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  • Terra Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow Flyer

    Terra Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow

    Please see the attached flyer. 

  • NCAI 2021 Mid Year Conference Flyer

    National Congress of American Indians 2021 Mid Year Conference

    Registration Now Open!

    Virtual Event

    NCAI Alaska Region

    June 20-24, 2021

  • Urban Native Education Conference

    Urban Native Education Conference

    The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC) is pleased to announce that the Call For Proposals for the 2021 Fifth Annual Urban Native Education Conference is now open.  The virtual conference will take place May 14-15, 2021

    Our conference theme this year is Living Our Values Towards Health & Healing. The theme acknowledges the ways in which our values shape and support our individual, family and communities’ health, wellbeing and healing, specifically during a pandemic. At the core of many Native American and Indigenous communities are the values known as the 4 R’s – relationships, reciprocity, responsibility, and respect. In what ways do these values influence how we build, support, care, teach, learn and lead? How has this pandemic helped to ground us in what’s important? 

    We invite Native American and Indigenous community leaders, knowledge keepers and scholars, students, educators, youth, administrators, helpers and staff of educational programs, organizations and institutions, from Chicago-land (Checagou) and beyond, to join us at the 5th Annual Urban Education Conference. 


    For more information and proposal instructions please visit: https://chicagoaicc.com/call-for-proposals-for-caiccs.../Deadline: April 2, 2021 

    A special miigwech to Le'Ana Asher for permission to use her art, Cones. Learn more about Le'Ana's art here: https://leanaasher.com/?v=32aec8db952d

  • Registration is Open for the 2021 Mid Year Conference

    Registration for the 2021 Mid Year Conference is now open!

    At NCAI’s Mid Year Conference, attendees have the opportunity to come together to address issues critical to Indian Country. This year, the conference will occur virtually for the first time and will provide tribal leaders and partners a unique opportunity to discuss and work on the issues facing Tribal Nations directly from their respective homelands. 

    In addition to championing issues, NCAI's Mid Year Conference is home to the 16th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum (TLSF). The purpose of TLSF is to provide researchers, practitioners, community members, and others an opportunity to present research and data findings to tribal leaders, policymakers, and tribal citizens.

    June 20-24, 2021

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 30, 2021

    Register online today by clicking below, or download the form and mail your form of payment.



  • Don't Miss These Opportunities this April: 2021 UNITY Virtual Midyear Conference

    Register Today for UNITY’s Virtual Midyear Conference. Thanks to our sponsors, it’s complimentary! No registration fee this year. We've even simplified the process so you can register for additional exciting Spring webinars and trainings all in one place.

    • Pre-Conference Training: Learn the dos and don’ts of a virtual meet-up.
    • Complimentary Registration! Click here.
      • Friday, April 23 @ 5:30 - 7:30 PM (PST) General Session I
      • Saturday, April 24 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST) General Session II
    • Download the draft agenda! Click here.
  • College Readiness Program

    College Readiness Program

    Please see attached flyer for details.

  • Virtual Indigenous Women's Healing Circle

    St. Kateri Center Virtual Indigenous Women's Healing Circle

    Please see the attached flyer for details.

  • Chicago Native Housing Survey

    Chicago Native Housing Survey

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Spring Virtual Bingo

    Spring Virtual Bingo, Young Native Leaders

    Please see the attached flyer for details.

  • Indian Taco Friday

    Indian Taco Friday, Young Native Leaders

    Please see the attached flyer for event details.

  • Book Club Flyer

    Native Script! Book Club April Book Selection

    Please see the attached flyer for details.

  • Registration now open for National, Midyear, and more!

    Special February Rate!

    Registration and hotel reservations are now open for UNITY’s 2021 National Conference happening July 2-6, 2021, in Dallas, Texas!

    UNITY is dedicated to providing a safe environment for attendees participating in the in-person 2021 National UNITY Conference. With this in mind, UNITY is reducing the number of attendees by more than 50% of the venue capacity. This means that registration spots are limited, and once capacity is reached, the registration portal will close. Also, there will NOT be on-site registration this year; all registrations must be completed on-line and before the conference start date.

