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Sandy Tharp Thee
Library Director, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in Perkins, OK
Sandy is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and serves as the Library Director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in Perkins, OK. She and Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Chairperson, Janice Rowe-Kurak, were honored with a 2012 Library Institutional Excellence Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. It recognizes an indigenous library that profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to its community. In three short years, the library evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.” The library now is widely-recognized for its work in advancing print and digital literacy among young and old, providing resources in employment and health, as well as activities to help preserve the Iowa people’s culture and history, and much more.