NATIVE WOMEN'S COOPERATIVE PROJECT
History, Activities, Plans
The Native Women's Cooperative Project began in 1996 as an informal
grassroots organization for mutual support among native women in Oklahoma.
Based in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, NWCP developed a microlending
program to meet personal financial needs of members and their families. Our
volunteer co-directors had worked to sell Cherokee artifacts in various settings
over the years and broadening the market for such items is one of our goals..
Members of the Native Women's Cooperative Project accept Creative Partnership
Award from RDLN
Mountain Windsong Photos
Evelyn Conley, Co-coordinator of the Native Women's Cooperative
Project, was previously owner of the Mountain Windsong store, which sold items
made by Cherokee artisans
NWCP received an early planning grant from the Eagle Staff Fund. More recently,
we have been awarded a grant from the Campaign for Human Development to investigate
the feasibility of reviving a weaving cooperative (Sequoyah Weavers Guild),
which will encourage elderly weavers to train young people and will work to
find new markets. We believe this craft, deserves the same high status as
Cherokee basketmakers now hold.