Indiana: Support Groups
AACHE (Angola Area Christian Home Educators)
aacheinfo@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Northeast Indiana
Description: AACHE exists to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by - Helping new home schooling parents get started; Informing home schoolers about available resources and opportunities; Providing opportunities for home schoolers to encourage one another; Providing group learning opportunities; Informing home schoolers @ pertinent state and federal legislation; Representing the home schooling community in a way that honors Jesus Christ. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Requirements: Subscribe to the newsletter.
Benefits: Participation in activities
Cost: $12
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Abundant Life Homeschool Co-op
Buffy Harness
buffy@abundant-life-fellowship.org
812-597-4713
Geographic Area Serving: Morgan County, Indiana
Description: Weekly classes held at Abundant Life Fellowship in Morgantown, Indiana
Requirements: Parents are invited to participate in planning and teaching. Parents are required to supervise their own children and maintain Christian character during all activities/events.
Benefits: Planned Field Trips to areas of interest; Music Lessons available for fee.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Bloomington Area Christian Homeschoolers (BACH)
Mendy Erwin
btonhomeschool@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Bloomington and surrounding areas, Indiana
Description: BACH is a Christ-centered support group for Christian homeschooling families in the Bloomington, Indiana community (including Monroe County and the surrounding area). This group is very casual (run solely by volunteers), and we like to focus on having friends for our kids to play with on a regular basis. We are committed to joyfully supporting, assisting and encouraging one another to nurture spiritual, social and academic growth in our children.
Requirements: Please uphold Christian values and use conduct that is pleasing to God when dealing with one another.
Benefits: Members are welcome to attend various "socialization" activities and fun get-togethers with your family. BACH offers various things including (but not limited to) weekly park days, monthly field trips, and monthly moms' meetings/nights out. Members are free to share any ideas for, and/or set up, field trips, play dates, or just time to get together, interact, and fellowship with others who have much in common.
Cost: None
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Brightstars
Cindy Howard
cindy_howard@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Hendricks County, Indiana and surrounding area
Description: Brightstars is a casual, informal, secular group that has weekly meetings aroud Hendricks County, Indiana. If you Homeschool in or around Hendricks Co, Indiana, please join us! Our meetings are kid-directed and consist of social time for our multi-aged group. During warm months, we meet at parks around Hendricks County. Winter will find us at the Unitarian Church in Danville. In addition to our meetings, the yahoo group offers tons of educational links and files, and also information on other activities for Homeschoolers in the area. Our members are some of the most supportive families you will have ever met! We hope to have helpful information, ideas to share, warm hearts, shoulders to lean on, and many friends to help us make our children the "Brightest Stars" to shine in our lives.
Requirements: We have no specific requirements and we welcome all ages, races, religions, orientations, and homeschooling philosphies.
Benefits: Social time for the kids AND for the parents.
Cost: None
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Catholic Home Schoolers of Michiana
Monica Ladwig
mladwig@usa.net
574-247-0105
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Indiana
Description: Our support group centers around our Catholic faith. We get together to celebrate feasts of the Church year--Christmas, Easter, Marian feast days, St. Valentine's Day, All Saints' Day, etc. We have a Little Flower's girls' group and hook into Opus Dei activities for boys and girls in middle school/junior high as well as high school. Field trips are planned as moms see the need. We correspond with one another through our yahoogroup. We have approximately 40 families in the group, with children ranging in age from birth through high school.
Requirements: The only requirement is to pay the yearly dues.
Benefits: Connecting with other Catholic home school families in our area.
Cost: $15 yearly per family
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Classical Foundations for Christ
L. Harris
Geographic Area Serving: northern Morgan County
Description: This is a support and/or discussion group in Indiana Region 6 for homeschooling parents of Elementary children and their families. Workshops, Play dates and / or weekend co-ops for elementary classes are possibilities for our Morgan County area homeschoolers. Joining organizations together such as the local Boy Scout program is another goal as well as needing someone to lead a 4-H unit that supports homeschool northern Morgan County. When registering, please indicate whether you live in region 6 of Indiana and share a little about your location (not specifics - for privacy protection) and the areas of interest and age group of children. Membership is not allowed for solicitation purposes. Members of this group are devout Christians in Central Indiana who are interested in the classical model of education including Latin instruction, classical readings, Trivium framework of education, Charlotte Mason techniques and their combination. Favorite curriculum of families interested in this group might be: Heart of Dakota, My Father's World, Memoria Press, Well Trained Mind, Latina Christiana, Classical Conversations, etc.
Requirements: Members of this group are devout Christians in Central Indiana who are interested in the classical model of education.
Benefits: Our group homepage has links to documents and papers written for workshops I've presented over the years of serving the public and home school families. If you reside outside the geographic area, you may communicate via the group's message board.
Cost: None
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Fort Wayne Area Home Schools - FWAHS
Brian & Barb Powers
info@fwahs.org
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Description: FWAHS exits to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by: Helping new home schooling parents get started Informing home schoolers about available resources. Providing opportunities for homeschoolers to meet and encourage one another. Monitoring the legislature and passing along pertinent information to the homeschool network. Encouraging parents to " train up their children in the way they should go" (Prov. 22:6) Encouraging excellence in individual homeschools.
Requirements: Subscription to the Homemade News is required to participate in testing and graduation. All other activities are open to all homeschoolers.
Benefits: FWAHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, hosts an annual resource expo and provides various opportunities for homeschoolers to meet and encourage one another.
Cost: None
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Free Your Mind Homeschool Co-op
Amy Hoerner
twomomsof4boys@yahoo.com
317-862-3782
Geographic Area Serving: South Side of Indianapolis to Franklin, Indiana
Description: We are an inclusive homeschool group that welcomes families from all beliefs and non-beliefs. We have families from all lifestyles and walks of life. We believe our differences are what makes us special and that we can learn from each other. We meet once a week on different days and times depending on the activity. We have classes, field trips, social gatherings and parties. We are a fun group that is always looking to meet new people.
Requirements: We only ask that you enjoy the activities and keep your children supervised. We appreciate all help, but it is not required to join the group.
Benefits: We have planned field trips, group parties, fun classes, and great parental support.
Cost: None
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Greater Lafayette Home Educators' Association (GLHEA)
Jeff & Lori Walters
walters.jl@juno.com
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Lafayette area, Indiana
Description: GLHEA is a Christian organization with Christian leadership. GLHEA exists to provide information for ALL families interested in home education, to facilitate communication among homeschoolers in the area, and to organize specific activities for these homeschoolers.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Discount to a Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership. 6 issues of Home Sweet School newsletter. Educator's discounts to Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks, and JoAnn Fabrics. Joint membership to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Titus 2/ Moms' Night Out Meetings- held during the school year to encourage, educate, and edify the homeschooling moms in this area. A website full of news, updates, classified ads, personal webpages for families, and much more. Group achievement testing. Weekly email updates to keep you abreast of new developments!
Cost: $10 to $20 yearly
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Growing Richer As Christ Enables (GRACE)
Jewell Seprodi
jseprodi@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Sullivan, Greene County, Indiana
Description: We are a Christian based support group. We meet each thursday from 1-3pm in Linton, IN.. We have about 40 families involved and we have a gym time, we offer field trips, special classes. We have all ages of children. We also have just started a Co-op that meets on Thurs. mornings at a different location in Linton, IN that has a variety of classes for all ages of children that is separate from the main group but supported.
Requirements: We ask that each member be involved in at least helping with 2 events or activities during the year. You must be a member to receive our monthly newsletter and be able to take part in the various field trips and activities that we offer throughout the year. This does not include the requirements that are expected if you take part in the Co-op that meets weekly for classes in 2 semesters.
Benefits: Monthly newsletter, book- it Pizza Program, ability to be involved in any or all field trips, activities, and classes that we may lead
Cost: $15 yearly
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HEART (Home Educators Applying Righteous Truth)
Valerie Martin
hearthomeschoolsupport@hotmail.com
260-747-8656
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Description: HEART was formed to provide information & support to home schooling families. HEART (Home Educators Applying Righteous Truth) is here to encourage and support the raising of a mighty Christ-like generation of a wise and Godly people. "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." -Deuteronomy 6:7
Requirements: HEART’s Statement of Faith We believe (as FWAHS promotes) in the eternally-existing triune God; man's sinful nature and need for redemption; and Jesus Christ's atoning death and resurrection. We believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and that it is the foundation upon which all education should be based (Jeremiah 10:2, Joshua 1:8, II Timothy 3:16, Colossians 2:8, James 1:5, and Deuteronomy 6:6-9). No denomination or individual doctrine will be promoted.
Benefits: Group activities include such things as monthly meetings, field trips, Mom's and Couples Night Out, a spring play, lending library, swim days, park days, Scholastic Book Club, Pizza Hut "Book It", activities aimed for the whole family, and a web site.
Cost: $10 yearly
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HEARTH Christian Homeschool Group
Amy Summers
summerz1@insightbb.com
Geographic Area Serving: Bloomington, Indiana
Description: We are a Christian Homeschool Support Group. We offer monthly activities throughout the school year, including: field trips, Mom's meetings, educational activities and more. Ages range from preschool through high school.
Requirements: Members are required to sign a statement of faith.
Benefits: We offer field trips, support, resources, and more!
Cost: $10 yearly
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Home Learning News
Kristi Reddington
minxy@core.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Indiana
Description: This is an online group. We do not have formal meetings. It is to provide information to homeschoolers and homelearners about any area activities, events, classes, groups, lessons -anything of benefit or good interest to homeschoolers. We have information about free curriculum and learning aids available online, by mail, or locally. We also like reviews and news of materials that aren't free. We have lesson plan and unit study info. We do our best to answer questions of new homeschoolers. We try to cover all ages and many interests.
Requirements: No requirements other than to follow normal posting and conversation guidelines
Benefits: We only physically get together with each other if it is brought about by members on their own. There are no physical meetings regularly planned or mandatory.
Cost: None
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Home School in Southern Indiana and Kentucky
Rita Ann
Homeschool-in-southern-indiana-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Southern Indiana and Kentucky
Description: Home School in Southern Indiana and Kentucky is for home school families in all southern Indiana, and Kentucky, including but not limited to Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Posey County, New Harmony, Mt. Vernon, Newburg, Spencer County, Gibson County, Owensboro and Henderson, Kentucky. We share upcoming events, home school ideas, home schooling teens, laws, conferences, and website relevant to home schooling.
Requirements: There are no formal requirements, though we do require a response form with personal information before acceptance into the support group. This is for the safety and privacy of the other members in the group.
Benefits: Online support from other families 24/7 who know and understand the demands of the home educating lifestyle.
Cost: None
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Homeschool HUB
Kathy J.
homeschoolhub@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Michiana, N. Indiana & SW Michigan
Description: We are a non-profit organization that provides a communication network for homeschooling families. We are an inclusive group; our goal is to provide opportunities for all homeschoolers to share educational resources and knowledge, and to enjoy each other's company in enriching group activities.
Requirements: We ask members to offer help in any way he/she feels led to help, whether it is organizing a field trip, class, fundraiser, etc., helping on work days or volunteering in a variety of other ways.
Benefits: Member benefits include such things as: a monthly newsletter; discounts on HUB sponsored events, workshops and activities; advance notice of such events before the entire homeschool community gets notice; use of our lending resource library, and more.
Cost: $25 yearly
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Homeshooling in LaPorte Cty
Danielle Lucas
lcsjam@comcast.net
219-879-8453
Geographic Area Serving: Michigan City, Indiana
Description: This is a new support group for home schoolers. We will meet on a weekly basis. Meeting days will be Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. This will be open to all home schoolers and children of any age.
Requirements: Regular attendance is requested but not required.
Benefits: There will be a weekly newsletter as well as planned field trips, arts and crafts, discussion group and other activities!
Cost: $25 yearly to cover supplies
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Illiana Homeschool Society
Donna Keeble
donnakeeble@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: NW Indiana and NE Illinois
Description: We are a group of homeschool families in NW IN and NE IL joining together to promote socialization and education. We welcome ALL families. Families who are currently homeschoolers, after-schoolers, and thinking about homeschooling are all welcome to join.
Requirements: None
Benefits: We exist as an email group with no fees, fundraising, or required meetings. Members can plan or attend activities as suits their interests or needs. We have park days, field trips, archery classes, access to roller skating classes, community service projects, and any other programming a member family would like to initiate. Field trips have included: apple orchard, candy factory, globe factory, Dairy Queen, post office, planetarium, enviro-room, maple syrup festival, and bowling.
