By Alysa Landry
Alpha Pi Omega was founded by four college women in 1994 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Known as the Four Winds, the women—Jamie Goins, Lumbee; Shannon Brayboy, Lumbee; Christina Strickland, Lumbee; and Amy Locklear, Lumbee/Coharie—presented their idea of starting a sorority based on American Indian traditions to elder women representing different tribes in North Carolina.
The elder women gave the sorority their blessing, and Alpha Pi Omega pledged its first class of sisters, known as the Fifteen Warrior Women, in the spring of 1995. It received its incorporation status that fall.
Since then, the sorority has grown to include campuses across the country, with nine undergraduate chapters, four graduate chapters and three provisional chapters. Members of the sorority, who are seeking degrees from a range of colleges, including the University of New Mexico, Dartmouth College and Oklahoma State University, say the sorority is attractive because it offers something different yet familiar–a unique organization with a slice of Native culture not found on many college campuses.
Below: "The grand gathering in July was held at Oklahoma State University. This was taken outside the university's student union."