AARP Oklahoma opens nominations for 2019 Indian Elder Honors

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/23/2019 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for the 11th annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors to celebrate 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation.

Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 500 elders from all 39 tribal nation in Oklahoma.

“The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom are the unsung heroes of their communities,” Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma volunteer state president, said.

The 2018 Indian Elder Honorees from 28 Oklahoma tribal nations included teachers, veterans, artists, tribal leaders and culture preservationists.

“This event celebrates a lifetime of service from these distinguished elders who have positively impacted their community, family, and tribal nation,” AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said. “Whether they are well known or exhibit quiet devotion to family and community, this year’s AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder honorees represent what is best about Native American people- love of family, dedication to culture and respect for all people.”

The Indian Elder Honors will be held Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City. Nomination applications are online at https://aarp.cvent.com/2019IndianElders. Nominations may be submitted electronically or mailed to AARP Oklahoma, 126 N. Bryant, Edmond, OK 73034. Nominees must be enrolled citizens of a federally-recognized Oklahoma tribal nation, at least 50 years old and living. Nominees do not have to be AARP members. For more information, call Mashell Sourjohn at 405-715-4474 or email msourjohn@aarp.org. The nominations deadline is April 30.

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