Who We Are

Native Sons & Daughters is a national parent child program, designed specifically for one-on-one parent child interaction within a group setting. Crooked River Native Sons & Daughters is a local program with over 90 families serving Olmsted Falls, Berea, Strongsville, Columbia Station, Middleburg Heights, Brunswick and Medina. Programs are designed for parents and children, ages 5 and up.  View our membership flyer
Any family and child can join at anytime during the year.  If you would like more information, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and officer will get back to you within the week. You can also find more information at our National Longhouse page.  


History of Native Sons & Daughters

The national Native Sons and Daughters Program is a decendent program of the original Native American Indian theme parent-child program, known as Indian Guides and Indian Princesses, founded in 1926. This original program was borne of an idea of Harold Keltner, then a St.Louis YMCA Director, and Keltner’s guide and friend, Joe Friday, an Ojibway Indian.

The Native Sons and Daughters Program, independently founded in 2002, continues the tradition that began so many years ago. The Keltner and Friday families officially support the Native Sons and Daughters Program.

This nationally acclaimed program is unique– because, unlike most youth programs, parents participate WITH their children in every activity!

The Native Sons and Daughters Program focuses on building and expanding the one-on-one parent/child relationship. Many activities are tailored to children ages 5 to 12 and are centered around a Native American theme. There are also activities tailored to older children, as they graduate into the Pathfinders program at grade 5.


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      Longhouse Meetings are open to all Members of the Crooked River Longhouse to come and hear updates and offer their input on agenda items.   Longhouse meetings occur on the first Monday of every month at 7pm at Buffalo Wild Wings on Pearl Rd. in Strongsville.  Please check the calendar in case of a date change.