About Us

Alpha Pi Omega was established on Sept. 1, 1994, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the first historically American Indian sorority, Alpha Pi Omega was founded by four college women, known by the sorority as the Four Winds: Jamie Goins (Lumbee), Shannon Brayboy (Lumbee), Christina Strickland (Lumbee), and Amy Locklear (Lumbee/Coharie). In October of that same year, the Four Winds presented their idea of starting a sorority based on Native American traditions to elder women representing different Native tribes in North Carolina. With their blessings, the Four Winds continued on their mission of creating a strong sisterhood among Native college women.

In spring 1995, the Four Winds pledged the first class of sisters, known as the Fifteen Warrior Women at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the help of community advisor, Alicia Hardin, the Four Winds and the Fifteen Warrior Women established the Alpha Chapter. During this time, three UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students were initiated into the Alpha Pi Chapter, the first graduate chaper of the sorority. On Nov. 13, 1995, Alpha Pi Omega received its incorporation status from the Secretary of State of North Carolina.

In spring 1996, Alpha Pi Omega opened its arms to six new sisters, known as Victory Voices. Year after year, the Alpha Chapter grew.

Due to a great interest among Native women at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the sorority chartered its second undergraduate chapter there in fall 1996. The Beta Chapter at UNCP, was founded by its initial pledge class, Victory Voices. In the following years, more women joined the circle of sisterhood at UNCP.

The Beta Pi Chapter, the sorority's second graduate chapter, was also chartered in fall 1996. Located in Pembroke, NC, the graduate chapter consists of women who have earned their undergraduate degree. The Beta Pi Chapter grew as sisters who pledged an undergraduate chapter graduated from college and relocated to Pembroke.

The Gamma Chapter at Oklahoma State University and the Gamma Pi Chapter in Columbus County, N.C. were chartered on May 29, 2004. The Delta Chapter at the University of New Mexico was chartered one year later, along with the Delta Pi Chapter in Payne County, Okla.

In 2001, the sorority began initiating sisters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005, the sorority expanded again, this time to the University of Northern Colorado.

At Grand Gathering 2006, the Epsilon Chapter was chartered at Dartmouth College, along with the Zeta Chapter at the University of Arizona. The following year, the Eta Chapter at North Carolina State University and the Theta Chapter at Northeastern State University were chartered. In 2008, the sorority expanded to Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. and chartered the Iota Chapter at Arizona State University.

Two years later, the sorority expanded again, this time to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. In spring 2011, the sorority completed another round of westward expansion, initiating sisters at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

At Grand Gathering 2013, the sorority chartered three new chapters: the Kappa Chapter at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., the Epsilon Pi Chapter in Bernalillo County, N.M., and the Zeta Pi Chapter in the District of Columbia.

Alpha Pi Omega still grows...

Mission

The mission of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. is to create a strong sisterhood that will serve as a support for college women in today's society. The sisterhood shall support its members in their individual journeys towards a balanced life. The Alpha Pi Omega woman will always strive for greater scholarship, honesty, leadership, service, and personal integrity. The Sorority will work to preserve our Native American traditions, for through celebration and practice of our cultural and spiritual heritage, we become one with each other.

Four Fundamental Principles

We the sisters of Alpha Pi Omega, in order to bring to bear the vision of our founders, dedicate ourselves to four fundamental principles: respecting Native American traditions, supporting self-renewal through continuous education, honoring the Creator, and addressing critical issues facing our Native communities and society at large.

Motto

"My Sister As Myself"

Tribes Represented


The following tribes are represented in the sorority:

Tribes Represented

Our Philanthropy


In 2010, the sorority chose to support the National Indian Education Association as its permanent philanthropy.

  • National Indian Education Association
  • www.niea.org
  • 110 Maryland Ave. NE
  • Suite 104
  • Washington, D.C. 20002

 

The National Indian Education Association is membership based organization committed to increasing educational opportunities and resources for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students while protecting our cultural and linguistic traditions.

Incorporated in 1970, NIEA is the largest and oldest Indian education organization in the nation and strives to keep Indian Country moving toward educational equity. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of 12 representatives, the NIEA has several committees that work to ensure native educators and students are represented in various educational institutions and forums throughout Indian Country and Washington, D.C.

The sisters of Alpha Pi Omega encourage you to support your favorite charity. Give back to your community!

