constructed U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The purpose of the monument/memorial is to recognize and honor the dedication and sacrifice of Lawmen from the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole Nations, who worked tirelessly to bring peace and order to the area. 

Artists are encouraged to submit two proposals, one must be based on the description below and an additional proposal based on his/her own creative idea for this monument/memorial. Both proposals must include all stages from conception through installation.

Monument description:

  • The base of the statue will be a replica of the badge worn by Lighthorse Officers. Each point of the star will have an exhibit panel dedicated to one tribe. This will allow all Five Tribes to tell their story through a panel that resides atop of a point of a star.
  • In the center of the badge will be a statue portraying a Lighthorse Officer.
  • The statue must portray the figure of a Lighthorse Officer in the line of duty. Proper attire will be part of the details to include: the “uniform” or most commonly worn clothing for the time period, details will include hat, weapon, holster and badge.

The RFP will release on July 1, 2017 and proposals must be returned by 5 pm on December 1, 2017.

For more information regarding the RFP and details related to submitting a response, please contact:
Ms. Catherine Foreman-Gray, History and Preservation Officer
Cherokee Nation
Post Office Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465
(918) 453-5289

The Mission of the U.S. Marshals Museum is to form a national center of heritage and legacy, disseminate knowledge, and inspire appreciation for the accomplishments of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Marshals Museum is located at 14 North 3rd Street, Suite D, Fort Smith, AR 72901. For general information call (479) 709-3766 or email info@usmarshalsmuseum.org or visit http://usmmuseum.org/.

View the Request for Proposal.