The Riverside Township is proud to announce that a Grant in the amount of $2,000 has been awarded to the Prarie Trail Federation.
Awarded on January 19, 2019, the Prarie Trail Federation plans to use the funds to support the Kee Wah Sheena (boys) and Kachina (girls) tribes, which include many families in Riverside Township. The grant would support the Prairie Trail Federation in achieving its mission and allow support of families in financial need. The grant money would be used by the 2 aforementioned tribes to provide scholarships for families not able to afford dues. Funds would also be used to partially fund Scout Cabin rentals in Riverside and tribe meeting activities. The Kee Wah Sheena tribe currently has a membership of 81 individuals, 71 of whom are Township residents. The Kachina tribe has a membership of 106 individuals, 97 of whom are township residents.
The Indian Guides were originally organized in 1926 by Harold Keltner, Executive Director of the St. Louis YMCA, inspired by his good friend and hunting & fishing guide named Joe Friday. Keltner designed a father-son program based upon the qualities of Native American culture and life. After World War II, the baby boom, and the rise of large families created a need to incorporate daughter into the program and thus the Indian Princesses were born. While many things have changed in the 80+ years since Keltner’s idea began to take root, the need for a bond between Father and Child has not. The Indian Guides and Indian Princesses Programs of the Prairie Trail Federation are about forging that bond between Father and Child. Participation in the program affords us a chance to slow down and savor a little of that which we are missing: quality time spent with one’s children.
About the Prarie Trail Federation
The mission of the Prairie Trail Federation: Indian Guides, Princesses & Trailblazers, is to forge ties between Father and Child. The Father/Child relationship is solidified through participation in charitable causes and community programs. The non-profit organization as a whole consists of 3,000+ members across 92 tribes; these tribes are geographically broken up based on school districts. Two of those tribes are the Kachina and Kee Wah Sheena tribes, both of which source their members from schools within Riverside Township’s boundaries.