The Daughters of the American Revolution have long had an interest in supporting Native American communities. The DAR American Indians Committee, established in 1936, provides financial assistance and educational aid to Native American youth through support of several schools and with a scholarship program.
Pasadena’s Martin Severance DAR Chapter member Bonnie Lingle, a quilter, has taken a personal approach — by donating handmade quilts to Native American communities.
Lingle has made and donated more than 100 quilts to the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and to the Rocky Boys Reservation in Montana.
In September, Lingle gave Gage Hewes, vice regent of Martin Severance Chapter, two quilts, and while Hewes was on a tour of National Parks she was able to personally give the quilts to Xaviera Jackson, who lives in Monument Valley on the Navajo reservation. Jackson, whose grandfather was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII, has two young children and makes her living selling jewelry to Monument Valley tourists.
For more information about Martin Severance Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution or how to become a member of DAR, contact Phyllis Lynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.