Giving Back: Murrow Indian Children’s Home Needing Assistance

I get mentally stuck sometimes, and frustrated, when I think of the disparity rates in the communities I serve. I’m Cherokee and Kiowa. I live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and work for Indian Child Welfare. I’ve worked my entire career serving Native communities, working diligently to correct the disparity rates, and every time I see a Native person walking down the street strung out on meth, fidgeting and impulsively picking at their skin (the telltale signs of meth addiction), it breaks my heart. I get frustrated at the disparity rates among Native Americans and see first hand the negative impacts caused by historical trauma.

There is one way to change the disparity rates and that’s by giving to a well vetted Native organization, like the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Oklahoma. It’s more commonly called the Murrow Home for us locals. They provide care for Native children and are currently in need of specific items. Below you’ll find a link to their official Facebook page:

We all want to help and often we don’t know how. While I’ve dedicated my career to working with Native youth, many of us have occupations outside this field but equally want to contribute. My recommendation is to go through the process of vetting Native organizations. Don’t wait for a Native person to do so. It can be frustrating for people of color to always have to do the leg work. If I can care enough about Native people that I’ll do the work to track down organizations and talk to employees from specific organizations, then I expect anyone could do the same. Not to be harsh, but people of color are not slaves to someone else’s enlightenment. Although, when I see a Native organization sending out a call, like the one on the Facebook page above, I’ll go out of my way to help them meet their needs.

If you’d like to know more about the Murrow Indian Children’s Home here is a link to their website: The Murrow Home. Also, here is a link to their amazon wish list page: Amazon Smile Murrow Home. Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the history of The Murrow Home here is an article: Cherokee Phoenix Article on The Murrow Home.

I started my career working with a Native group home so my heart is close to helping children in those troubling circumstances. I know what it’s like to mentor youth who need stability and safety in their lives, who need a strong role model. The Murrow Home is a rare group home that works specifically with Native youth, including Cherokee children from tribally specific Cherokee communities. If you’re in a position to give back, please do so by reaching out to The Murrow Home directly or following one the links above.

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  1. Along with love and prayers I have questions. I looked at their site and wondered why the Baptist Church is involved in giving them the teachings of Jesus but haven’t provided these basic necessities. Years ago I participated in shoebox donations for African children through the Baptist Church here in Canada although not a Baptist myself. Also, why was so much money raised to renovate cottages for foster parents but the children themselves are lacking basic necessities of hygiene etc? This needs to be investigated by an independent Native organization. Canada has a horrendous history of Government and Church involvement in the mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and even deaths of First Nations children here and are in a long process of Reconciliation. I am an old white woman now but have had several past lives as a member of First Nations throughout the Americas. All children everywhere are God’s gift to this planet. 💕✨

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  2. What you say is very true. I am fascinated by your writing and what you have to say. It saddens me greatly that this children’s home is lacking some of the most basic items necessary for a decnet life. I live in London and the situation is not quite the same here, though our childrens home also have enormous problems. Wha little I know is from children who spent time in them and absconding from them. I feel tha tthe best I can do is is to help my local charities in the hope that other people folllow suit and “pass it on”. Not practical for you – we can all do more – but maybe more people will be inspired to help.

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  3. I agree… those of us who have alittle extra that we can give to help our Native American friends should take the time to investigate the legitimate places where our dollars can be put to the intended use – helping the children and families with food, clothing, schooling, and other basic needs. I give to “Running Strong for American Indian Youth” and to St. Labre’ School and to St. Joseph’s School. Also to Intermountain, a program that helps children in dire need regardless of ethnicity. There are more places to give than I can count. But, I say with you, “Research it. Choose a place… and JUST GIVE!” Thanks you for your blog, Oscar. I hope some who are not yet giving will be inspired by it to reach out and help.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Sounds like you’ve given to some great organizations over the years. I agree. It’s very important to properly vet any organization to make sure they are legit and will help the intended communities. I appreciate your voice and your contributions to Native communities.

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  4. Thanks for the link. Donation done and made.

    The reality is that most people simply won’t usually make the efforts you describe to vet international organizations, and we each have our own personal causes, whether others like that or not. Therefore it’s nice if a trusted blogger (like you) whose work we respect shares links to the causes that are important to them. Especially so coincidentally timed (in my case :))!

    Truth be told, if you had never liked or followed my blog I would not have known about you or this organization since I’m usually not the one to reach out first… a general unwritten rule I follow since I worry about the ethics of inadvertently “inflicting” my second-person poetry on fellow bloggers. ;))

    But I’m very glad you did, since I love your content. Thanks for your wonderful writing and for sharing your strong points of view, which are always a blessing to read.

    As a white gal I’m always making blunders and I feel terrible about that. But I keep trying in my own imperfect way to do the right thing, as far as my capabilities and levels of awareness allow.

    Thanks again for making it easier, Oscar! :))

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    1. Thank you, Lia. I appreciate your contribution and I’m sure The Murrow Home does as well. Cherokee children will be directly impacted with your help. You’re right that it’s important for those of us working on the front lines to let folks know about these organizations. I’m happy to do so. I always appreciate your voice and I look forward to speaking with you again.

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