“Pioneer for Native American women” Ardina Moore will be inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall Of Fame today, April 7.
Moore is the chairperson for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Cultural Committee and according to Quapaw Tribal Business Committee member Flossie Mathews, “Ardina exemplifies the Oklahoma spirit in numerous ways. But most notably she is known as a pioneer for Native American women. Taking on leadership roles with the Quapaw and Osage Tribes. Running a successful business, leading the fight for tribal land issues, and generously giving of her time and talent to the state and the people she loves.”
The hall of fame—part of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women—was established in 1982 to recognize women who are pioneers in their field or have made significant contributions to the state.
“Adrina has a very deep commitment to the young people in our state, and not only to the youth of Indian country,” John H. Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribal Business committee, said about the inductee. “Ardina rose as a strong woman and leader in her community. She understood that it was her responsibility as a Quapaw woman and as a teacher and as an Oklahoman to ensure that Quapaw and all children grow up with knowledge of their heritage.”