TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Ollie Star was inducted into the 2019 Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame recently at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to honor deserving Oklahoma women. The induction ceremony is held every two years to honor the chosen women.
Ollie Starr, of Claremore, was inducted for her lifelong dedication to helping people and improving her community.
“I felt so humbled to receive this award and so humbled that so many family and friends were there to support me,” said Starr. “That was the most gratifying thing of all. That so many people came there to be with me, when I received this award. It was not about me. This award is about what we can do to help others.”
As a longtime chairman for the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, she has repeatedly raised money for scholarships for young Cherokee students, and preserved Cherokee culture and heritage in Rogers County and other Oklahoma communities.
“Ollie Starr is one of the most inspirational women of this nation, and many of us would not be who we are today without her influence and service to her community,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “I can think of no one who deserves this honor more than her.”
In 2014 Ollie Starr received the Cherokee National Community Leadership Award and in 2017 she received the Cherokee Nation Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Watching my mother serve others is how I learned to serve,” said Tribal Councilor Keith Austin. “She has been in my sister and brothers Hall of Fame a long time. We are glad others have finally caught up.”
Most recently, Starr has been coordinating alongside the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club for the annual tribute to Will Rogers on November 2.