American Indians

The American Indians Committee, established as a sub-committee in 1936 and a national committee in 1941, is authorized to provide financial and educational assistance to Native American youth and to alert the members of the National Society to these needs:

Bacone College

Bacone College, located at 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403-1597, was selected by the DAR National Society as a college to receive support. Native American students across the country attend this college, which includes a nursing school. Funds are needed for scholarships and general operating expenses. Bacone has a Thrift Shop, which provides the needy with an opportunity to purchase serviceable clothing at low prices, and is also a source of income for the college.

Chemawa Indian School

Chemawa Indian School, located at 3700 Chemawa Road, Salem, Oregon 97305-1199, was added to the American Indians Committee in 1990. Chemawa serves students in grades 9-12 from many states and is the oldest boarding school in continuous operation for Native Americans in the United States. This school has a student school board. All donated funds are disbursed through this board.

Indian Youth of America Summer Camp Program

This program is a new area of emphasis for the Native American youth; sponsored by Indian Youth of America, Inc., (IYA) Sioux City, Iowa. The IYA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Indian children. Best known for its inter-tribal summer camp program established in 1976, IYA provides opportunities and experiences that will aid Indian youth in their educational, physical, cultural, personal, and career growth while fostering self-esteem and pride in their heritage. Thousands of American Indian children, ages 11-15, from more than 140 tribes, have attended IYA camps in Oregon, Arizona, South Dakota, and Idaho. There is a fee for each youth who attends camp. Tribal groups, parents, or organizations that sponsor the young people must provide transportation to and from the camp. In 2001, NSDAR provided funding for a 20 minute video that describes the summer camp program. This video is used by the IYA to promote awareness of the program and for fund raising. To learn more about the Summer Camp Program, see the documentary video, Telling Stories, Planting Seeds. Contact the American Indians Committee Chairman,, to arrange for a viewing.

America Indian Scholarship Fund

The America Indian Scholarship Fund has two types of scholarships:

1. The initial fund provides a one-time supplementary $500 scholarship to Native American college and technical school students of any age, from any tribe in any state, who has financial need and a minimum grade point average of 2.75. These awards are available for vocational training or college/university undergraduate or graduate level students. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Deadlines for submission of scholarship applications are July 1 and October 1.

2. The Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship is given annually to one full-time Native American student enrolled at a two or four-year college or university. A candidate is judged on financial need, academic achievement, and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A recipient may reapply for this award and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool. The amount of this award varies each year depending on the total return of the endowment, but is a substantial amount. The deadline for applying is February 1.

The scholarship funds for all awards are sent to the respective school or university. 


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