“Every society needs educated people, but the primary responsibility of educated people is to bring wisdom back into the community and make it available to others so that the lives they are leading make sense.”  

– Vine Deloria, Jr, Oglala Sioux

Education is often taken for granted. Sally Ann Ross was not so fortunate. Forced to drop out of school in the 3rd grade, work at home to help her mother raise her siblings and earn money, Sally lived with the shame of barely knowing how to read or write, but used pure grit and determination to move forward. Later, Ms Ross, an extreme introvert, married a military man and raised 3 children and eventually her own sister. Sally Ann’s story continues today as one of success; she traveled the world (thanks to the military), she raised children, managed the family finances (quite successfully) and settled in the Pacific Northwest near her daughter Nancy Papineau. Imagine what else Sally Ann Ross could have achieved had she not have been robbed one of our most taken for granted assets – education.

We are sharing the gift of education to future generations while honoring Sally and Nancy’s Cherokee heritage.