HISTORY: The North American Indian needs have been a concern of The King’s Daughters and Sons since 1934 when living conditions were in great need of improvement and treaty rights needed protection.
Miss Lida Chesnut, a second generation King’s Daughter, dedicated her life to improve conditions and protect Treaty Rights of our Native Americans. Miss Chesnut, the fifth generation in her family to work for the Indians, understood sign language and visited most North American tribes. She brought the needs of the Indians to the attention of our members who continue to provide support.
Currently we assist 10 missions and schools, which include over 100 tribes.
The missions supported below are all dedicated to improving the lives of Native Americans.
1 – Bacone College, Muskogee, OK
A 4-year college which provides education to people of American Indian descent.
2 – Cherokee Children’s Mission, Bunch, OK
This mission works with Cherokee children and their families in Eastern Oklahoma to educate, and to bring Christ into their lives.
3 – Blue Mountain Mission of the Navajo Evangelical Church, Prewitt, NM
Their purpose is to minister to the physical, social, and spritual needs of the Navaho in the Four Corners region and the American southwest.
4 – Houma Indian Mission of Dulac, LA
Clanton Chapel United Methodist Church operates a preschool to prepare students for public school and daily life.
5 – Navajo Missions, Inc./Four Corners Home for Children, Farmington, NM
This mission provides care for Native American children in family crisis. They have a program for unwed mothers and mothers from abusive homes. They make available licensed professional Christian counselors.
6 – Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., Pine Ridge, SD
They have two elementary schools, a high school, and 16 parishes on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
7 – Southwest Indian Ministries, Inc., Cuba, NM
Located in the heart of the Navajo Reservation, they provide biweekly church services, and are open daily for counseling and fellowship.
8 – St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
St. Joseph’s provides children with a home, education, medical and dental care, clothing and counseling. Their outreach programs include a shelter for abused women and children, drug abuse programs, food, shelter, and counseling.
9 – United Indian Missions International, Broken Arrow Bible Ranch, Greeley, CO
This ranch supports Native Americans.
10 – World Gospel Mission, American Indian Field, Peoria, AZ
Provides schooling for grades K – 12.
After World War II, the needs of the youth in the Indian community to receive post-secondary education became an opportunity for the IOKDS to lend a hand, and so the North American Indian Scholarship Program was begun.