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Red Rock, Okla.—When Lorena Kihega DeRoin was born near the Otoe-Missouria Indian Agency in Noble County, Oklahoma in 1915, her parents could never have imagined the changes their tiny daughter would live to see in her lifetime.

On February 9, Lorena celebrates her 100th birthday. As the oldest member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe located in Red Rock, she is loved, respected and cherished by her tribe.

In her long years, Lorena has lived through the historical changes of the 20th century that saw women received the right to vote, Native Americans recognized as American citizens, the country enduring two World Wars and the civil rights turmoil of the 1960’s.

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