Award-Winning Sisters


Tribal/Organizational Princesses
Academic Award Winners
Greek Life Award Winners
Professional Award Winners
Chapter Awards

Tribal/Organizational Princesses


  • Lauren Alchesay, Miss White Mountain Apache 2010-2011
  • Cydney Atsye, Miss American Indian OSU 2017-2018
  • Sasha Big Hair, Miss Native American OSU 2006
  • Rachel Brown, Miss Indian UNM 2009-2010
  • Mallory Buckley, Northeastern State NASA princess 2009-2010
  • Cassandra Camp, Miss Native American OSU 2009
  • Amanda Cheromiah, Miss Native American UA 2005
  • Ashleigh Coser, Miss Native American OSU 2008
  • Mardella Sunshine Costanzo, Miss Indian North Carolina 2009-2010
  • Crystalyne Curley, Miss Intertribal Ceremonial Queen 2008-2009
  • Crystalyne Curley, Miss Navajo Nation 2011-2012
  • Brooklin Dailey, Pawnee Nation College princess
  • Madison Davenport, Miss UNCP 2016
  • Madison Davenport, Miss Lumbee 2017-2018
  • Candace French, Wichita Tribal Princess 2000-2001
  • Bijiibaa Garrison, Miss Native American UA 2003
  • Tabatha Harris, District No. 1 Senior Miss Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 2008-2009
  • Amber Holland, Miss Indian North Carolina 2008
  • Valerie Jacobs, Miss Waccamaw Siouan
  • Onawa Lacy, Miss Indian New Mexico 2001
  • Onawa Lacy, Miss Indian World 2003
  • Onawa Lacy, Miss New Mexico 2006
  • Elizabeth Lee, Northeastern State NASA princess 2013
  • Amy Locklear, Miss Homecoming UNCP 2003
  • Candice Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2014-2015
  • Jada Locklear, Miss NASO UNCP 1999
  • Jessica Locklear Worriax, Miss NASO UNCP
  • Tiffany G. Locklear, Miss Waccamaw Siouan
  • Tiffany G. Locklear, Miss NASO UNCP
  • Jammi Lowry, Miss Lumbee 2001
  • Qua Lynch, Miss Indian North Carolina 2010-2011
  • Terri Sue Maynor, Miss Cumberland County Association of Indian People
  • Symphony McDaniel, NASA Princess OSU 2002
  • Lorna McNeill, Miss North Carolina 2000
  • Lorna McNeill, Miss Lumbee 1994
  • Victoria Mills, Miss Muscogee Creek Nation 2005
  • Victoria Mills, Northeastern State NASA princess 2004
  • Jessica Moore, Miss Indian Oklahoma 2007
  • Jessica Moore, NASA Princess OSU 2004
  • Jessica Moore, Otoe-Missouria princess 2003-2004
  • Jessica Moore, Osage Nation princess 1998
  • September Neal, Miss NASO UNCP 2000
  • Holly Noe, Northeastern State NASA princess 2011-2012
  • Holly Noe, Cherokee Gourd Society princess 2012-2013
  • Lara O’Toole, Haskell Indian Nations University Homecoming Queen
  • Alicia Patterson, Miss Haskell 2016-2017
  • Crystal Perry, Northeastern State NASA princess 2010-2011
  • Edith Phillips, Northeastern State NASA princess 2007
  • Rebekah Revels, Miss Lumbee 1996
  • Rebekah Revels, Miss North Carolina 2002
  • Consuela Richardson, Miss Haliwa-Saponi 1998-1999
  • Kristey Riddick, Miss Meherrin
  • Meekah Roy, Miss Native American NSU 2016-2017
  • Valerie Rudman, Miss Native American OSU 2010-2011
  • Valerie Rudman, 2013-2014 Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma princess
  • Carol Seanez, Miss Native American UA 2012-2013
  • Se’mana Seukteoma, Miss Indian UNM 2010-2011
  • Kinsey Shade, 2008-2009 Cherokee Nation Gourd Society princess
  • Brittany Simmons, Miss NASO UNCP
  • Brittany Simmons, Miss Indian North Carolina 2007
  • Jonathea Tso, Miss Navajo 2007-2008
  • Alessandra Uentille, Miss Native American UA 2002
  • Cydney Walters, Miss Native American UA 2016-2017
  • Hanna Wensman, 2013-2014 Tulsa Indian Club powwow princess
  • Rochell Werito, Miss Native American OSU 2007
  • Rochell Werito, Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation 2009-2010
  • Elsie Whitehorn, Otoe-Missouria princess 2007
  • Elsie Whitehorn, American Indian Expo princess 2007
  • Sky Wildcat, Miss Cherokee Nation 2016-2017
  • Kassondra Yaiva, Miss Hopi 2007

