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  • Young Native Leaders Virtual Workshop Series

    Young Native Leaders Fall 2020 Save the Dates Virtual Workshop Series 

  • Sovereignty and Indigeneity in the Big Ten

    Monday, October 12, 20203:00 to 4:30 pm Central Time / 4:00 to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

    Sponsored by the Big Ten Native Alliance

    Please register by Friday, October 9 to receive the Zoom link.

    Join us this Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a collaborative panel discussion led by Native researchers and practitioners in the Big Ten. The panel will focus on Native experiences in academia, Indigenous-led research and pedagogy, and how these are reflected in the national political and social climates.


  • Sue Science Saturday

    Celebrating Native Communities

    November 14th, 10:00-12:00pm (Central)THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT

    Join Field Museum staff and Sue the T-Rex to learn about and celebrate Native American communities! There will be storytelling, at home activities, and presentations from some of the Field Museum's Native staff members. This program is geared towards kids ages 6-10, but will be fun for the whole family. We hope to see you all there!To request free tickets available through our program, please click the button below or send us an email to cwmoore@cps.edu

  • American Indian Center of Chicago

    Announcement: Friday Food Distribution Update

    Laughter is Medicine Wellness Circle

    Journey To Wholeness Wellness Circle

    Raging Film

    Virtual Book Club

    Finance Committee Meeting

    Programs Committee Meeting

    October Board of Directors Meeting

    Book Club Author Talk

    Gallery: Call for Curators and Exhibit Proposals


  • HUD - 3rd Annual Chicagoland Native American Housing Fair - Saturday & Sunday - Oct. 17-18, 2020 -10:00-4:30

    Please see the attached flyer and agenda for the 3rd Annual Native American Housing Fair in Chicago.

    This is the link to Register:


  • Share Your Voice, Join the Conversation

    Aang! Hello! in the Aleut language.

    In Solidarity Conversations

    As our communities heal and repair from the recent events in our country, National Crittenton and National Young Women’s Initiative (National YWI) wanted to offer a space that centers the leadership, voices, experiences and advocacy of cis and trans girls, young women, and gender-expansive people of color. 

    Join other girls, young women, two-spirit and gender expansive young people for this two-hour long virtual conversation aimed at creating change.

    Dates:October 6th, 2020 Times: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PSTOctober 8th, 2020 Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

    Compensation:All participants will be compensated with a $30 E-Gift Card.


  • 6th Annual National Gathering of Veterans

    Live at Trickster for limited crowd size Veterans and Dancers have priority to enter at Trickster

    but the entire venue will be online : register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-gS-xLZ6RkKSiaDFYdIleA


  • Free Drive in BINGO, Great Prizes

    Free Drive-In BINGO

  • Fundraising Conference Featuring Pamala Silas

    Please join us for Stories + Money = Change, a Fundraising Conference featuring Pamala Silas.There's something for everyone (more info below and attached). Please let me know what questions you have and thanks in advance. 



    We are bringing together trainers from a variety of areas in the fundraising field in order to sharpen our fundraising skills and to create a space for us to build a stronger movement. Join us and register today!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-money-change-tickets-89114368475

    Who: Fundraising professionals of all levels

    What: A skills-based conference that will serve as a space for everyone to network and build relationships. The skills workshops will cover topics such as individual donor visits, technology in fundraising, event fundraising, peace and productivity (work/life balance), and more!

    When: September 24th and 25th, 2020

    Where: Online

    Cost: $300 per person for the 2 day conference. 


    Tajauna Biloche - Record setting fundraiser and current community organizer.

    Ashley Bloom - VP of Membership Drive.

    Gisella Faggi - Writer and non-profit consultant.

    Margie Fine- Extremely experienced fundraising consultant.

    Andrea Frye - Experienced Operations Director.

    Dan Gaudette - Regional Gift Officer and Principal at Innovative Fundraising, LLC.

    Gordon Mayer - Fundraising and Communications Expert. .

    Dondy Marie Moreland - Social justice activist, grassroots, fundraiser, and consultant.

