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AARP Honors Indian Elders at 4th Annual Event

Thirty five Oklahoma Native American Tribes and Nations joined with AARP to celebrate the lives of honored elders at the 4th Annual AARP Indian Elder Honors held recently in Oklahoma City.

See also: Video Feautre: AARP Oklahoma 2012 Indian Elder Honors

Tribal officials, friends and family members converged on the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum along with AARP state, regional and national officials to recognize language preservationists, artists, dancers, ministers, authors, patriarchs and matriarchs that have impacted their tribes, communities and state.

AARP also announced the formation of an Inter-Tribal Community Group that will meet on community issues and is open to all 50+ Native Americans in Oklahoma. To find more information or join this group, email or call 1-866-295-7277.

Among honorees recognized at the 2012 event was one of the few remaining Oklahoma Indians who speaks only her native language, a world-champion fancy dancer and a noted artist who is 100 years old.

AARP National Board Member Joan Ruff, who delivered the keynote address, said, “We hope the partnerships we’ve established here will be the foundation to create partnerships between AARP and other Native American nations in other states.

But tonight our focus isn’t on AARP. It’s on you, the elders, and the contributions you’ve made to improve the lives of people around you – in your own tribes, the greater tribal community, in the state of Oklahoma, our nation, and even around the world.

Your lives are rich, living stories being passed on to the next generations.”

Ruff, along with AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons, Regional Vice President Nancy Stockbridge and Associate State Director Mashell Sourjohn presented each honoree with a medallion.

“Once again, we have come together in the spirit of goodwill and harmony to celebrate the remarkable lives of Native American elders from across the state,” Lyons said. “Though they come from different backgrounds and cultures, we see in tonight’s honorees, the common bond they share – respect, dignity and service to their fellow man.”

2012 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honorees

Peggy F. Acoya – Sac & Fox – served as the Secretary of the Sac and Fox Nation in the 1960s and worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs to improve housing and building projects. During her time at the BIA she worked with the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain of Colorado, the Shoshoni and Northern Arapahoe of Wind River, Wyoming and other tribes in North Dakota and Nebraska. She also worked for the National Congress of American Indians assisting with Economic Development programs. Peggy participates in the timeless traditional dances of the Sac and Fox and spends time explaining customs and stories to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Fredo “Chubby” Anderson – Muscogee Creek – has been employed with the Muscogee Creek Nation since 1974. Most of his years have been spent working with offenders. Mr. Anderson attends court and parole hearings for both men and women inmates and provides tours of the prisons for adults and youth offenders as requested. During his employment with the Muscogee Creek Nation, Mr. Anderson has worked under five Principal Chiefs. Mr. Anderson has worked with the Oklahoma state boxing team in the maximum security level and has trained and boxed with inmates. Mr. Anderson received the award for volunteer of the year in 1999 by Warden Debbie Mahaffey at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center for Women in Taft, Okla.

Buel Anglen – Cherokee – a tireless advocate for Indian Country and the Cherokee Nation, Buel is a long – time leader in his local community who especially cares for the elderly and youth. In addition to his service to the Cherokee Nation, Buel was a Loyal Shawnee Councilmember for several years. Buel has been committed to keeping the Cherokee people informed of beneficial information and new programs that are available and was very instrumental in helping form the Victory Cherokee Organization in Collinsville and the Washington County Cherokee Association in the Bartlesville and Dewey areas.

Neill Bayhylle – Pawnee – served as Director of Education for the Pawnee Nation where he provided strong leadership for staff and participants. His proven leadership skills were based on honesty, integrity and a positive approach to challenges. Neill is especially strong in his commitment to working with youth and teaching them values that will successfully carry them through life as productive citizens.

Mary Ann Brittan – Choctaw – a former speech, drama and English teacher in Oklahoma City and Long Beach, California, Mary Ann has also been an instructor at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, teaching Indian Education, School Improvement and the Choctaw Language. She is a co – founder of American Indian Research and Development and serves as vice chairman of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic where she has been on the Board of Directors since 2002. Working with the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is a family heritage of Brittan who is carrying on the work of her mother Corinne Yvonne Halfmoon. Mrs. Halfmoon was responsible for many of the health care services available to Native Americans in metro Oklahoma City today.