 

Academic Award Winners


  • Cristina Bunch, 2011 National Science Foundation REU program
  • Elizabeth Davey, 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
  • Elizabeth Davey, 2017 Highest Member GPA
  • Karen Kaminawaish, 2010 ONASHE Outstanding Graduate
  • Lenzy Krehbiel, 2006 OSU Top News-Editorial senior
  • Onawa Lacy, 2005 UNM AISS student of the year
  • Onawa Lacy, 2005 Clauve Outstanding Senior
  • Christa Lee, 2008 Udall Scholar
  • Christa Lee, 2008 Highest Member GPA
  • Christa Lee, 2009 Highest Member GPA
  • Kelsey Leonard, 2008 Institute for International Public Policy fellow
  • Francesca Locklear, 2012 Highest Member GPA
  • Emmaline Mansfield, 2017 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll
  • Jessica Moore, 2009-2010 OSU Senior of Significance
  • Jessica Moore, 2009-2010 ASLA Olmsted Scholar
  • Jessica Moore, 2009-2010 ONASHE Outstanding Leader
  • Karli Moore, 2014 Udall Scholar
  • Karli Moore, 2014 Highest Member GPA
  • Karli Moore, 2015 Highest Member GPA
  • Karli Moore, 2016 Highest Member GPA
  • Ashley Morris, 2009-2010 OSU College of Education Top 10 Senior
  • Karen Powless, 2005-2006 OSU Senior of Significance
  • Karen Powless, 2006 OSU Top Sociology senior
  • Amber Ramsey, 2015 Highest Member GPA
  • Carol Seanez, 2012-2013 University of Arizona Pillar of Excellence
  • Farrah Secody, 2011 Udall Intern
  • Taylor Springs, 2013 Highest Member GPA
  • Megan Tom, 2017 Udall Scholar
  • Sky Wildcat, 2017 Northeastern State University Outstanding Senior

Greek Life Award Winners


  • Chelsea Barnes, 2015 UNC GAC Outstanding Senior
  • Debbie Begay, 2008 UNM Greek Woman of the Year
  • Rachel Blue, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Rachel Blue, Order of Omega
  • Adria Brown, 2015 Dartmouth College Kaiser Award
  • Rachel Brown, 2011 UNM Community Service award
  • Jessica Chavis, 2013-2014 UNCP Sorority President of the Year
  • Erin Dominick, 2005 OSU MGC Member of the Year
  • Macy Ferguson, 2016 Dartmouth College Kaiser Award
  • Christina Goodson, 2014 Dartmouth College Kaiser Award
  • Paula-Marie Herbert, 2013 UNM Community Service award
  • Elena Hunt, 2015 UNC GAC Outstanding Senior
  • Melanie Hurtt, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Melanie Hurtt, Order of Omega
  • Tonia Jacobs, Order of Omega
  • Tonia Jacobs, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Heather Jim, 2012 UNM Community Service award
  • Janice Kowemy, Order of Omega
  • Lenzy Krehbiel, 2006 OSU MGC Member of the Year
  • Onawa Lacy, Order of Omega
  • Onawa Lacy, 2005 UNM Advancing Our Community Award
  • J’Shon Lee, Order of Omega
  • Asa Lewis, 2008 NSU Top 5 Greek Women
  • Brooke Locklear, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Leslie Locklear, Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Leslie Locklear, Order of Omega
  • Kassandra McCook, 2012 UNM Community Service award
  • Symphony McDaniel, Order of Omega
  • Karli Moore, Order of Omega
  • Celeste Naranjo, Order of Omega
  • Shawna Nelson, 2011 UNM Advancing Our Community award
  • Shawna Nelson, 2011 UNM Community Service award
  • Shawna Nelson, 2012 UNM Community Service award
  • Kym Ortega, 2017 University of Arizona UFSC Chapter President of the Year
  • Symphony Oxendine, Oklahoma State University Greek Life Hall of Fame inductee
  • Ren Plunkett, Order of Omega
  • Xia Quamahongnewa, Order of Omega
  • Victoria Roanhorse, 2008 UNM Advancing Our Community award
  • Victoria Roanhorse, Order of Omega
  • Mariah Sampson, 2012-2013 UNCP Greek Life Chapter President of the Year
  • Carol Seanez, Order of Omega
  • Alexsandra Serrano, 2008 Emerging Lobo Award
  • Se’mana Seukteoma, 2006 Emerging Lobo Award
  • Se’mana Seukteoma, Order of Omega
  • Sasha Spencer, 2009 UNM Advancing Our Community Award
  • Crystal Switch, 2005 UNM Greek Woman of the Year
  • Niomi Tsingine, Order of Omega
  • Rochell Werito, 2009-2010 OSU MGC Member of the Year

