OKLAHOMA CITY – One by one, as their names were called and a short summary of their life read, they stood to the applause of the assembled audience as a medallion was hung around their neck. Artists and educators, ministers and veterans, language preservationists and tribal leaders. Some were well-known, others have lived quiet lives of dignity. All were celebrated at the 7th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors held Oct. 6 in Oklahoma City.
“The common thread among these honorees is the wisdom and impact they have had on their tribes, family and community,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Joe Ann Vermillion. “Tonight, in this place, as Oklahoma tribes and nations join together in a spirit of harmony and peace, we reflect and give thanks for the lives they have lived and the innumerable ways they have passed on their legacies to future generations.”
TAHLEQUAH - Nominations are being taken for the Keetoowah Cherokee Tradition Keepers award, which will be presented at the 65th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, on Saturday, September 19, 2015, after the Chief’s State of the Nation Address.
The deadline for nomination is September 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The Keetoowah Cherokee Tradition Keepers award is designed to honor Keetoowah Cherokee craftspeople, artisans, and elders who are committed to education and cultural preservation. Primary emphasis is given to those crafts or arts produced in the traditional manner using native materials.
Thought to be Oklahoma’s longest running Indian athletic event, the program is a non-profit venture that relies heavily on gate admissions, program ad sales, concession sales, t-shirt sales and the occasional donation from tribes or businesses in order to cover the roughly $25,000 accrued annually in associated costs.
FAIRFAX — For Joe and Carol Conner, each spring and early summer become all basketball, all the time.
For the last 20 years, the Conners have organized and run the Indian All-State basketball games as a way to encourage Native high school student-athletes to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.
“Not only do we get to have a good basketball game, but we take a day and a half to encourage these kids and motivate them to continue their educational career as well,” Joe Conner said. “A big part of the Indian All-State weekend is a ‘life after high school’ session where we bring in people to talk to the kids about the transition from high school to college or a career.”
CLAREMORE – The Will Rogers Memorial Museums has launched its new Membership Program for families, individuals and businesses and added an exciting new partnership with the North American Reciprocal Museum Association.
“We are thrilled to announce our new Membership Program and this is a great way to support and enjoy the museum and our member benefits are better than ever,” said Tad Jones, Will Rogers Memorial Museums executive director.
The new partnership with the NARM will allow members free access to more than 700 museums around the country.