Lloyd Perry Buffalo – Quapaw – former Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary – Treasurer and Councilman, Lloyd has also represented the tribe on the Inter – Tribal Council, Northeast Area Indian Health Board, Quapaw Tribal Gaming Corporation, is the longest active member of the Quapaw Tribal Enrollment Committee and the Downstream Development Authority. As Business Manager, Lloyd assisted in creating the Quapaw Tribal Office and wrote and prepared multi grants and contracts that included funding for higher and vocational education, cultural classes, housing, a Community Health Representative program, economic development and an elder lunch program. He similarly served the Modoc Tribe as business manager. He and his wife LuAnn have always kept and practiced their Quapaw cultural traditions throughout their lives and have passed those practices on to their children and grandchildren.

Grace Bunner – Thlopthlocco – a member of the bird clan, Grace was the first woman to serve two, four year terms as the Thlopthlocco Town Mekko. Under her leadership, she negotiated and entered into Memorandums of Agreements and compacts with many federal and state agencies for the first time in Tribal Town history. She successfully lead litigation efforts regarding Tribal Town ownership of oil/gas minerals and revenues, increased the Tribal Town’s land base and annual budget, secured new programs, was instrumental in securing funding for renovation of tribal headquarters and negotiated an agreement for Housing Authority funding. Grace offers thanks to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Business Committee members who served with her during her terms of office who she says were instrumental in helping move the Tribal Town forward.

Mary Butler – Kaw and Ponca – last surviving child of Newman and Clara Mehojah Littlewalker, Mary, who is half Kaw and half Ponca, worked as a human resource administrative assistant for Oxy USA and Rural Water District #4. She has been on several different committees in the past and is currently on the Culture Committee. Mary is involved in the Kaw Nation Annual Pow Wow and the Veteran’s Dance held every year. She believes it is important to keep tribal traditions alive for future generations.

Royce Carter – Miami – a contemporary jewelry maker and silversmith who is known for his beautiful creations. Royce’s work has been featured in exhibitions across the country. He uses a mushroom stamp as his hallmark. He has used his talents to preserve tribal traditions and heritage.

Ella M. Colman – Seminole – a member of the Deer clan and Ocese band, Mrs. Colman was elected Assistant Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma in September 2009. She worked at the Rockville, Md. headquarters of the Indian Health Service, the Washington, D.C., Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs and the Central Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She has also held positions with the Soil Conservation Service and Tinker Air Force Base. In addition to her professional appointments, Assistant Chief Colman has also served on the Seminole Nation Development Authority and Interim Seminole Nation Division of Commerce review committees, as well as the Seminole Nation Finance Committee.

George Coser – Muscogee Creek – has worked at the Tulsa Indian Health Care Resource Center as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and with adolescents in the Muscogee Creek Nation. Mr. Coser has worked for the Smithsonian on native language and recovery of tribal remains, and traveled as an Ambassador for the tribe in the Tulsa Sister City cultural exchange program with Germany. He is in the Redman singing group for powwow’s and is in demand as the MC at powwow’s and continues to teach the Creek language.

Judy Deer – Kickapoo – has taught young women how to dance at powwows and is known for her beading work here and abroad. She has made beaded crowns for several Indian Princesses, has bead work in Tulsa area museums and the Smithsonian. She has made Native American jewelry for many years and has handmade many Native American men and women tribal specific dance costumes from ribbon shirts, beaded vests, to jingle dresses, deerskin dresses and moccasins. She was a cultural exchange Ambassador for the tribe to Germany, and is often the Head Lady dancer at pow wows.

Leland Michael Darrow – Ft. Sill Apache – has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Business Committee since 2002. In 1986, the General Council designated Mr. Darrow Tribal Historian, a position that he maintains today. Mr. Darrow has consulted on several documentaries and movies related to the Tribe’s history as a result of both his position as Secretary-Treasurer and Tribal Historian of the Tribe. Mr. Darrow attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in Botany from 1975-1980. He also attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1975-1980.

