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Tomahawk. Chippewa Chapter (Iowa State University) records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/2/6

Scope and Content

This collection (1956-1984, undated) contains documents related to the activities of Tomahawk at Iowa State. These materials include meeting minutes, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings, as well as documents relating to the United Native American Student Association's (UNASA) charge of discrimination against the organization.

Dates

  • 1956-1984, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Chippewa Chapter of Tomahawk was organized in 1951 at Iowa State College (University). Tomahawk was an honorary organization dedicated to providing volunteer and service opportunities to independent sophomore students not already affiliated with a social fraternity or sorority. The first Tomahawk chapter was established at the University of Illinois in the early 1930s. The national Tomahawk organization was formed in 1946.



The Tomahawk chapter that formed at Iowa State was open to both men and women. The Iowa State chapter’s aim was to support other campus organizations or activities that needed service volunteers. Tomahawk organized its membership to aid the Ward System, Homecoming, VEISHEA, Freshman Registration, and other activities. Events conducted by Tomahawk included bi-weekly meetings, initiation ceremonies, a banquet, national conventions, picnics, and other social events.



In 1971, Tomahawk was charged with discrimination by the United Native American Student Association (UNASA) for perpetuating "racial overtones" and stereotypes of Native Americans. UNASA also objected to the Tomahawk organization’s use of Native American motifs and themes such as wearing red headbands, feathers, and a Native American hatchet around the neck during pledging. The name was changed to the ISU Couriers in 1983.

Extent

1.92 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 oversize box)

Abstract

The Chippewa Chapter of Tomahawk was organized in 1951 at Iowa State College (University). Tomahawk was an honorary organization dedicated to providing volunteer and service opportunities to sophomore residence hall students. The United Native American Student Association (UNASA) charged Tomahawk with discrimination in 1971 for perpetuating "racial overtones." The group was renamed the ISU Couriers in 1983. This collection contains governance documents, meeting minutes, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and documents relating to the UNASA's charge of discrimination against the organization.

Arrangement

The collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

RS 22/2. Iowa State University. Student Organizations - Honorary Fraternities and Recognition Societies records, 1924-2013

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 22/2/6. Tomahawk. Chippewa Chapter (Iowa State University) records, 1956-1984, undated
Date
April 12, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
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