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AARP Seeks Nominations for 2012 Indian Elder Honors

AARP Oklahoma today announced it is accepting nominations for the 2012 AARP Indian Elder Honors.

The 4th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors will recognize 50 outstanding tribal elders who have made a positive impact in their tribe, community, state or country. Nominations can be submitted by tribal governments or by individuals now through May 31st, said AARP State President Marjorie Lyons.

“The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors has become one of the highlights of the year for us,” Lyons said. “It is a celebration of Indian culture and people – many of whom have never been recognized before – and a way to recognize the significant contributions of older Indians in Oklahoma.”

The goal is to have at least one honoree from each of Oklahoma’s 38-federally recognized Indian tribes, she said.

Nominations are being accepted at ok@aarp.org, or a simple letter of nomination explaining the contribution of the nominee can be mailed directly to AARP Oklahoma at 126 N. Bryant, Edmond, OK 73034.

Nominees must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Oklahoma Indian Tribe and must be living. Past honorees have included linguists, artists, ministers, educators, veterans, tribal and community leaders, matriarchs and patriarchs.

Honorees will be recognized at a program scheduled for October. Approximately 500 people from across the state, including many tribal leaders, attended the program last year that featured a key note address from AARP National Board Member Jack Penn.

For more information on the 2012 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors or to make a nomination, visit AARP Oklahoma online.

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