    Jeff Pinzino - Chief Operations Officer and Development professional.

    Pamala Silas -Experienced executive leader focused on the Native American community.

    Tammi Thompson - President of TM Thompson Consulting, Inc.

    Mary Grace Wolf - Director of Individual Giving and Principal at Innovative Fundraising, LLC.

    Workshops include:

    Fundraising 101


    What to do in October to Raise More Money in December

    Launching an individual donor visit strategy

    Peace and Productivity

    Communications and Fundraising

    Small to midsize events

    Tech in fundraising

    Grant writing


    Consulting sessions with experts

    Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-money-change-tickets-89114368475

  • Is Education a Path Forward From Historical Trauma?

    Native people have had to overcome hundreds of years of trauma stemming from continued colonization and subjugation, and education has bound our broken hearts and provided new paths. The American Indian College Fund wants to know your thoughts about this difficult journey - awarding $200 prizes to selected submissions.

    Learn more and share your reflections by OCT 9th!

  • American Indian College Fund Resources

    • Nike N7 2021 Internship
    • FREE Tribal Solar Training
    • Native Pre-Admission Workshop
    • LA Skins Fest Film Contest
    • Ford Foundation Fellowships
    • Public Health Informatics Fellow
    • Google Grow Certificates
    • FBI Cyber Internship
    • Next Gen Radio Training

    American Indian College Fund | 800-776-3863 | scholarships@collegefund.org | collegefund.org/student-resoures



    2020 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM ConferenceIS GOING VIRTUAL!New Dates: October 19 – 24New Location: Online!

    The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM

  • The Beginning of a New Journey

    September Storytelling Events (open to all students):

    The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle

    Weds (9/9, 9/16, 9/23): 3-4pm

    Registration: go.uic.edu/CANUndergradOrientation



    Welcome! The Beginning of A New Journey: A Storytelling Circle, a collaboration between Campus Advocacy Network and Undergraduate Student Government, is open to all UIC students. Please join us for any of these storytelling circles to meet fellow students, share stories, and learn about CAN and USG services and programming. 

  • Chicago Public Schools, American Indian or Alaska Native

    Chicago Public Schools - American Indian or Alaska Native students could be eligible for free services.

  • 3rd Annual Chicagoland Native American Housing Fair

    Learn about: credit counseling, home buying resources, rental resources, etc. 

  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago Inc.

    We provide family practice and outpatient behavioral health services.

  • American Indian Center Food Distribution Program

    The program is a conduit between national and local programs to serve the community in this time of need.

  • No-cost High Speed Internet for Eligible Families

    Eligible CPS families can now receive high-speed internet in their homes immediately at no cost for up to four years. There are no installation or upfront equipment fees and families are not required to provide a social security number. To find out if you are eligible, check out Chicago Connected's eligibility tool. If you are eligible, you’ll be provided an activation code for Comcast or RCN. You can also connect with your school to confirm your eligibility and receive your activation code. Your child will need to access their CPS account for the first day of school. Attendance and classroom participation will be tracked through their CPS email. If you do not know your CPS login, connect with your school, and ask for assistance as soon as possible. This is how your child will access their classroom instruction and assignments while learning at home. 

  • Young Native Leaders Virtual Workshop Series

    St. Kateri Center of Chicago and CPS American Indian Education Program are building a new leadership program to cultivate young student leaders within our community. Participants will be able to receive stipends for their work at each of our programs’ events and have an opportunity to attend national Native Youth Leadership conferences as our youth delegate(s). It will be an exciting opportunity for our youth to develop their leadership and professional skills while giving back to the community!

  • American Indian Center May Updates

    American Indian Center May Programming and Resources 

  • Chicago American Indian Center

    You can find the full list of American Indian Center (AIC) events on the Calendar page.

  • Young Native Leaders Virtual Workshop with Brian Frejo

    Young Native LeadersVirtual Workshop with Brian FrejoSaturday, May 2nd, 2020 @ 2:00pmSaturday, May 9th, 2020 @ 2:00pm

    We are excited to continue with the Zoom workshops on Cultural Identity in an Urban Environment.

