Otoe-Missouria Tribal Leadership to be Recognized by AARP Oklahoma
RED ROCK, Okla.—Otoe-Missouria Vice Chairman Ted Grant and 3rd Member Alvin Moore will be recognized at the 2019 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors in October. The Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors celebrate 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation.
As noted by AARP state director Sean Voskuhl during the 2018 honoree ceremony, “This event celebrates a lifetime of service from these distinguished elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation. Whether they are well-known or exhibit quiet devotion to family and community, this year’s AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder honorees represent what is best about Native American people- love of family, dedication to culture and respect for all people.”
Nominees must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Oklahoma tribe or nation, age 50+ and must be living.
Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 500 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes and nations in Oklahoma. This year’s Indian Elder Honors will be held October 1, 2019 in Oklahoma City. Congratulations to all the honorees!
Alvin Moore Sr, Otoe-Missouria
Alvin Moore Sr. is the Third Member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. Mr. Moore resides in Red Rock with his wife Denise and son Alvin Jr. He has two grown daughters Shannon and April Moore.
Mr. Moore is a member of the Owl Clan. He was a founding member of the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dance Organization in the early 1990s.
He worked for the Indian Health Service, Office of Environmental Health for 32 years.
Ted Grant, Otoe-Missouria
Ted Grant was elected November 2, 2012 as Vice-Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. His blood linage comes from the Buffalo Clan of our people. He is the son of the late William “Bill” Grant and Adah Mae Cerre Grant. His grandfather was Frank Grant and his grandmother was Fannie Moore Grant. He and his wife Teresa live in Red Rock.
The Vice Chairman belongs to the First Born Church of the Otoe-Missouria Chapter and is a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Sweat Lodge. He is one of the original founders of the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dancers and also a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He was raised with the traditional values of the Otoe-Missouria people, which play a very important part in his life as well as his family.
Mr. Grant has worked many jobs with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe over the years including: construction labor, security officer, bingo caller, Conservation Officer, Director of the Otoe-Missouria Gaming Commission, surveillance and security. He also served as the Chief of Police and Chief Bailiff for the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Court for 12 years. He is a strong believer in taking care of elders and children.