Professional Award Winners


  • Mallory Buckley, 2010 Mvskoke Women’s Leadership Initiative College Student of the Year
  • Randi Byrd, 2016 Massey Award recipient
  • Sunshine Costanzo, 2011 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • Kristin Gentry, 2012 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Jamie Goins, 2011 University of North Carolina-Pembroke Outstanding Young Alumna
  • Amy Hertel, 2013 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • Jacqueline Holder, 2013 National Indian Education Association Parent of the Year
  • Teresa Jackson, 2012 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Teresa Jackson, 2014 OkAND Recognized Young Dietician of the Year
  • Teresa Jackson, 2014 Oklahoma State University CHS Rising Star Award
  • Tonia Jacobs, 2011 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2011 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2012 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2013 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2014 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2015 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2016 Native American Journalists Association award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2016 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2011 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2012 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton 2014 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2015 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists award winner
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, 2016 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists award winner
  • Kelsey Leonard, 2016 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Qua Lynch, 2011 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • Jessica Moore, 2009 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Symphony Oxendine, 2011 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • LeAnn Strickland, 2013 American Indian Women of Proud Nations “Woman to Watch”
  • Christina Theodorou, 2009 NCAIED 40 Under 40 List
  • Twauna Williams, 2016 NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma Award

