ADA — Chickasaw Nation Program Operations Division Administrator Pat Woods was recently honored at a luncheon that took place at the 30th Anniversary Conference of the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) in Tulsa.

Woods was honored for her 26 years of excellent service as a NICOA board member.

She also has the distinction of being the longest serving board member in the history of the organization and the only female to serve as chairperson.

"Pat has been dedicated to American Indian seniors since she first began working for the Chickasaw tribe over 25 years ago," said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby. "NICOA has truly benefited from her many years of service and she fully deserves this distinguished honor."

Woods, along with other former board members in attendance, was awarded a framed certificate of appreciation, a NICOA coffee mug and a Native American art print.

NICOA was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association. The association called for a national organization to advocate improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. NICOA was formed and still works to fulfill that calling today.

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