    MUST RSVP to receive the link for the meeting room. Supplies needed for the workshops:• Journal• Sketchbook• Pen/Pencil• Markers• Colored PencilsIf you need any supplies, please let us know and we will coordinate a curbside drop-off of supplies on Fridays. If you need assistance with signing in for the Zoom meeting, let us know and we will help you.

    Contact: Josee Starr: jstarr@stbenedict.comDavid Morales: dmorales94@cps.edu


  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago Covi-19

    AIHSC is now doing COVID 19 testing.  Appointments only. 

  • 2020 Census

    AISES reminds you to complete the 2020 Census because Indian Country Counts! The 2020 Census is an opportunity to provide a better future for our communities and for future generations. By participating in the 2020 Census, you help provide an accurate count of American Indian and Alaska Natives. Your responses to the 2020 Census can help shape how billions of dollars in annual federal funds are distributed for programs and grants in our communities. Visit www.my2020census.gov today to complete your 2020 Census!

  • Job Announcement Executive Assistant American Indian Health Service of Chicago

    American Indian Health Service of Chicago has a position open.  If you are interested open the attachments.

  • St. Kateri Center Mass


    • Date: 3/8/20202 and 3/22/2020
    • Time: 11:00AM
    • Location: Kateri Center
  • Tommy Orange reading from There There on April 23, at the American Indian Center

    In collaboration with the American Indian Center and other partners, CNAIR is excited to host the Cheyenne and Arapaho writer Tommy Orange for a reading and discussion of his novel There There on April 23, at the American Indian Center of Chicago.  Space is limited, so please register for the event here:  https://tinyurl.com/vyna3fb.

    Busses will run from Northwestern to the AIC and back, departing at 4:30 and returning by 9 PM.  Please sign up here http://bit.ly/2PN9kYH if you’d like to reserve a seat on the bus.

    CNAIR partners will host discussions of There There across campus in early April—stay tuned for details.

    Thanks to Northwestern’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Litowitz MFA + MA Profram, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion for partnering with us on this event.

  • Indigenous STEAM Summer Camp

    For Native American and Indigenous Youth entering grades 1-12


    FREE!  Snacks and lunch provided - Extended dropoff/pickup:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • American Indian Center Chicago Inter-Tribal Youth Summer Program

    PLease see attached flyer

  • Class of 2020 Achievement Celebration

    • Date: 6/13/2020
    • Time: 12-3 PM
    • Location: Mexican Museum of Fine Arts
  • St. Kateri Center of Chicago

    Date: 5/16/2020

    Time: Doors open at 10:30 AM and Grand Entry at 12PM and 5 PM

    Location: St. Benedict Gymnasium 

  • Chicago River Nibi (Water) Walk

    • Date: 3/22/2019
    • Time: 9 - 7 PM
    • Location: See flyer for details
  • American Indian Center Fundraising and Silent Auction

    • Date: 3/18/2020
    • TIme: 6 - 9 PM
    • Location: Newberry Library 
  • Raging Film

    • Date: 3/12/2020
    • Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
    • Location: American Indian Center 
  • Youth and Elder Subcommittee Meeting

    Date: 3/6/2020

    Time: 6:00 - 8:15PM

    Location: Ho-Chunk Office

  • March Senior Lunch American Indian Center

    • Date: 3/4/2020
    • Time: 12 - 2PM
    • Location: American Indian Center
  • St. Kateri Prayer Circle

    Please see attached flyer. 

  • American Indian Center Annual Meeting

    • Date: 3/1/2020
    • Time: 2-5 PM
    • Location: American Indian Center
  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

    • Date: 2/29/2020
    • Time: 2:00PM - 2:45PM
    • Location: Mitchel Museum of the American Indian
  • Vaping. What;s It All About

    • Date: 3/7/2020
    • Time: 12 PM
    • Location: St. Kateri Center
  • Young Native Leaders, Save the Dates

    Please see attached flyer. 

  • Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

    Zona Abierta: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors


    Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center, the Native American Support Program, and the Women's Leadership and Resource Center

    As part of UIC's Women's History Month Celebration, join us for a conversation with four women from the great Apsáalooke Crow Nation – as they share their Native perspectives – and talk about Apsáalooke ways, people, and their work. Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibition is jointly organized by the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, opening at both sites in March 2020.

    • When: Thurs. March 12, 2020
    • Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
    • Where: LCC – Lecture Center B2
  • Smoke Signals American Indian Center


    The AIC Smoke Signals Newsletter 

    To receive the Smoke Signals Newsletter, please register to become an AIC Member today!

    Register here: http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=1306

  • Film Screening: Drunktown's Finest

    In the third installment of the First Nations Film and Video Festival, we feature a screening of Sydney Freeland’s coming-of-age drama Drunktown’s Finest (2014).

    On the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people—a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous and gorgeous trans person—search for love and acceptance.

    As the three find their lives becoming more complicated and their troubles growing, their paths begin to intersect. With little in common other than a shared heritage, they soon learn that the key to overcoming their respective obstacles may come from the most unlikely of sources: each other.

    Inspired by a 20/20 story that called her hometown of Gallup, NM, “Drunktown USA,” writer/director Sydney Freeland has constructed a moving and ultimately uplifting story about coming of age in the most challenging of circumstances while still finding hope, healing, and the chance for a better life.

    The film will be followed by a discussion with Northern Arapaho filmmaker Ernest Whiteman III, Director of the First Nations Film and Video Festival.

  • Field Museum Town hall Meeting

    Hello Everyone,

    there will be a Town Hall meeting on  February 29th from 11:30-3:00pm, at St. Kateri Center/St. Ben's Beaven Hall, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd. We will be discussing the Native American Hall Renovation Updates/Design Overview, Meet Chicago advisory group, Q&A with Field Museum staff and Chicago advisory group, Opportunity to provide feedback. Lunch will be provided. Limited parking available in parking lot behind the church, accessible from Bell St.For more information, please contact Debra Yepa-Pappan, Community Engagement Coordinator, at dyepapappan@fieldmuseum.org is

    Please RSVP by clicking on the link below. Please share this link and invite with anyone interested in attending.

    Thank you,


  • Whose Lakefront (2020) Participatory Public Art Project

    Please see attached flyer for info:

  • Ceremony A Place For Gender, Sexuality, & Indigeneity

    • Date: March 4, 2020
    • Time: 12:00-1:30PM
    • Location: Guild Lounge (601 University Pl) Northwestern
  • Decolonizing Healthcare

    • Date: March 4, 2020
    • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Location: Hardin Hall 633 Clark St Northwestern
  • 4th Annual Urban Native Education Conference @ UIC

    The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative’s Education Committee invites you to attend the 4th annual Urban Native Education Conference. The theme of the 4th annual Urban Native Education Conference is Indigenous Futures 2020. The organizers of this conference are situated in Native Chicago, by which they mean that their focus, research, teaching, and service is working for and with American Indian people and communities in the Chicago area. With more than 70% of the Indigenous population of the U.S. living primarily in urban settings, it is clear that urban Indian education is a significant issue.

    We invite proposals for sessions that address the conference theme. The audience for this conference includes Indigenous educators, scholars, youth, elders, and community members. Please submit proposals by Friday, February 28, 2020. Accept/decline notifications will be sent to the email used in the proposal process by Friday, March 20, 2020.

    Submit a Proposal


    Friday, May 1, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Indigenous Networking Social

    Saturday, May 2, 2020, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Main Conference

    *schedule subject to slight changes while confirming sessions

    Registration is now open. The cost to register is free. Space is limited so please register in advance to secure your spot!

    Register to Attend the Conference!


  • Help Support Chicago's Indigenous Peoples' Day Ordinance

    Show your support by sharing, downloading and posting graphics on social media, writing a letter of support (a template is available in the link below), and go read more about Chicago’s city-wide ordinance to make the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day and abolish Columbus Day!READ MORE HERE: https://aicchicago.org/indigenous-peoples-day/