Georgia Gallegos – Delaware Nation – was instrumental in helping to build the foundation of the Tribal Rolls. She assisted in creating the Base Roll and researched and compiled information to create the Original Allottee List. She served as enrollment officer for many years.

Glenda Galvan – Chickasaw – is clan storyteller for the Fox Clan She was the first curator and repatriation representative for the tribe and has served on numerous museum boards including Oklahoma Museums Association, Mountain-Plains Museums Association, Smithsonian Institution, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Glenda has been published by such organizations as The Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Wonderland Press, Chickasaw Press and Chelsea House Publishers. She recently published two children’s books in both English and Chickasaw and was able to present some of these stories at the National Museum of the American Indian in November, 2011. Glenda often travels the country sharing her culture and traditional southeastern stories. She has been to Canada, Mexico and many tribal events in most of the United States in schools and on campuses.

Joe Grayson, Jr. – Cherokee – a full blood, Grayson served as Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Among his special initiatives were instituting the Cherokee National Medal of Patriotism, establishing a Cherokee Warrior Memorial, expanding services to native veterans, the launching of the Cherokee National Park System and expanding community-based, self-help construction for housing, community buildings and utilities. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Grayson worked at the VA Hospital and W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital and served four years as the Eastern Oklahoma Area Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. He remains actively involved in community service, volunteering for Help-In-Crisis and the Cherokee Heritage Center.

John Hair – United Keetowah – former Chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, John is deeply devoted to the people he has served. He laid the groundwork in this modern era for the United Keetowah tribe to achieve land-in-trust and continues to actively serve on UKB committees and encourages all ages of Keetoowah to achieve their best.

Louis Headman – Ponca – one of only five Poncas who is fluent in the native language, Louis has portrayed Chief Standing Bear in a play titled “Waaxe’s Law” a dramatic re-enactment of the historic trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, who successfully argued in 1879 that Native Americans should be recognized as "persons under the law." He is a flute maker and serves as Pastor of the Ponca Indian Nazarene Church.

Sharon Den Hoed – Ottawa – known for her generous spirit, beautiful smile and big heart, Sharon carries on the tradition of tribal beading. She spends many hours visiting and working with tribal elders on their beading projects, often buying supplies herself. In addition, she is involved in literacy projects and volunteers at the Ottawa Christmas Dinner. Sharon can usually be found at the tribal center conducting classes, visiting and laughing.

Leroy Howard –Seneca Cayuga – has served as Chief since 2008 and has dedicated himself to the advancement of the Seneca Cayuga Tribe.

Doyle Barry Kerr – Shawnee – served 12 years as second chief of the Shawnee Tribe beginning in 2000 when the tribe was recognized by the federal government. Barry has always been available to represent the tribe at functions and is very knowledgeable about Shawnee history. A U.S. Army veteran, Barry is a gourd dancer, jewelry maker, silversmith, fan maker and bead artist. Barry has always been active in local civic activities and has contributed countless hours of his time to many worthy causes.

Dee Ketchum – Delaware Tribe – served as Chief of the Delaware Tribe from 1998 to 2002. He was a member of the Tribal Council for 12 years and served three years on the Trust Board. Chief Ketchum was instrumental in acquiring the 80-acre land base on which the tribal complex is located and has served 14 years as a trustee at Haskell Indian Nations University Foundation. He is a member of the University of Kansas Letterman Club, the Association of American Indian Affairs and the National Congress of American Indians. In addition, he has served six years as chairman and co-chairman of the Indian Summer Festival, northeastern Oklahoma’s premiere native American celebration. He is a member of the Lenape Gourd Society and the Southern Eagle Ridge Singers and currently serves as director of the Ketchum Institute of American Indian Studies at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Annette Ketchum – Delaware Tribe – born on her grandmother’s allotment in Dewey, Annette was raised among the Delawares and exposed to tribal government and traditions at a young age. She served on the tribal council and is a renowned Indian artisan who makes dance clothes for her family as well as other tribal members. Annette is a leader and mentor among tribal people and particularly a role model for Delaware girls. She takes pride in participating in tribal culture and has received many honors including Head Woman Dancer at the 1990 Nowata Pow Wow and the 2004 Women’s Network History Maker of the Year. She is actively involved in the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club, the Bartlesville Area History Museum, the National Center for Grand Lake Native American Culture and First Baptist Church of Bartlesville. In addition, she was instrumental in beginning Oklahoma Indian Summer, which celebrates its 25th year and honors her this year for her contributions to the festival. A book and movie entitled, “The Long Journey Home,” has been released about Dee and Annette Ketchum and the Delaware Indians.

