Recognizing the important impact Indian elders have on the fabric of the state, AARP Oklahoma will once celebrate Indian elders at its Fifth Annual Indian Elder Honors.

The association has announced it is accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors now through June 30. Nominations can be made online at: or by mail.

“Every year, AARP brings together members from all Oklahoma tribes and nations for a celebration honoring Indian Elders in a spirit of peace and harmony,” said AARP Volunteer Tee Edwards, a member of the Chickasaw nation. “It’s an amazing night when AARP connects us to people with the same shared interest and we celebrate our elders.”

Among last year’s honorees was a 100-year old Comanche finger-weaving artist, the last surviving son of Oklahoma great Jim Thorpe, educators, ministers and dancers.

“This event is all about celebrating the extraordinary contribution Indian elders – many of whom have never been recognized before – have had on their families and the people around them.” Edwards said. “We work very hard to have at least one person from each of the 39 Oklahoma tribes and nations honored every year.”

All nominees must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Oklahoma tribe or nation and must be living. Those wishing to submit a nomination can mail an essay detailing how the nominee has impacted their tribe or community, along with a non-returnable photo, to AARP Indian Elder Honors, 126 N. Bryant, Edmond, OK, 73012. Nominations can also be submitted online by visiting

Deadline for nomination is June 30th. For more information about the AARP Indian Elder Honors, contact Mashell Sourjohn at 405-715-4474.

Those selected will be honored at the 5th Annual AARP Indian Elder Honors which will be held in October.