John Morris 1921-2013


John Morris was the visionary founder of Onaway Trust in 1974, the same year Plenty was founded. “Onaway” means “awake” in the Native American Ojibwe language. In the early 1970s John made a number of trips to the US when he visited as many native communities as he could find. He established the Onaway Magazine that focused on indigenous cultures and these cultures became the focus of Onaway’s support efforts. Since the 1980s Onaway has made numerous grants to Plenty for our work with the Mayans of Guatemala and Belize and the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge. We always shared John’s understanding that partnerships with Native Peoples are key to the healing and survival of life on earth. John dedicated his life to instigating and building those partnerships. He was ahead of his time.