H. Mongraine Lookout – Osage – created the orthography used in the Osage language classes and he is one of the last fluent Osage speakers. Through the orthography, he has insured generations of future Osage speakers. He is a member of the Native American Church and is Head Committee Man in the Osage Dances (In lon schkah) for the Pawhuska District. He is known for his giving nature.

Alice Roberta Hedges Lindsley – Peoria – has been a member of the Peoria Historical Committee and Economic Development Committee since 1992 and joined the Election Committee in 1999. She and her family can also be seen attending and participating in tribal meetings, at the annual Stomp Dance and at the annual children’s Christmas party. She is proud to follow in the footsteps of her Peoria father, Forrest Hedges and continue his legacy as an active member of the Native American community. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mrs. Lindsley is active in her church, the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club, the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive, the annual Indian Summer event in Bartlesville and has served as a past treasurer of Operation Eagle Title VII Indian Education Program.

Rebecca Lindsey – Muscogee Creek – helps the Muscogee Creek Community Health Department with many different projects including volunteering as a group leader at the Adult Diabetes Camp, is a co-facilitator in the Living Longer, Living Stronger Program, and helps on the planning committee for the Muscogee Creek Nation Diabetes Awareness Summit. Rebecca is a great community advocate for tribal programs (walking program, exercise classes, camps, elder prevention program) by attending and making sure others have a ride to attend. She inspires other elders to make healthier choices and to participate in the different programs offered by the Wewoka Indian Health Center, Seminole Nation Diabetes Program, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Diabetes Program. She is a role model for good health for all elders in the Wewoka area.

JoAnn Big Soldier Mayes – Iowa/Otoe – Missouria – her Iowa name is Hin’ Gah Soje Mi of the Buffalo Clan meaning “Dust His Fur Woman”, an old Original Clan Story name. JoAnn is a kind and honest person, and has been a hard worker all her life. She owned and operated her own beauty shop in Shawnee for many years, and later, was employed for the Pottawatomie Nation in Medical Records, and is presently employed by the Iowa Tribe. She loves to Gourd dance, and she especially enjoys learning more about her tribe and where her People came from. She feels it is important that she teach her children these traditional ways; and she wants to leave these ways for her future generations.

Guy Munroe – Kaw – is currently serving his 12th year as Chairman of the Kaw Nation and is the first Kansan to lead the Kaws in more than 125 years. Under the leadership of Chairman Munroe, the Kaw Nation has expanded its business operations and has grown to be one of the largest employers in northern Oklahoma. “It is critical that we, as a Nation, take care of each other,” he says. “Walk in a beautiful manner and with Freedom of Heart, and the blessings will follow.” Mr. Munroe is a veteran of the US Army and was cited by the Kansas House of Representatives in 2011 for his leadership.

Emma Murdock – Kickapoo – a revered elder, Mrs. Murdock is one of the few remaining American Indians who speaks only her native Kickapoo language. She teaches traditional cooking and makes traditional regalia clothing for her family and other Tribal members.

