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  • 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/

     

  • 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

     

  • 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.

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • 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.

  • 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

    Schedule:

    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!

     

  • Whose Lakefront (2020) Participatory Public Art Project

    Please see attached flyer for info:

  • Chicago American Indian Center

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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 https://bit.ly/3fAj3xD

    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 https://group.doubletree.com/CAI

    Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

  • Flyer for Event

    68th Annual Chicago Powwow

    Please see the flyer for details.

  • 67th Chicago Annual Virtual Powwow

    Please see flyer for details.

  • Indigenous Peoples Day

    Please see the included flyer for additional details. 

  • Indigenous Peoples Day - 2021 Celebration! Potawatomi Removals: Forced and "Voluntary"

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • WHOSE LAKEFRONT

    In 1914, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians sued Chicago for land along the lakefront. As co-signers of the 1833 Treaty of Chicago, they had been forced to give up their land in Illinois up to the shore of Lake Michigan. Since then, the city had created land beyond the shore, including Streeterville, Lincoln Park, and Grant Park, some of the most valuable property in the city. The Pokagon Band argued for the return of this unceded land or payment for its value. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where, predictably, the Potawatomi lost.

    A procession led by Native people with non-Native allies will mark the boundary of this unceded territory with a line of red sand along Michigan Avenue downtown, tracing the original shoreline of Lake Michigan. 

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    Kickoff at 12:00PM noonCorner of Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt RoadRoute goes north to 401 N. Michigan Livestream on https://www.facebook.com/whoselakefront 

  • 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.

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • Indigenous Interventions: Reshaping Archives & Museums

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Indigenous Women Healing Circle

    Please see attached flyer for details. 

  • Settler Love is Breaking My Heart

    Date: 02/10/2020

    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Location: Foster/107

    RSVP Required: See Attached Flyer

  • The Coalition of Identities under Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)

    The Coalition of Identities Under AAPI

    A panel discussion exploring the AAPI Identity featuring panelists:Karen Su, Mark Martell, Chasidy Clark, and Momal Khan

    Presented by the UIC Law School's Office of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionCo-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at UIC, the South Asian Law Students Association, and the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 from 12-1pm

    Zoom link

  • 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).

  • Smoke Signals American Indian Center

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    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

  • 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 

  • Indigenous STEAM Summer Camp

    For Native American and Indigenous Youth entering grades 1-12

    LABACH WOODS, CHICAGO

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

  • Reclaiming Indigenous Material Culture Flyer

    Reclaiming Indigenous Material Culture

    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.

  • St. Kateri Center Prayer Circle

  • Flyer for Event

    The Indigenous Poetteller’s Workshop

    • Date: January 29, 2020
    • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Location: American Indian Center
  • 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. 

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN

    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

  • Native Comedian Night

    Native Comedian Night

    Please see the flyer for details.

  • Artist Directory for Native Americans Flyer

    The Chicagoland Native Artist Directory

    A free marketing opportunity for Native American artists that offer services in the Chicagoland area. 

    Are you a Native American Artists or Performer? Apply Today!

  • 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

     

  • The Chicagoland Native Artist Directory Flyer

    The Chicagoland Native Artist Directory

    Please see the attached flyer for details. 

  • 3rd Annual Chicagoland Native American Housing Fair

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

  • 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

  • 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:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-native-american-housing-fair-virtual-event-registration-115367868400

  • Indigenous Artist in Residence, Wayne Valliere, Northwestern Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

    Please see the included flyer for additional details. 

  • Scary Native Stories

    Please See 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

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    CENTER FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES PROGRAMS

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

  • SHARE YOUR VOICE, JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

    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.

  • 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

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

  • Etsy Craft Entre.

    Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship

    Please see the flyer for details. 

  • 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. 

     

    STORIES + MONEY = CHANGE

    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. 

    Featuring:

    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

    Storytelling

    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

    Sponsorship

    Consulting sessions with experts

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

  • 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,

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VxLJE5aaGPOBw2VVXqpeTip596sIQLUfVHFOUTCurto/edit?ts=5e4c2a88

  • 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.

  • Indian Taco Friday

    Indian Taco Friday, Young Native Leaders

    Please see the attached flyer for event details.

  • You Are on Potawatomi Land Installation Event

    Commissioner Mark Kelly of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites you to attend a dedication celebration for the newest installation on the Chicago Riverwalk:

    You Are on Potawatomi Land

    by artist Andrea Carlson [Ojibwe]

    Thursday, August 5th

    3:30 pm

    Pioneer Court steps (401 N. Michigan, next to the Apple Store)

    RSVP by Tuesday, August 2nd to publicart@cityofchicago.org  

  • Powwow Flyer

    Powwow 2021

    Saturday, September 25th, Ho-Chunk Nation, St. Kateri Center, American Indian Health Services of Chicago and Cook County Forest Preserve are sponsoring a Pop Up Pow Wow! In honor of victims, survivors and their families we will speak to the tragedy surrounding Boarding Schools and Children of Turtle Island. The event will have Drums and Dancers, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Food and more. Please save the date and join us!

  • Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center 45th Anniversary Celebration

    Please see the attached flyer for details. 

  • Valentine Bingo

    Come out and enjoy a day of fun bingo with our Young Native Leaders!