Native sisterhood: Students building Haskell’s
Kansas: Corey LeRoy and Ariane Franklin are students at Haskell Indian Nations University. They wanted a place for Haskell female students to connect and help one another. They wanted something never before seen at Haskell -- a greek organization.
It took a year for the women to find enough potential members for Alpha Pi Omega, the nation’s oldest Native American sorority. Five members have since been initiated.
“We decided we were going to do it and do it right,
because one, we wanted to be sisters, and two, we wanted
to have a family away from home,”
said LeRoy, a sophomore transfer student from Indiana. “Indiana is 10 hours away,
and I haven’t been home all semester.”
The five members include LeRoy, Franklin, Taryn Anquoe, Krystal Jumping Elk and Lara O’Toole who are now working on a constitution. If it is approved by Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Haskell's chapter will receive provisional status. In 2011, they can apply for full status. =
“We are just trying to get our constitution written now
and trying to keep our image positive on campus so that
other women will want to join us,” LeRoy says.
Leroy added, “Now even the men on campus are trying to get a chapter
of Phi Sigma Nu, a Native American fraternity.”
Alpha Pi Omega sorority was established in 1994 at the
University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill. APO
includes nearly 400 members from more
than 70 tribes in 13 chartered university chapters in 5 states.
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