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By Tim Hudson
A Delaware Tribe of Indians elder is set to be honored by the AARP as a key Oklahoma-based Native American elder.
According to a release form the AARP, Delaware Tribe of Indians member Bonnie Thaxton has been “nominated and selected” as an honoree for the 2015 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors.
The seventh annual honor banquet will be held Oct. 6 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
“I’m 92 years old and I’m certainly proud of my heritage with the tribe,” Thaxton said. “And I plan to go to Oklahoma City for the ceremony.”
“This is one of AARP Oklahoma’s most prestigious and visible awards, given to recognize outstanding Native American Elders who are making a powerful difference in their communities, and Indian Country, in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission and vision, and who inspire others to service,” said Mashell Sourjohn, associate state director of community outreach for Oklahoma AARP. “AARP Oklahoma takes great pride in congratulating Mrs. Thaxton on all that she has done for her nation, state, community and for Indian country.”
Delaware Tribe of Indians Chief Chet Brooks said that he’s known Thaxton “at least 33 years.”
“And she is one of the Delaware Tribe’s most deserving elders to receive this AARP award and I’d like to personally thank Bonnie for all the years of service to the Delaware Tribe.”
AARP Inc., which was formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is a nonprofit membership and interest group, founded in 1958 for people over the age of 50. It is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States.
Sourjohn said Thaxton’s record of achievement, service and commitment to the community is “making a difference and bringing purpose to those around her.”
“She is an extraordinary example of the difference that can be made in the lives of individuals and in the well-being and vitality of a community,” Sourjohn said.
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