Lyndreth “Tugger” Palmer – Kiowa/Choctaw – has been a member of the Kiowa Blackleggings Warrior Society for 53 years. He worked seven years in the Indian Education Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as business manager of the Kiowa Tribe and Executive Director of the Wichita, Comanche and Kiowa Housing Authorities. Mr. Palmer was a world-champion fancy dancer and a professional entertainer at Six Flags Over Texas. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and served on the USS Constellation in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Steven B. Pratt, Ph.D (Wazhazhe) – Osage – born and raised on the Osage Indian reservation, Dr. Pratt serves as a traditional and ceremonial leader of the Osage people and works extensively on the revitalization of the Osage language. He developed an Osage orthography, accompanying CD and workbook and recorded three volumes of the Osage language focusing on tribal customs, ceremonies and day-to-day life activities. Dr. Pratt is an Osage Road Man – a person who conducts the traditional ritual of the Osage Christian way of worship that was adopted by the tribe in the late 1880s – – for the Lottie Shunkamolah Chapter of the Native American Church, Hominy Indian Village.

Lucinda Robbins – Cherokee – has been a positive role model known for passing on the Cherokee language, traditions and love of God. She has taught Cherokee language for many years to students and missionaries from all over the world who have studied at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She is an elder member of the First Indian Baptist Church in Tahlequah where she has taught Sunday School and sung in the Cherokee Choir.

Gayle Cussen Satepauhoodle – Caddo – a founding member of the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, Gayle worked as the Caddo Tribal Business Manager for many years, served on the Caddo Tribal Museum board and has been very active in Caddo politics and events most of her life. In addition, she is a past Caddo Tribal Princess.

Jim Schreen – Tonkawa – gives back to his community and tribe by serving not only as Vice President of the Tonkawa Tribe but also Vice Mayor of the City of Tonkawa.

Jack Shadwick – Modoc – has counseled college and high school students in the fields of business, nursing, math, science and English in professional, academic and personal settings. His work experience includes business ownership, counseling and education director positions at a community college, a federal agency and Native American tribes. He currently serves as historian of the Modoc Tribe and Enrollment Officer. His decision to serve in these capacities, at the invitation of Chief Bill Follis, has helped the tribe advance greatly in maintaining its library after a devastating flood and serving tribal members in reaching advanced educations and learning their tribal history.

Baptiste Shunatona
– Otoe Missouria – After 42 years of service as a Colonel in the United States Army, Retired Colonel Shunatona has worked tirelessly for his people. Mr. Shunatona listens carefully, and cares equally for each and every tribal member's needs and problems. He distinguishes himself by his genuine concern and the action he takes to fairly secure help and aide, for all individuals regardless of relationship or political ties. Mr. Shunatona follows up, keeps his word, and does what he says he will do. He helps each tribal member achieve one's goal whether it is related to education, health issues, or community development.

Doyle Morton Thompson – Citizen Potawatomi – a respected tribal elder, Doyle is a direct descendant of Pete Anderson. He is active in the Title VI Senior Center in McLoud and is known for contributing his time and effort to projects that benefit his fellow elders and for volunteering in the Harrah area. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Thompson served in the 1st Armed Rifle Battalion in the 84th Infantry, achieved the rank of Special 4th Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

William (Bill) Thorpe – Sac & Fox – patriarch of the Jim Thorpe family, Bill has taken over the role as the leader of his family. He has made himself available to help the children of any and all tribes as he pays homage and honor to his father and to his father’s great athletic achievements. With the passing of his brother Jack, Bill has been in the public eye for interviews to share his story of his father and his legacy. He was the guiding force in the arrangement for his Dad's medals to be placed on display at the Smithsonian Institute Native American Museum. Bill has helped his tribe, the state of Oklahoma and certainly the Nation as he continues to bring to the front of people’s hearts and minds his Dad's accomplishments.

Nathan "Jumbo" Tselee
– Apache – serves as chairman of the Cultural Revitalization and Preservation for the Apache Tribe and has served as Interim Chairman. In addition he is a headman in the Blackfoot Gourd Dancing Society.

