For the first time, AARP Oklahoma has awarded
honors to American Indian Elders. This year, 50
elders were recognized. Below
are the honorees and a brief mention of their
[Editors Note: Don't miss the detailed and impressive
list of each person's accomplishments and awards:
James Anquoe, Kiowa:
preserving tribal music,
working with tribal museums and the Smithsonian NMAI.
Tony Arkeketa, Ponca Tribe: preserving tribal songs,
languages, and traditions, litigator for Ponca
Turner Bear, Jr., Muscogee (Creek)
Gene Bible, Muscogee (Creek)
served in the 45th
Infantry Division and volunteer work in refurbishing
Kennedy Brown, Chickasaw a Chickasaw Nation
leader, health care advocate, and youth mentor.
Dr. Guyneth Bedoka Cardwell, Caddo retired educator
and poet and protecting Caddo oral histories.
Allan Colbert, Muscogee (Creek) minister of the
gospel, educator and coach.
Ethel Cook, Ottawa Ottawa leader dedicated to
the needs of her people, especially the elderly.
Phillip Coon, Muscogee (Creek) a full blood Creek and
WW II veteran.
Gracie Dailey, Seminole: Seminole Nation council member,
civil servant, and educational advocate.
Lorena DeRoin, Otoe-Missouria age 94, works at
Otoe-Missouria Senior Citizens Center. supporter and
Chaplain of American War Mothers.
Eula Doonkeen, Seminole Supports Indian health care and
involved in tribal leadership. She speaks fluent
Seminole and was featured in several films.
Jerry Douglas, Delaware Tribe involved in tribal
leadership, education, economic, and health care.
Tewanna Edwards, Chickasaw Advocate for American
Indian families, Chickasaw Nation Peacemaker, youth
supporter. counselor, teacher, author.
Bull Frog Ellis Edwards, Absentee Shawnee
Fluent speaker of Shawnee, second oldest tribal member,
Mary (Spooner) Ellis, Sac and Fox Nation
Sac and Fox
Veterans Womens Auxiliary, traditional cook, one of the
longest active/serving elders.
Chief Bill Follis, Modoc
tribal leader, Chairman
of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, education an
health supporter, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Chief Lawrence Hart, Cheyenne Arapaho a Peace
and Principal Chief, established and directs the
Cheyenne Cultural Center.
Jacob Fixico, Kialegee Tribal Town
promotes culture, arts and crafts, helping the needy.
Melinda Ann Gibson, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
native speaker, feeding the needy, role-model.
Lupe A. Gooday, Sr., Fort Sill Apache Cultural
advocate, established housing, health advocate.
Barbara Goodin, Comanche
Comanche language educational
materials, preserving tribal history, research.
George Elton Howell, Pawnee health care, tribal
elder advocate, tribal interpreter and resource person,
fluent Kickapoo speaker.
John Ketcher, Cherokee
community volunteer, fluent in
the Cherokee language, college housing director, tribal
leadership, student activities.
Doris Jean Lamar McLemore, Wichita and Affliliated
Tribes the last living fluent speaker of the Wichita
Language, Wichita Language preservation.
Bill Mashunkashey, Osage World War II Army
veteran, Indian Affairs advisor, children's interests,
Nadine Mayfield, Miami
respected elder, tribal
Florence Whitecrow Matthews, Quapaw
cultural efforts, educator.
William Nadeau, Citizen Potawatomi
A World War
II veteran, Potawatomi Elder.
Ted Nesvold, Wyandotte veteran, Wyandotte Nation
service, honor guard, powwow committee.
Levi Orphan, Chickasaw/Choctaw -- veteran, firefighter,
national disaster assistance.
Don Patterson, Tonkawa dancer, singer, businessman,
tribal historian and president, Native American Church.
Norma Price, Choctaw
elder, teacher, coach,
Lucy Belle Schultz, Chickasaw tribal leadership,
community development, government education, volunteer,
serving elders. .
Dr. Lahoma Schultz, Ph.d, Creek and Seminole
humanitarian, author, lecturer and psychologist,
advocate for the disabled.
Mae Sine, Iowa
Ioway traditional, spiritual and
cultural issues, businesswoman, Ioway language.
Leo Smallwood, Choctaw award-winning former teacher,
basketball coach and principal
Wayne Smith, Seneca-Cayuga
tribal elder, full blood Seneca Cayuga,
past Chief and supporter of tribal traditions..
Hickory Starr, Cherokee
lifetime spent working for Indian health care and
Wanda Stone, Kaw
former tribal Chairperson, businesswoman,
Squirrel, Shawnee former tribal chairman,
ceremonial singer, instrumental in the Shawnee's
George Phillip Tiger, Creek
a full blood Creek, tribal and state
tribes council, educational affairs, native public
relations, television executive.
Vernon Tsoodle, Kiowa
-- veteran, BIA employee, national advocate of NA
Barbara Warner, Ponca
Oklahoma Indian Affairs, national leader on NA
Modina Waters (Toppah/Yellowhair), Kiowa
-- tribal leadership, health services, fund
raiser, community service, advocate for veterans and
Chief Glenna Wallace, Eastern Shawnee
tribal chief, businesswoman, educator, civic and community
Chief George Wickliffe, United Keetoowah Band of
Cherokee elder advocate, nutrition, quality of
life supporter. Under the leadership of Chief Wickliffe,
quality of life for older Keetoowah Cherokees has vastly
Evangeline Wilson, Choctaw Code Talkers
Association, educator and guidance counselor, case
Tarpie Yargee, Alabama Quassarte
Tribal Town tribal economic development,
elder advocate former chief.