The Buckeye Native Youth & People of Color Scholarship Program

2017 recipients from South Dakota and California

Buckeye Week: taking a year off

Pathways Week: May 8-14, 2019

Our Continuing Effort to Honor Indigenous People 

 Our gatherings take place at Lake Concow which is in Concow Valley Band of Maidu country. Though we all have paleotechnologies in our ancestral past that we can reconnect with, just a few centuries ago the Indigenous tribes on this continent were living en masse in many of the ways that we are now attempting to relearn. The subsequent history of genocide and marginalization makes healing our present relations important to us. We seek to honor the continuing cultural legacy of Native America, as we work and learn together in the reality of today. In our continuing effort to honor and respect the indigenous people of this land, we seek connections with native communities.

Native Youth Scholarship Program

One key component to our outreach mission is our Native Youth Scholarship Program.  For our entire history we have raised money for this each year with the raffle during Buckeye of items donated by our community.  We have full and partial scholarships available for youth of Native American descent. Youth must be enrolled tribal members or descendants of enrolled tribal members. Acceptance includes five days of classes with a healthy breakfast and dinner served every day. A chaperone ticket for youth 18 and under will also be awarded. Chaperones do not need to be native. Chaperones must be 21 and over. Larger groups will require multiple chaperones. If funds are still available during the gathering we will also help with material fees for classes that require them.

People of Color Scholarships

 Our community has a unique potential as a place explicitly dedicated to exploring our heritages in order to connect with the lifeways of our pandemic ancestors.  In 2018 we began our PoC Scholarship program as one as one of the ways we are seeking to acknowledge and shift the current dynamic in our community:  there is an imbalance in the lineages represented at Buckeye, including the classes offered.  Even though Ancestral Skills are in everyone’s heritage, due to the history of imperialism and colonialism, not all people have the same access to these timeless skills that are our collective birthright.  To this end, we are joining the worldwide movement for justice and equity from our unique vantage point.  These scholarships are part of a larger vision that we will be sharing in the upcoming years.  Please help us spread the word to anyone that you know who might be interested!  

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Buckeye is a drug and alcohol free event.

To Apply For A Scholarship

Applicants need to write a short essay about themselves, who you are and why you want to come to a Buckeye Gathering. Please include: your name, age, tribal affiliation if any, location, and contact information. If you know any communities or individuals who could benefit from this, please let us know! Apply early.  Letters of request are now being accepted. In recent years all spaces have been filled. After March 30, any available openings will be opened up to native adults. Adults can contact us to be put on the waitlist, and also send the info requested above. All requests will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Email your essay to
or mail to: Sunseed, LLC PO Box #46, 708 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol, CA 95472


The Buckeye Gathering

The Buckeye Gathering is an annual 2 week-long educational event offering an immersion into ancestral skills and traditional arts in a village style campout at Lake Konkow Campground, California. These are 2 separate weeklong events. One may apply for one or the other or for both weeks. We exist to encourage a connection between the past and present and to foster unity through our common heritage of living skills. Pictured in the photo above are a few of the 2015 recipients, chaperones, and members of the Buckeye Native Youth Scholarship committee. In past years we have enjoyed the company of native youth from all parts of the state and other states as well, from as far as New Mexico and South Dakota.

Classes during the Buckeye Week: April 29 – May 5 include friction fire, plant fiber cordage, flint knapping, local Native culture, stone, bone & wood tools, basket weaving, buckskin, pottery, nature awareness, tracking, local flora & fauna i.d., astronomy, natural pigments, hunting, trapping, primitive weaponry, fiber/textile arts, herbal medicine, shelter building, games, storytelling and more.

The Pathways Week: May 8 – 14 offers a deeper taste: spending five full days in one class with one or two advanced teachers following an intensive pathway in a specific field.  We are deeply jazzed and honored to host the advanced teachers at our 2018 gathering. There will be a high level of mastery represented here.

Email your essay to
or mail to: Sunseed, LLC PO Box #46, 708 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol, CA 95472