At our Young Professional Coffee Hour on August 9th, our guest speaker is Sarah Adams-Cornell.
This month’s topic is World Indigenous Peoples Day. International Day of the World’s Indigenous People which occurs on August 9th each year, is to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982. Sarah will be talking about the work she does locally with Indigenous Populations and how we can support her important work right here at home.
Sarah Adams-Cornell is an advocate for Native American culture, education and rights. She is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors for Sovereign Community School Project where she focuses on community engagement. Sarah co-created an intertribal organization to empower Native women called Matriarch that serves women in central and NE Oklahoma. Sarah is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Oklahoma. She also serves on the BOD for Live Indigenous OK and has been working alongside other Native advocates to see Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized in OKC. Sarah is a proud ally member of Central Oklahoma Two Spirit Society, serves on the board of the World Experiences Foundation and was Activist in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.
Sarah was awarded the 2017 NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, 2017 Journal Record 50 Women Making a Difference, the Gazette’s 2016 40 Under 40, 2015 Oklahoma Humanitarian Award and the 2014 Cottey College Young Alumna of the Year.
Sarah has worked alongside other advocates to eliminate Land Run Reenactments and Native mascots in OKC Public Schools and co-created a new program called Oklahoma History Day, a diverse and accurate account of Oklahoma history through statehood.
Through Matriarch, Live Indigenous OK and Idle No More Central Oklahoma, Sarah has helped host rallies and meetings throughout Oklahoma to educate and bring light to human and environmental injustices. Both groups champion issues like the Violence Against Women Act, preservation of the Indian Child Welfare Act, opposition to Tar Sands pipelines and DAPL, protection of sacred sites, healing generational trauma, supporting Native youth and preserving Native traditions.
Sarah values the traditional ways of her people. She and her daughters have learned the Choctaw language and enjoy singing, dance, beading, basket making, dress making and history classes to help preserve, pass on and celebrate their Choctaw heritage.
She attended Cottey College and the University of Oklahoma and has two daughters, Bella and Gabi. Sarah works for her parent’s company, RedLand Sheet Metal and lives in Oklahoma City.
The United Nations Association of Oklahoma City is proud to host Sarah Adams-Cornell at our Young Professionals Happy Hour. It is on August 9th, 2018 at from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Nappy Roots Bookstore located at 3705 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. At the NE corner of 36th & Kelley in the Park Estates Shopping Plaza. There is no cost to attend. See you there! Please RSVP on Facebook.