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 6 missions and schools.
The missions supported below are all dedicated to improving the lives of Native Americans.
1 – 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.
2 – Houma Indian Mission, Dulac, LA
Clanton Chapel United Methodist Church operates a preschool to prepare students for public school and daily life.
3 – Navajo Ministries, Farmington, NM
This mission provides care for Navajo Indian families of Four Corners: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. They have a program for unwed mothers and mothers from abusive homes. They make available licensed professional Christian counselors.
4 – Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., Pine Ridge, SD
Provides services to the Lakota Indian Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation. They have two elementary schools, a high school, and 16 parishes.
5 – Southwest Indian Ministries, Inc., Cuba, NM
Located in the heart of the Navajo Reservation, they provide services to ALL tribes, children and families, in they area. They offer biweekly church services, and are open daily for counseling and fellowship.
6 – St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
St. Joseph’s provides for Lakota children and families in all phases of their lives, including 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.
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.