- Since 1899 -
EUCHEE BUTTERFLY FARM
Home of the Natives Raising Natives Project
NATIVE PEOPLE RAISING NATIVE BUTTERFLIES
Nestled between the sandy shores of the Arkansas River and the wild backwoods of Concharty Mountain, lies the Euchee Butterfly Farm. This land was originally deeded to Neosho Parthenia Brown, a 16-year woman of Euchee and Creek descent, by the United States Government in 1899 as a part of the dissolution of Indian Territory (now called Oklahoma) where her people had made their home since forced relocation during the 1830s from their traditional homelands in Alabama and Georgia.
Today, under the direction of Neosho’s great-granddaughter, this land is being used to create economic self-sufficiency for Muscogee (Creek) citizens through the Natives Raising Natives Project and build awareness of the need butterfly conservation.
Natives Raising Natives is a unique conservation initiative creating sustainable economic development for tribal people
All butterflies at the Euchee Butterfly Farm are raised by the Natives Raising Natives Project, which provides tribal members from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation with the necessary training, supplies and technical support to become butterfly farmers.
The Natives Raising Natives Project has three goals:
Create sustainable economic development for Native people in rural Oklahoma
Provide a hands-on science learning opportunity for Native youth to boost STEM skills
Raise awareness of the need to conserve ecosystems that support native butterflies and other threatened pollinators.
Natives Raising Natives was founded in 2013 and is the only tribal butterfly farming program in the United States.