Pauline White Wahpepah – Absentee Shawnee – raised by her grandparents in a traditional Absentee Shawnee home, Pauline has dedicated much of her life to language and cultural preservation. She began working with the Choctaw Bilingual Education Program and helped develop the Oklahoma Native Youth Language Fair at the University of Oklahoma. She worked with the OU Department of Anthropology Department to develop 20 language lessons and a booklet and served on the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education. In addition, Mrs. Wahpepah served three terms as Lt. Governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and was instrumental in the development of the Tax Commission, serving as its first president. She attended the Pawnee and Riverside Indian Schools and Haskell Institute and returned to school after the death of her husband and earned a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Josephine Myers-Wapp – Comanche – After completing her education at Haskell University, Mrs. Wapp entered an art education program at Santa Fe Indian School and chose fiber and traditional arts as her major area of study. She taught arts and crafts at Chilocco Indian School and in 1963 joined the faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe where she was involved in all aspects of art including dance. In 1968, she helped coordinate a dance exhibit at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City featuring IAIA students. She retired from teaching in 1973 to focus on creating traditional and contemporary finger weaving. Her award-winning, creative work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Today, at age 100, Mrs. Wapp is the oldest living Comanche.

Dr. Linda Sue Warner – Comanche – one of the most cited authors regarding American Indian and cultural leadership, Dr. Warner served as the Director of the Penn State American Indian Leadership Program. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by former President George W. Bush and cited for her work as President of Haskell Indian Nations University by the former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. Dr. Warner also served as academic Vice Chancellor for the sixth largest system of higher education in the nation and was appointed to the research faculty at the Truman School of Public Policy at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was appointed Program Officer at the National Science Foundation for Education and Human Resources and currently serves as Special Assistant to the President on Tribal Affairs at Northeastern Oklahoma College. Among her numerous awards and honors is the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society Leadership and Service Award in 2006 and Distinguished Alumna by Northeastern State University, Oklahoma. Additionally, she is one of the founders of Hope 4 Today, a national literacy non – profit foundation.

Matthew Whitehorse – Kiowa – was bustlekeeper for Kiowa Ohomah Society from 1952 until his passing this summer at age 95. Ohomah means war dance. There have been a total of 6 keepers since it was introduced to the Kiowa by the Cheyenne in 1884. The Cheyenne obtained it from the Lakota, who had in turn obtained it from the Omaha around 1865. Mr. Whitehorse was taught at a young age by his father Charley Whitehorse, bustlekeeper from 1925 to 1940, the song, dance, ceremony of the Ohomah Society. This is the only society he belonged to and dedicated his knowledge to the next generations to come, so this society will carry on for many years to come.

Stratford Williams – Wichita & Affiliated – has served as President and Vice President of the tribe and as Transportation Director. He has served on the Dance Committee and has been involved in the return of artifacts to the tribe.

Stella Wilson – Sac & Fox and Iowa – one of the foremost seamstress and crafts person among the Sac and Fox Nation, she, along with her husband Jim, have provided many families with Indian shirts, village dresses, beadwork, moccasins, wooden spoons, and wooden bowls used for the Sac and Fox traditional ceremonies such as funerals, adoptions and Spring Feasts – as well as pow wow regalia for men, women and children. She is also the Sac and Fox Elders Building Manager and has taught or provided instructors to teach classes on Moccasin making, beading, village dresses, traditional cooking, plastic canvas, and appliqué work. She not only is a hard worker, but also is detail oriented. Stella is an asset to the Sac and Fox Nation, and to many other Algonquin tribes in Oklahoma and is well known among the Iowa’s, Otoe’s, Kickapoo’s and Pawnees for her work. She has served the Sac and Fox and Iowa people for many years including time spent as the Title VI Elders Coordinator.

Robert Wilson – Cheyenne & Arapaho – an employee in the tribal treasury office, Mr. Wilson’s knowledge of culture and history is surpassed only by his knowledge of current – day tribal business. Robert’s total interest and life – long commitment as a member is to his tribe. His vision and direction is demonstrated daily in his work in the treasury office.

Gladys Yackeyonny – Delaware Nation – Gladys started her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in Lawton and Anadarko for over 50 years. From 1962 to 1975, Gladys sat on the IHS Advisory Board and helped organize Indian health policies, hired doctors, nurses and staff members and helped write proposals for a new hospital. She served the Delaware Nation on the tribal election board, Delaware Language and Culture Committee and is currently on the Enrollment Board.