AARP Oklahoma accepting nominations for Indian Elder Honors

AARP Oklahoma is now accepting nominations for the 10th annual Indian Elder Honors to be selected and recognized this fall.

Each year since its inception, the Indian Elder Honors celebrates 50 Native American elders who made positive impacts and contributions to their communities, families and tribal nations. Nominations are being accepted until April 30 and those individuals selected as honorees will be acknowledged at the Indian Elder Honors banquet on Oct. 2 in Oklahoma City.

According to an AARP OK news release, 2017’s honorees came from 33 Oklahoma tribal nations and included teachers, veterans, nurses, artists, tribal leaders, language and culture preservationists, and even a champion archer and a 10-time world champion female arm wrestler. Since 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 450 elders from all 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma.

In the release, AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said: “This event celebrates a lifetime of service from these distinguished elders. The common thread between the honorees, regardless of the contribution, is the commitment to community and service.”

Nomination applications are online at: 

Nominations may also be submitted electronically or mailed to AARP Oklahoma, 126 N. Bryant, Edmond, OK, 73034. Indian Elder nominees must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Oklahoma tribal nation, age 50-plus, and must be living. Nominees do not have to be AARP members. For more information, please contact Mashell Sourjohn at (405) 715-4474 or

To watch a video synopsis of the 2017 Indian Elder Honors, visit