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 Board of Directors for Not Your Mascot and Live Indigenous OK which recently was successful in seeing Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized in OKC. Sarah is a proud ally member of Central Oklahoma Two Spirit Society 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, is married to Dustin Cornell and has two daughters, Bella and Gabi. Sarah works for her parents company, RedLand Sheet Metal and lives in Oklahoma City.