Yvonne Kauger was born in Cordell, Oklahoma on August 3, 1937. She grew up helping her parents on the farm in Colony, Oklahoma before graduating from Colony High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with minors in chemistry and English, interned at St. Anthony Hospital and worked as a medical technician at Medical Arts Lab before earning her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
On March 11, 1984 she was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Governor George Nigh, where she continues to preside. She served as Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court from January 1997 to December 1998.
Kauger founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian in Colony, Oklahoma and is co-founder of Red Earth, an organization created to showcase and celebrate Native American culture. She also serves as Symposium Coordinator of the Sovereignty Symposium. In 2001 she was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
Kauger has one daughter, Jonna Kauger Kirschner, a son-in-law Bruce Scrambler, as well as two grandsons, Jay Michael Eduard Kauger Scrambler and Winston Jon Eagle Kauger Scrambler.
(Bio current as of 2009)