Chapter Awards

Alpha
2008-2009 UNC-Chapel Hill Most Improved GPA, 2008-2009 UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Involvement Award, 2008-2009 UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter Progress Award, 2009-2010 GAC Chapter of the Year, 2009-2010 GAC Most Involved Chapter, 2009-2010 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year; 2011-2012 Busy Bees of the Year; 2011-2012 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year; 2012-2013 UNC-Chapel Hill Greek Unity Award; 2012-2013 UNC-Chapel Hill Betty Everett Community Service Award; UNC Top Chapter GPA Fall 2013; 2014-2015 UNC GAC Chapter of the Year; 2014-2015 Busy Bees of the Year
Beta
2006 Highest undergrad chapter GPA, 2009-2010 UNCP Highest Chapter GPA, Fall 2011 Hok Nosai top GPA, Spring 2012 Hok Nosai top GPA, 2011-2012 UNCP Most Improved Chapter, 2011-2012 UNCP Standards of Excellence for Recruitment and Integration of Sorority Values, Fall 2012 Hok Nosai top GPA, 2012-2013 UNCP Standard of Excellence for risk management; Spring 2013 Hok Nosai Top GPA; Fall 2013 Hok Nosai Top GPA; Spring 2014 Hok Nosai Top GPA; 2013-2014 Chapter Programming Event of the Year; 2015-2016 Chapter Programming Event of the Year; 2015-2016 Philanthropists of the Year
Gamma
2004 Top MGC Sorority, 2004 Chapter Busy Bees of the Year, 2004 Highest undergrad chapter GPA, 2005 Top OSU MGC Sorority, 2006 Top OSU MGC Sorority, 2008 Busy Bees of the Year, 2009 Highest undergrad chapter GPA, 2009 Top OSU MGC GPA, 2009-2010 MGC Chapter of the Year, 2010-2011 OSU MGC award for community service; 2010-2011 OSU MGC award for membership intake; 2011 OSU Homecoming Parade Marshal’s Cup; Fall 2014 Top OSU MGC GPA; Spring 2015 Top OSU MGC GPA; Spring 2016 Top OSU MGC GPA; 2016-2017 Busy Bees of the Year; 2016-2017 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year
Delta
2004 UNM Rising Star Award; 2004 UNM Five-star chapter; 2004 UNM Standard of Excellence for Academics, Community Service, Campus Involvement, Risk Management, Membership Development and Recruitment and Outreach; 2005 UNM Five-star chapter; 2005 UNM Standard of Excellence for Academics, Community Service, Campus Involvement, Risk Management and Membership Development; 2008 Four-star chapter; 2006 Busy Bees of the Year; 2008 Standard of Excellence for Recruitment Outreach, Campus Involvement, Community Service and Membership Development; 2008 Philanthropists of the Year; 2008 Busy Bees of the Year; 2009 Four-star chapter; 2009 Standard of Excellence for Community Service, Chapter Management, Cultural Enrichment and Membership Development; 2009 Philanthropists of the Year; 2011 UNM Four-star chapter; 2011 UNM Standard of Excellence for campus involvement, chapter management, membership development, risk management and recruitment and outreach; 2011 MGC Most Improved Chapter GPA; 2012 UNM Four-star chapter; 2012 UNM Standard of Excellence for cultural enrichment, campus involvement, chapter management, membership development, risk management and recruitment and outreach; 2012 Top Chapter GPA; 2016 UNM Three-star chapter; 2016-2017 UNM MGC Most Improved Chapter GPA
Epsilon
2008 Dartmouth College Top Native American student organization, 2009 Dartmouth College O’Connor Award, 2009 Order of Omega award for inclusivity, 2009-2010 Highest Chapter GPA; 2012-2013 Dartmouth College Academic Program Award; 2012-2013 Dartmouth College Inclusivity Program Award; 2012-2013 Dartmouth College Most Improved Chapter GPA; 2012-2013 Philanthropists of the Year; 2012-2013 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year; 2013-2014 Dartmouth College Inclusivity Program Award; 2013-2014 Dartmouth College Accountability Programming Award; 2013-2014 Dartmouth College Most Outstanding Native Organization; 2013-2014 Philanthropists of the Year; 2013-2014 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year; 2014-2015 Dartmouth College Accountability Programming of the Year; 2014-2015 Dartmouth College Most Improved GPA; 2014-2015 Highest Chapter GPA
Zeta
Fall 2013 UA Most Improved GPA; 2015-2016 UA Chapter of Achievement for wellness, chapter management and leadership and involvement
Eta
Fall 2008 Top NCSU Collaborative Greek Council GPA, Spring 2009 Top NCSU CGC GPA, Fall 2012 Top NCSU Multicultural Greek Council GPA, Fall 2012 Top NCSU Greek Life GPA; 2012-2013 Busy Bees of the Year; 2013-2014 NCSU Academic Programming Award; Spring 2016 Top NCSU Multicultural Greek Council GPA; Spring 2016 Top NCSU sorority GPA
Theta
2009 Top NSU MGC GPA; 2010-2011 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year
Iota
2008 ASU Risk Management award, 2008 ASU Recruitment and New Member Programming award, 2008 ASU Maroon Pillar, 2008 Top ASU MGC GPA, 2008 Highest undergrad chapter GPA, 2009 Busy Bees of the Year, Fall 2009 Top ASU MGC GPA, 2010 ASU Risk Management award, 2010 ASU Chapter Operations award, 2010 ASU Judicial award, 2010 ASU Chapter Education award, 2011 ASU Community Service award; 2015 Cal Seciwa Outstanding Student Event Award; Spring 2016 Top ASU MGC sorority GPA; 2015-2016 Top Chapter GPA; Fall 2016 Top ASU MGC GPA; 2016-2017 Top Chapter GPA
Kappa
2014-2015 Chapter Programming Event of the Year; 2014-2015 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year; 2016-2017 Chapter Programming Event of the Year
Lambda
Spring 2008 UW MGC Most Improved Chapter GPA, Fall 2008 UW MGC Most Improved Chapter GPA; 2013-2014 Top Chapter GPA
Mu
2015-2016 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year
Delta Pi
2009-2010 Graduate Chapter of the Year; 2010-2011 Graduate Chapter of the Year; 2010-2011 Busy Bees of the Year; 2011-2012 Graduate Chapter of the Year; 2012-2013 Graduate Chapter of the Year; 2013-2014 Professional Chapter of the Year; 2014-2015 Professional Chapter of the Year; 2015-2016 Busy Bees of the Year; 2015-2016 Professional Chapter of the Year
Theta Pi
2016-2017 Professional Chapter of the Year
Western Carolina Expansion Site
WCU Fall 2010 Top Chapter GPA; 2010-2011 Top Chapter GPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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