  • What is indigeneity and how can it help us rethink gender and sexual non/normativity? CNAIR Course

    Course Description: 

    What is indigeneity and how can it help us rethink gender and sexual non/normativity? In what ways current notions and identities such as queer and trans* are expansive yet reductive to approach the experiences of Indigenous and Native people? 

    This course critically explores Indigenous ways of knowing in the Americas in contrast to traditional views of gender and sexuality. By introducing and relying on decoloniality as a practice and form of analysis, the focus of this course will be two-fold: 1) We will analyze how contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality are contested by indigeneity across time, and how they operate within colonial processes and legacies; 2) We will focus on the ways scholars from Indigenous and Native Studies have theorized gender and sexual non-normativity in relation and in response to scholars in Queer and Trans Studies. As we move across several communities and geographical spaces, students will engage in tandem with primary and secondary sources including first person accounts, films, short literary texts, performance pieces, and historical, ethnographic, and theoretical works. Overall, students will develop skills in written, performance, and theoretical analysis while expanding their knowledge on gender and sexual minorities beyond western epistemologies.

  • Chicago American Indian Center Updates

    Chicago American Indian Center Newsletter:


  • The Poetry Slam & T-shirt Exchange LIVES! Join Us FRIDAY NIGHT!!!

    Come together with other Native students on Friday, March 5 @6pm MST as we support and inspire each other with poetry and praise!Anyone attending is entered to receive one of 100 FREE T-SHIRTS!Click here to submit your poem to perform on MARCH 5th

  • Senior Gathering Flyer

    American Indian Health Service of Chicago Seniors Gathering

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Young Native Leaders

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Conversation with Tommy Orange

    Conversation with Tommy Orange and Book Club

    All are welcome at the Conversation with Tommy Orange (held on Zoom on 2/18 from 7-8 PM) and CNAIR-hosted book club on 2/12, at noon, also on Zoom.  Please sign up for each event by using the link on the attached flyer.  CNAIR is making copies of There There available to anyone who would like to attend the Feb. 12 book club—please sign up on the book club form (note that the February 8 book club is for students, so folks who are not students should sign up for the Feb 12 book club).

  • Native Comedian Night

    Native Comedian Night

    Please see the flyer for details.

  • Etsy Craft Entre.

    Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • YNL Poetry Workshop

    Young Native Leaders Poetry Workshop

    Poetry Workshop with Neqwes White. Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Virtual Holliday

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Urban Native Health and Wellness Survey

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • St Kateri Mass

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Virtual St. Kateri Prayer Circle

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Indigenous Women Healing Circle

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • COVID American Indian Health

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • Community Eagle Staff Feast

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • There's still time to join the Native Movement Holiday Gift Guide

    Calling all Independent Crafters, Makers and Artists!

    The gift-giving holidays are around the corner! We want to uplift local artists during these challenging times and encourage people to support local, small businesses. Entries will be compiled into a Gift Guide and shared through our social media channels and networks. To participate, please fill out this form and include a photo of your work! If you have any questions or concerns please email Art & ACction Coordinator, Jessi Thornton: jessi@nativemovement.org


  • Condor & The Eagle Film Screening and Discussion

    Native Movement, with partners and protectors around the world, are taking action during these 30 days to stand against the oil and gas lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Join us Sunday, December 20th at 3:30 pm AKST / 4:30 pm PT for this important film and a discussion with protectors in Alaska about where we stand in defense of the Arctic as a whole, and our vision to transition away from extractive economies, and towards regenerative, Indigenous-led solutions. Panelist include film protagonists, Casey Camp-Horinek and Yudith Azareth Nieto, and Alaska based Activists Ruth Miller and Naawéiyaa Austin Tagaban.



  • Always Indigenous Media Living in Contradictions Webinar Series: Carbon Credits

    Join us for our next installation of "Living In Contradictions," an Always Indigenous Media series to have hard conversations about things that matter.$370 million of Alaskan Carbon Credits have been sold. What are Carbon Credits? Where has that money gone to, and does Carbon Pricing like this really bring us closer to global sustainability and ecological balance? What is the impact on our lands, our waters, and our future? 

