Alpha Pi Omega sorority was established on Sept. 1, 1994, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the first historically American Indian sorority, Alpha Pi Omega was founded by four college women, known by the sorority as the Four Winds: Jamie Goins (Lumbee), Shannon Brayboy (Lumbee), Christina Strickland (Lumbee), and Amy Locklear (Lumbee/Coharie). In October of that same year, the Four Winds presented their idea of starting a sorority based on Native American traditions to elder women representing different Native tribes in North Carolina. With their blessings, the Four Winds continued on their mission of creating a strong sisterhood among Native college women.


“My Sister As Myself”


The mission of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. is to create a strong sisterhood that will serve as a support for college women in today’s society. The sisterhood shall support its members in their individual journeys towards a balanced life. The Alpha Pi Omega woman will always strive for greater scholarship, honesty, leadership, service, and personal integrity. The Sorority will work to preserve our Native American traditions, for, through celebration and practice of our cultural and spiritual heritage, we become one with each other.

Founding Principles


Supporting self-renewal through continuous education

Contemporary Issues

Addressing critical issues facing our Native communities and society at large


Respecting Native American traditions


Honoring the Creator