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  • 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 today to complete your 2020 Census!

  • 2021 AISES National Conference Call for Research

    2021 AISES National Conference Call for Research

    September 23 - 25, 2021 | Phoenix, Arizona

    The 2021 AISES National Conference invites all middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals to present their STEM research! The 2021 AISES National Conference will be in Phoenix, AZ on September 23rd-25th 2021. All presentations will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021.

    Submit your completed STEM research presentation abstract now until September 1, 2021. Early submissions receive conference registration discounts. Submit by:

    July 9th, 2021 for a 100% registration discount; or between July 10th and August 9th, 2021 for a 50% registration discount.

    Incomplete submissions will not be accepted until the date they are complete. Incomplete submissions include missing names, titles, and/or components of the abstracts.

    Once your research presentation is confirmed by AISES, you will receive a registration discount code to register for the conference. Do not register for the conference before you receive a code! If you do register and pay in advance of receiving this code, your registration refund is subject to the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

  • Save the Date 2021 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Summit

    2021 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Summit

    This three day event will contain multiple sessions covering a variety of health practices within indigenous communities. Current topics that will be discussed are but not limited to COVID19 combat strategies being created in the AI/AN societies, uplifting women and their families, and the many factors that contribute to health. For more information and to register for free, follow the link below!

  • 2021 Annual Virtual Benefit Gala Flyer

    2021 Annual Virtual Benefit Gala

    Please see the attached flyer. 

  • Fifth Annual Conference Flyer

    2021 Fifth Annual Urban Native Education Conference, Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative

    Living Our Values Towards Health & Healing

    The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC) is pleased to announce the 2021 Fifth Annual Urban Native Education Conference!

    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. Our communities have a deep history of organizing to support each other in times of crisis. This past year presented numerous opportunities for us to work together. More than ever before, we were called upon to re-imagine and create new possibilities for connecting and supporting one another.

    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 have invited 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 present at this year's 5th Annual Urban Native Education Conference.

  • 2021 P.L.A.C.E. SESSION 1

    AUGUST 1, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT FREE | ONLINESUMMER - In our first 2021 REZILIENCE PLACE SESSION we're pleased to welcome back ROXANNE SWENTZELL who will be speaking about the “Pueblo Food Experience Project”. She will be sharing her journey in maintaining a relationship with ancestral foods, and her connection to her ancestors and homeland through food. Swentzell will discuss not only the health benefits, but also the cultural and spiritual benefits that come with a “pre-contact” period diet, and she will share her thoughts on the future and the world. Lee Francis will be our moderator and Joseph Stacy will be our visual facilitator.For more information on this event, contact

  • 3rd Annual Chicagoland Native American Housing Fair

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

  • 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!


  • 67th Chicago Annual Virtual Powwow

    Please see flyer for details.

  • Flyer for Event

    68th Annual Chicago Powwow

    Please see the flyer for details.

  • 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


  • Flyer for Event

    7 Sacred Branches Adult Session

    Please see the attached flyer. 

  • 7th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans Flyer

    7th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans

    Please see the attached flyer.

  • 7th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans: We Welcome All Veterans

    Please join us for the 7th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans: We Welcome All Veterans, honoring veterans & military personnel of all cultures, eras, and branches in a Native American way. This is a full 3-day event starting from July 16th till July 18th. It will be held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.

    Friday: Evening Veterans ConferenceSaturday: Veterans Conference and Powwow

    Sunday: Powwow, Wellbriety, and AA MeetingGeneral Public Welcome All Weekend

    Registration is required and is available here

    Hotel rooms are available if needed at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Lisle Naperville. Special rates are available for groups staying for the National Gathering! You can book a hotel room here

    Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

  • AIC Annual Meeting

    • Date: February 8, 2020
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: American Indian Center
  • 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!


  • American Indian Center Annual Meeting

    • Date: 3/1/2020
    • Time: 2-5 PM
    • Location: American Indian Center
  • American Indian Center Chicago Inter-Tribal Youth Summer Program

    PLease see attached flyer

  • 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.

  • American Indian Center Fundraising and Silent Auction

    • Date: 3/18/2020
    • TIme: 6 - 9 PM
    • Location: Newberry Library 
  • American Indian Center May Updates

    American Indian Center May Programming and Resources 

  • 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


  • American Indian College Fund, CONNECT Update (Networking - Internships - Jobs)

    • LEDA Scholars Program
    • Presidential Fellows Program
    • Next Gen Radio Training
    • AAUW Fellowships & Grants
    • Ford Foundation Fellowships
    • AFRL Scholars Program
    • FBI Cyber Internship
    • STEM Internship Opportunities
    • Public Health Informatics Fellow
  • 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 | |


  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago

    A new clinic has opened in the neighborhood and is accepting new patients. Schedule your appointment today!

