Alpha Pi Omega

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Alpha Pi Omega
FoundedSeptember 1, 1994; 24 years ago (1994-09-01)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
ColorsFire Red, New Grass Green and Maize Yellow
SymbolQueen bee

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. (ΑΠΩ) is the oldest historically American Indian sorority. It is also the largest Native American Greek letter organization, with 21 chapters across seven states and the District of Columbia.


Alpha Pi Omega Sorority was founded on Sept. 1, 1994 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill by four Native women. The founders, now known to the membership as the Four Winds, are Shannon Brayboy, Jamie Goins, Amy Locklear and Christie Strickland.

With more than 100 tribes represented, the sorority has more than 800 sisters nationwide.

Founding principles[edit]

The sorority's founding principles are traditionalism, spirituality, education and contemporary issues.


Interested women may join at the undergraduate or post-undergraduate level. Collegiate women must have completed at least one full-time academic term, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and no previous affiliation to any social sorority. Women interested joining a professional chapter must have completed a bachelor's degree or higher and have no previous affiliation to any social sorority.


Nationally, the sorority is governed by a 13-member board known as the Grand Keepers of the Circle. Grand Keepers are elected to two-year terms and meet bi-monthly.


Provisional chapters and additional honey process sites[edit]

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