|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1923|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 2005|
From the Ponca City News, 26 Oct 2005:
"She grew up in Ponca City and was a 1941 graduate of Ponca City High School and was the first wrestling queen at Po-Hi. Fern remained in Ponca City until 1962 at which time she was working with the Kennedy Administration and moved to Washington, D.C. In 1968, Fern won the National Outstanding American Indian Award and was the first woman to earn such an honor. She was present at the Pioneer Woman rededication and appeared there with Will Rogers Jr. She later moved to Portland, Ore., where she lived for 29 years prior to returning to Tahlequah in 2002.
She was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Buffalo clan. At one time she served as Otoe princess. She began her career with BIA in 1963 in the Muskogee area office. She has been a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council and has held the office of secretary for the National Congress of American Indians. At one time, she also served as secretary of the five inter-tribal council of northern Oklahoma.
She won the annual Federal Volunteer Award on Feb. 9, 1973, in Washington, D.C. She was chosen from some 800 federal employee candidates, representing some 44 federal agencies. She is the only award winner from the Department of Interior and from the northwest area."
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