  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago

    Covid testing and relief funds.

  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago Covi-19

    AIHSC is now doing COVID 19 testing.  Appointments only. 

  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago Inc.

    We provide family practice and outpatient behavioral health services.

  • Senior Gathering Flyer

    American Indian Health Service of Chicago Seniors Gathering

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • 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:




  • A Winter Night of Indigenous Telling Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

    • Date: January 30, 2020
    • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Location:  Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
  • California Indian Manpower Consortium

    The CIMC Workforce Development Program provides job training and employment opportunities for low-income, unemployed and underemployed Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian individuals residing in our service area. 

  • Call for Graduates

    Call for 2021 Graduates

    Join us for "drive-thru" celebrations as we recognize and honor this school year's local graduates.

    When: Thursday and Friday, June 17th-18th, 2021

    Time: 12-6 pm each day

    Where: American Indian Center of Chicago, 3401 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60625

    Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, graduates and their families will participate in a drop-in celebration to receive certificates, gifts, and photo opportunities from local Native community leaders and Native organizations.

    If you have multiple graduates in your family, please submit the form per one graduate.

  • Call For Survey Participation

    • Are you a boarding school survivor?
    • Do you have boarding school history in your family? 
    • Have you been adopted or placed in foster care? 

    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!


  • Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University

    Please see the included pdf. for additional details.

  • Ceremony A Place For Gender, Sexuality, & Indigeneity

    • Date: March 4, 2020
    • Time: 12:00-1:30PM
    • Location: Guild Lounge (601 University Pl) Northwestern
  • Champions for Change: Youth Application

    The Champions for Change (CFC) program at the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), inspired by a 2011 White House initiative, recognizes and encourages inspirational Native American youth (ages 14 to 24) working in their tribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positive impact. Each year, CNAY selects five inspirational Native youth from across the United States to join the CFC program. Champions are individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts that improve the lives of fellow youth in Indian Country. Below is the application form to apply for the 2022 class of Champions for Change.**Note: You will not be able to save and return to this form. We recommend typing responses in a word processing document first and then pasting into the form when you're ready to submit.**Important: you must have all application materials in order to submit your application, including all letters of recommendations uploaded.

    Visit CNAY's Champions for Change webpage for more details and up-to-date information on the program.

    Application Deadline: October 29, 2021

  • Chicago American Indian Center

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

  • Chicago American Indian Center Updates

    Chicago American Indian Center Newsletter:


  • Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative Education Conference

    Date: May 2, 2020

    Location: UIC Halsted

  • Chicago Native Housing Survey

    Chicago Native Housing Survey

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Chicago Public Schools, American Indian or Alaska Native

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

  • Chicago River Nibi (Water) Walk

    • Date: 3/22/2019
    • Time: 9 - 7 PM
    • Location: See flyer for details
  • Class of 2020 Achievement Celebration

    • Date: 6/13/2020
    • Time: 12-3 PM
    • Location: Mexican Museum of Fine Arts
  • Class of 2021 "Drive Thru" Citywide Graduation

    Please see the attached flyer for details. 

  • CNAIR February Events

    The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research is Northwestern University’s primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning, and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories, and lifeways.

  • College Readiness Program

    College Readiness Program

    Please see attached flyer for details.

  • Whose Lakefront Flyer: Student Session

    College Student Session: Whose Lakefront

    The project coordinators invite all Graduate and Undergraduate College students to the Student Session: Whose Lakefront. This event will center the perspectives and voices of Native and Indigenous communities. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to hear from leading professionals about their activism work in Chicago and the greater Indigenous community. Each student will gain a greater understanding of the Whose Lakefront project, learn about historical and contemporary issues from Indigenous leaders, and form new connections with fellow student peers interested in advancing Indigenous initiatives. Register on Eventbrite to receive the zoom

  • Come to the Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours Webinar Flyer

    Come learn about Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours!!!

    Join the College Fund on May 5 at 3 pm MDT for a webinar on Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours.

    Learn how to stay on track this year!

    Click Here to RSVP, and you can also WIN GREAT PRIZES!