Saturday, April 06, 2013

Society Saturday - Indian Wars in Alabama

The Illinois Chapter of the Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars was honored to have our Governor General visit us for our March meeting.

Governor General Shelby Dean Ward is from Alabama and gave us a very interesting program about how the Native American conflicts helped shape history in Alabama as well as much of the southern US. 

The members of Illinois CSDIW with Governor General Ward and State Governor Schleinzer

The Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars is an organization that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall.  Membership is through lineal descendant from a Native or immigrant American ancestor who participated in any capacity in actual hostilities, one against the other, or in any other activity with each other, during the period May 14, 1607 to 1900.  In other words, anyone who fought for or against Native Americans in any conflict from the Pequot War (1637) through the Apache Wars (1900), or anyone who worked with Native Americans as a trader, missionary, interpreter, etc.

CSDIW has one charitable function - they provide Scholarships to Native Americans who are attending college with a career goal of providing education or social service to other Native Americans.  The scholarship is funded by donations.  When a member makes a donation of a given amount, they receive a pin as a thank you gift.  Four Illinois members donated this year, and received a small pony pin from Governor General Ward.

Four members received pony pins from Governor General Ward.

1 comment:

  1. I met Governor General Ward earlier this month at Associate's Council for USD1812 in Washington DC.