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The History of Improved Order of Red Men
 
 
 
  The ORDER OF RED MEN traces its origin to certain Patriotic Societies founded before the American Revolution. They were established to promote LIBERTY and defy the tyranny of the English Crown. Among the early groups were THE SONS OF LIBERTY, SONS OF TAMINA and the RED MEN.
  On December 16, 1773, a group of men, all members of the Sons of Liberty, met in Boston to protest the TAX ON TEA imposed by England. When their protest went unheeded, they disguised themselves as MOHAWK INDIANS, proceded to Boston harbor and dumped overboard 342 chests of English tea.
  During the Revolutionary War, members of secret societies quenched their council fires and took up muskets to join with the Continental Army. To the cause of FREEDOM and LIBERTY, they pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honors. At the end of the hard fought war,the AMERICAN REPUBLIC was born and was soon acknowledged among the Nations of the world.
  Following the Revolution the various secret societies founed before and during the conflict continued in existence as brotherhoods or fraternities.
  For the next 35 years each group went its own way, under many different names. In 1813 at historic Fort Mifflin, near PHILADELPHIA, several of these groups formed one organization known as the SOCIETY OF RED MEN.
  At Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 the various local tribes came together and formed a national organization called the GRAND COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES.
With the formation of a national organization the Order of Red Men soon spread, and within 30 years there were State Great Councils in 21 states with amembership over 150,000.The order continued to grow and by 1920, tribes in 46 states totaled membership over one half million.
 

The Improved Order of Red Men is a National Fraternal Organization that believes in.....

FREEDOM, FRIENDSHIP, and CHARITY

Love and Respect for the American Flag...
Preserving our Nation by defending and upholding the
    principle of free Government...
America and the Democratic way of life...
Preserving the traditions and history of this GREAT COUNTRY...
Creating and insping a greater love for the
    UNITED STATES of AMERICA...
Helping those in need through organized charitable programs....
     OUR NATIONAL CHARITY IS ALZHEIMERS
Linking our members together in a common bond of
   friendship brotherhood and...
Perpetuating the beautiful legends and traditions of a once vanishing race and the keeping alive of its customs, ceremonies, and philosophies.

The Degree of Pocahontas is the women's auxiliary of the ORDER OF RED MEN. The first Council of this degree began in 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    At the 1990 GREAT COUNCIL SESSION, THE GREAT COUNCIL of the UNITED STATES adopted the RED MEN and POCAHONTAS NATIONAL CHARITY PROGRAM and formed a partnership with the
NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION.
from 1990 to date we've raised over 1million dollars
    The Alzheimer's Association and the Improved Order of Red Men and the Degree of Pocahontas are providing today's support, searching for tomorrow's cure.

 
 
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Prominent Americans who have belonged to the ORDER OF RED MEN
 

GEORGE WASHINGTON

THOMAS PAINE

SAMUEL ADAMS

PAUL REVERE

THOMAS JEFFERSON

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

PATRICK HENRY

WARREN G. HARDING

JOHN HANCOCK

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT