Youth and Education news
October 2010 Volume 2

Native American alumnus receives award
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Oklahoma: A 1952 graduate of Oklahoma State University has been recognized by OSU's American Indian Alumni Association.

Edwin Stanton Moore, 92, was awarded the 2010 American Indian Distinguished Alumni Award.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Moore said. “I didn’t expect it but if I qualify for it, I accept it.”

Moore who graduated with an education degree, played basketball and football for OSU and served on ROTC.  After college, Moore returned to teach social studies and coach football at his old high school, Chilocco Indian Agricultural School. Later, he coached basketball in South Dakota and Tahlequah.

“I always wanted to teach Indian students and help them have a better way of life,” he said.  “I got my wish fulfilled.”

“He walks the walk and is a man of honor,” said Lillian Williams, AIAA President.  “If he went to work, you knew he was going to do a great job..  If he did something, he did it with 110 percent.”

Moore is the fourth person to win the AIAA's Distinguished Alumni Award. Winners are chosen for volunteer service, professional career history and as individuals within their families and their tribes.

Distinguished alumni have worked in different fields which helps break Native stereotypes.

“Having Native American alumni recognized encourages students to reach and achieve and set high goals,” Williams said.

Thousands of OSU's Native American alumni are a network for the nearly 300 Native students who graduate from OSU each year.

“We have so many alumni who have opened up the door for Native American students,” Williams said. “We want to encourage our students and be able to hold them up once they graduate.”

other Distinguished american indian Alumni Award Honorees:
1990 Dave Tippeconnic
2002 Benjamin Harjo, Jr.
2005 Neal A McCaleb

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