The Auntie Project
 
 

The Auntie Project: Native Women of Service — Our Mission:

To serve.

The Auntie Project: Native Women of Service is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to be of service to Native American and Indigenous children in need through fundraising and educational awareness.

Cover Art by Wakeah Jhane (Comanche, Blackfeet, Kiowa)

 
 
 
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Who We Are

A group of multi-generational Native American and Indigenous women in Oklahoma who want to be of service to children in need in our communities. We are not affiliated with or working on behalf of a specific Native Nation, political party, political advocacy group, educational institution, or religious institution.

We are Aunties. In Native and Indigenous cultures, Aunties play a special role—we provide comfort and support, food and nourishment, advice and mentorship. We love. We love the children in our communities, and we have a special obligation to kids in need.

 
 

Our Initiatives

In this, our inaugural year as an organization, we are focused on bringing attention to the generational trauma caused by separating children from their families.  Our own tribal histories contain too many stories of such separation—our families have been torn apart by warfare, forced removal, boarding schools, adoption, and other such policies.  Because we know firsthand the effects of such forced separation, all of our initiatives this year will highlight this theme. We hope you contribute in some way to our first initiative this year—food for migrant children, most of whom are Indigenous, at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Food for Indigenous Migrant Children

As Aunties, we see migrant children as our Indigenous kin and as KIN (Kids in Need). Our first initiative is to raise funds for food for migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. We have developed a partnership with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank who will use their network in Texas to ensure that the food is delivered. Please consider donating, volunteering, or attending one of our fundraisers!

We look forward to sponsoring many initiatives to support kids in need—in our own communities, in Oklahoma, and wherever Native children are in need of Aunties.
 

 
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Meet the Aunties

Founders & Board of Directors

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Our Story

On June 25, 2019, we gathered together in Norman, Oklahoma to discuss the needs of migrant children separated from their families. Our tribes’ histories each contain terrible accounts of such forced separations—by removal, boarding schools, adoption, and other such policies. We know too well the generational trauma caused by forced separations. We had just heard the news that 1400 children were scheduled to move into Fort Sill, a site of Native imprisonment and later a Native boarding school. The migrant children—most of whom are Indigenous—touched our hearts. Like many others, we have felt bewildered and helpless.

Although plans to use Fort Sill as a shelter are now be on hold, we realized there was still much we could do to be of service to children at the border in addition to children here in Oklahoma. Knowing this would be only the first of many initiatives we wanted to work on together, The Auntie Project was born, and over the next few days, we organized and incorporated a nonprofit 501(c)3.

We look forward to sponsoring many initiatives over the years to come to support kids in need—in our communities, in Oklahoma, and wherever Native children are in need of Aunties.

“Native Sisters” Artwork by Brent Greenwood (Chickasaw, Ponca)

 

Get Involved

How can I help Indigenous migrant children through The Auntie Project? 

Your donation will provide food for migrant children, most of whom are malnourished, detained at the border. We have established a special fund for the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. Your donation to The Auntie Project will enable them to deliver much needed food items to children at the border.

What can I donate? 

We accept monetary donations only. Because of the many restrictions on donating material items such as canned food, diapers, blankets, etc., we ask that you donate funds here using PayPal.

 

HOST a Fundraising Event

Host a fundraising event in your home or business to help us raise funds to support the children! Contact us for details.

Volunteer opportunities

Give the gift of your time by volunteering to assist with one of The Auntie Project fundraisers.

Make a Donation

Donations can be made via PayPal. We are a certified 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible.