Ollie Starr inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee Nation citizen Ollie Star was recently inducted into the 2019 Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame at the Oklahoma Judicial Center.
The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to honor deserving Oklahoma women. The induction ceremony is held every two years to honor the chosen women.
Starr, of Claremore, was inducted for her lifelong dedication to helping people and improving her community.
“I felt so humbled to receive this award and so humbled that so many family and friends were there to support me,” Starr said. “That was the most gratifying thing of all. That so many people came there to be with me, when I received this award. It was not about me. This award is about what we can do to help others.”
As a longtime chairwoman for the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, she has raised money for scholarships for young Cherokee students and preserved Cherokee culture and heritage in Rogers County and other Oklahoma communities.
“Ollie Starr is one of the most inspirational women of this nation, and many of us would not be who we are today without her influence and service to her community,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “I can think of no one who deserves this honor more than her.”
In 2014, Starr received the Cherokee National Community Leadership Award, and in 2017 she received the CN Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Watching my mother serve others is how I learned to serve,” Tribal Councilor Keith Austin said. “She has been in my sister and brothers Hall of Fame a long time. We are glad others have finally caught up.”
Most recently, Starr had been coordinating alongside the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club for the annual tribute to Will Rogers on Nov. 2.