Cost: None
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IndianaHomeschoolers
Ben Bennett
webservices@ihen.org
Geographic Area Serving: State of Indiana
Description: IndianaHomeschoolers is a statewide networking and discussion list. With over 600 subscribers as of 8/04, IndianaHomeschoolers is the largest discussion list of its kind in the state of Indiana. IndianaHomeschoolers is an e-mail list based networking community for all homeschoolers in the state of Indiana. Just thinking about homeschooling? IndianaHomeschoolers is THE place to ask questions and receive support. IndianaHomeschoolers is part of the Indiana Home Educators’ Network Web Project and was created to help link parents who homeschool or are thinking of homeschooling, and provide information about support groups, activities, legal issues, and homeschooling news statewide and nationally. IndianaHomeschoolers is an inclusive, open and professionally managed discussion list, open to parents of any religious belief or none, and any style of homeschooling. All are welcome! Also, check out our exclusive directory of homeschooling resources by county!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information about support groups, activities, legal issues, and homeschooling news statewide and nationally
Cost: None, Donations accepted
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LaGrange County Homeschool Group (NE INDIANA LIFE)
Ann Kerchner
hoosiermom@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: LaGrange County and surrounding areas, Indiana
Description: This group is for all homeschooling families and those considering homeschooling in LaGrange County, Indiana and the surrounding areas. We welcome all homeschoolers without regard to religious, educational, or political philosophy and encourage questions and suggestions on anything homeschooling-related.This is an informal, member directed group with no membership fees and depends on the active involvement of its members. Members are encouraged to use this list for general homeschool discussions, sharing ideas and support, coordinating activities and field trips, and sharing information about local upcoming events, activities, and concerns in our area that homeschoolers might be interested in.
Requirements: To join the Yahoo group, send a blank email to NE_Indiana_LIFE-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Benefits: Please join with us and help make LaGrange County and the surrounding areas a great place for homeschooling!
Cost: None
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LaPorte County Christian Homeschool Association
Maryanne Garon
maryannegaron@sbcglobal.net
Geographic Area Serving: LaPorte/Michigan City, Indiana
Description: LPCCHSA is a nondenominational Christian homeschooling group consisting of families from diverse doctrinal positions. Our purpose is to glorify God as a home educators' support group. Standing together, we will provide support, encouragement, exchange of ideas and resources as we educate our children at home without government intervention, oversight or control. We will also facilitate activities that would otherwise not be practical or possible for individual home educated families in which members may participate at their own discretion.
Requirements: Yearly dues are our only requirement. Participation is at member families' discretion.
Benefits: LPCCHSA has a monthly newsletter, monthly field trips, spelling bee, periodic holiday parties, monthly swim/gym and roller skating. We also sponsor a science fair and many other events throughout the year.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Life Learning Cooperative
Dee Martiin
mayhem5@softhome.net
765-747-4962
Geographic Area Serving: We serve families all over East Central Indiana. Anderson, Lapel, Pendleton, Fishers, Muncie, Yorktown, Alexandria and Noblesville.
Description: Life Learning Cooperative (LLC) offers a range of age-appropriate classes and activities for preschool through high school aged students. Our high school classes can be used for credit. We also offer organized picnics and play dates through the summer as well as class and group field trips. Please inquire about our membership pricing. We are member led and organized by an elected steering committee of parents committed to supporting and encouraging life long learning for all of its members. LLC meets on Fridays beginning in September and ending in April at First Baptist Church, 907 N. Raible, Anderson. For more information we can be contacted at lifelearningcoop@gmail.com.
Requirements: While not requiring new members to sign a statement of faith, our classes and curriculum are faith based and reflect a Christian world view.
Benefits: We are a caring, friendly, upbeat group of families who are not affiliated with a particular denomination while choosing to raise and educate our children on faith-based principles.
Cost: $40/family 1st semester and $20/family 2nd semester
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Life Learning Cooperative Inc.
Tina Reif
creif1@yahoo.com
Monica Meadows
mnm508@comcast.net
Geographic Area Serving: Anderson, Indiana
Description: Life Learning Cooperative Inc. is comprised of a steering committee and homeschool family members who work together to provide cooperative learning experiences centered around LIFE Learning Center in Anderson. Each year a four person steering committee is elected to lead the group and serves for a two year overlapping schedule. We are member led, democratic, inclusive, non-discriminatory, and multi-cultural. We exist to outreach to homeschoolers in our geographic region and to offer quality support and activities for area homeschoolers.
Requirements: All Parents are expected to contribute to the group's functioning by either serving on a steering committee, organizing activities, teaching classes, and through their financial support of our programming.
Benefits: We have a parent night on the first Thursday of each month, weekly co-op classes, a chess club, Thespians Teen Drama Group, a Teen Club, weekly swimming, science fair, geography fair, spelling bee, field trips, park days, a directory, special events, age related groups. We have approximately 65 families with over 100 children ages 18 and under. We also have a homeschool resource room for curriculum, textbooks, used book sale., etc.
Cost: $40.00 per family - First Semester - Subject to change
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Live and Learn Fort Wayne
Susan Penrod
Susanspo@earthlink.net
260-637-5707
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne & surrounding areas, Indiana
Description: Live and Learn is an inclusive group, welcoming homeschoolers of all schooling styles, ages, and faiths. We value diversity! Support meetings for parents are held once a month; children are welcome. Monthly activities for kids are also held, as are occasional field trips.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support meetings, activities for children, field trips and e-list discussions
Cost: None
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South Central Indiana Home Educators (SCIHE)
Amy
amy@scihe.org
Geographic Area Serving: Columbus, Indiana
Description: We are an inclusive, Christian group in the Columbus, Indiana, area. This would include the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, & Shelby Counties. We have monthly Moms' Meeting, yearly business meetings (for parents), CHANGE: strings, band, choir, & handbells that meet weekly, and many other educational & fun things for homeschool families.
Requirements: We have a Statement of Faith that you need to agree with and then sign.
Benefits: We have monthly newsletters, a website, and field trips.
Cost: $20 yearly
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Steuben Home Educators
Jill Noyes
beannoyes@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Steuben, DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange Counties
Description: Anyone who is homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling in Northwest Indiana is welcome in Steuben Home Educators. It is an idea, activity and resource sharing group.
Requirements: None. This is a "stone soup" group where everyone contributes ideas, information and plans activities.
Benefits: Sharing resources, ideas and activities
Cost: None
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Sullivan County Christian Home Educators
Jewell Seprodi
Jseprodi@aol.com
812-236-4974
Geographic Area Serving: Sullivan County and Surrouding areas
Description: We are a Faith Based Support Group that meets on Thursdays at 2:30- 4pm at Sullivan First Christian Church at "the Gathering Place.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Enrichement classes, Gym Time, Field Trips and Mom's Night out each month. Family Friendly!
Cost: None
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TEAM Southwest Homeschoolers
Heather Rosbrugh
admin@teamhomeschool.net
260-436-3022
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Description: Together, Educating And Mentoring (TEAM) Southwest is a group of home schooling families whose purpose is to provide mutual fellowship, support and education to other home schooling families in the area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.We offer monthly gatherings, field trips, Moms Night Out and Fellowship, free gym time at area churches, and a children's playgroup.
Requirements: TEAM is an inclusive group open to all homeschoolers.
Benefits: TEAM plans monthly field trips, Kids Day out events, Mom's fellowship nights, Mom's night out, and Kids community involvement opportunities like Kids mission service events. We have a website for up to date information on homeschooler events, resources and opportunities as well as a monthly mailed newsletter.
Cost: $5 yearly
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The Northside Newsletter
Bernie Haddad
northsidehomeschooler@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Indianapolis, Indiana
Description: This is a newsletter for homeschool families in the Indianapolis area. The newsletter is primarily geared towards families on the northside of Indianapolis (Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, etc...) but has information that all can use
Requirements: None
Benefits: The benefits are limitless. Tons of information and it is free.
Cost: None
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Wabash Valley Homeschool Association
Barb Palmer
lbpalmer7us@yahoo.com
812-466-9467
Meg Leader
megleader@juno.com
812-877-0601
Geographic Area Serving: Terre Haute, Indiana
Description: We are an eclectic group encompassing very different backgrounds and teaching styles. We meet nearly twice a week (Mondays and Fridays generally) for gym time, some organized activities, group field trips and parties. On one Friday afternoon a month we sponsor homeschool bowling for any homeschooler who wants to come.
Requirements: We have no requirements for membership. Some of our members are active, while others will only come to a couple of activities during the year. We are a secular group and welcome members from all walks of life.
Benefits: In addition to regular activities, we usually have parties for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter. We often go to a pumpkin farm in October and have a science fair and talent show sometime in the spring. Other field trips and activities are planned when there is interest.
Cost: None
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Wea Indian Tribe of Indiana
Betty Stuff
weastrong@sbcglobal.net
765-832-1904
Geographic Area Serving: Clinton, Indiana
Description: Our structure is formed as a Traditional Tribe but we are also formed as a non profit corporation. We have a Tribal Council and meet every 4 months for a general meeting and also meet once a year for a tribal gathering of all our members. Chief Stuff sits on the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission that addresses the many concerns of the Indian community in Indiana.
Requirements: Our membership is open to all Wea Indian descendants.
Benefits: Our Tribe supports education of our history, culture and traditions to all concerned parties. We work with the area universities to further Indian education and have held and attended seminars at various colleges, schools K-12 and Universities. We have a tribal newsletter that goes out twice a year. We have recouped our traditional language and have attend language camps. We have an educational packet that is disseminated to area schools and interested parties on our history, culture and traditions. Our website is available for the public to view some of our history and background.
Cost: None
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