    In this webinar discussion, we will introduce the history of carbon markets and outline current debates about carbon off-sets, cap-and-trade, and carbon sequestration, among other international approaches to climate mitigation. We will discuss the impacts on frontline communities, the priorities of the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days, and the opportunities for the Green New Deal.

    Join us on December 15th at 12 pm for a conversation about whether or not carbon markets are a false solution to climate change, and discuss other solutions to achieving climate justice!


  • APAS Gathering

    We invite you to an 'Aapas Gathering', a place for fathers, parents, fatherly-figures, and grandfathers to come join other caregivers for a casual community conversation. We are grateful to have this zoom discussion facilitated by aapas EJ Ramos David and Qaiyaan Harcharek. This event is co-hosted by Native Movement and the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. To RSVP on our Facebook event follow this link:






    Yesterday the Bureau of Land Management announced their rushed lease sale in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge kicking off 30 Days of Public Comment before the sale on January 6th.

    These are the sacred lands where life begins - Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit - and they are NOT FOR SALE.

    We know the Trump Administration is morally corrupt, and is bulldozing through adequate public process before the next administration can step in, and so we are calling on protectors everywhere to make some noise and pressure our elected leaders around the world. Join us for 30 Days of Action to #DefendTheSacred and #ProtectTheArctic!


  • Native Alliance Summit, Teach For America

    The second is the  Native Alliance Summit from November 6-8. This year’s virtual Native Alliance Annual Leadership Summit will bring together Teach For America’s American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai’ian Indigenous internal and external community to build a coalition of relatives, supporters and mentors among Tribal Nations/Villages. Throughout the three day summit, participants will work together to build, strengthen, and share resources that support best practices and legislative advocacy for Native Education. Through collaboration, we will work to strengthen the inherent sovereignty of our Nations through Indigenous thought and philosophy and work to dismantle, decolonize, and Indigenize the education system that has historically harmed Indigenous communities.

  • 67th Chicago Annual Virtual Powwow

    Please see flyer for details.


    National Crittenton and National Young Women’s Initiatives have organized the In Solidarity Conversations across the country to center the leadership, experiences and advocacy of cis and trans girls, young women, and gender-expansive people of color during COVID-19, the economic crisis and the recent protests and uprising. These conversations will serve as a mechanism for determining how they are experiencing and managing the effects of these recent events...

    Click Title to Learn More.

  • Indigenous Interventions: Reshaping Archives & Museums

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Upcoming Symposium - Indigenous Interventions: Reshaping Archives and Museums

    A symposium hosted by the Field Museum, Northwestern University, and the NewberryFriday, November 13, 2020

    9:30 am to 3:15 pm



    This program will be held virtually on Zoom. Please register for free in advance here.

  • UNITY Announces Series of Educational Webinars this Fall

    United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will hold a series of webinars this fall that will further its mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth.


    You can find more information on UNITY’s fall webinar series at unityinc.org.

  • Exploring Self-care American Indian College Fund

    Please See Flyer for Details.

  • St. Kateri Center Prayer Circle

  • Scary Native Stories

    Please See Flyer for Details.

  • Raging Film An Evening of Film Clips and Stories

    Please See Flyer for Details.

  • Powwow 2020

    Please See Flyer for Details.

  • Men's Talking Circle

    Please See Flyer for Details.

  • Indigenous Women Healing Circle

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Virtual Run Walk Dance, American Indian Health Services Chicago

    Please see attached flyer for details.

  • Photography Workshop, Young Native Leaders

    Photography Workshop with Warren Perlstein, Young Native Leaders

  • We Are All on Native Land: A Conversation about Land Acknowledgments

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the Native American community: their vibrant culture and deep ties to land. Commemorate the day with us online. Join Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo/Korean), the Field Museum’s Community Engagement Coordinator for the Native North America Hall, in conversation with:

    Heather Miller (Wyandotte), Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Chicago 

    Felicia Garcia (Samala Chumash), Curator of Education, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe

    Meranda Roberts (Yerington Paiute/Chicana), post-doctoral researcher at the Field Museum

    Together they’ll discuss the custom of land acknowledgments; their importance, complexities, and evolution; and what actions can follow a land acknowledgment.  

    This event is free to all who register in advance.


  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago

    Covid testing and relief funds.