Check out cultural resources from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, IL

Education and Teacher Resources
Easily enrich your classroom with authentic Native American art, culture, and history!
Schedule Your Field Trip Today! 
The new school year is here! The Mitchell Museum offers engaging, interactive tours for school groups of all ages! Our docents are rigorously trained to provide informational and interesting stories and interpretations to explain the museum’s artifacts and to bring them to life. They will also give your group a historically accurate and broad account of Native American history and culture. Our tours are designed to be hands-on and accessible for all groups.
Highlights include our popular “touch tables,” set up with objects and artifacts that can be handled and examined closely. Tour groups can also do fun and creative crafts like making Beaded Keychains, God’s Eyes, or Ledger Art, and visit our wigwam and ciporoke.
For more information on how to book a tour, visit:
or contact us by phone 847-475-1030
Bring Our “Deconstructing Stereotypes” Exhibit to Your School!
Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths
about Native Peoples” dispels stereotypes identified through surveys and interviews with Native peoples. The exhibit highlights the truth behind ten stereotypes and misconceptions which Native people felt most impacted by in their lives.
The traveling version of the exhibit consists of poster board panels which easily install in gallery spaces as well as hallways. The exhibit includes quotes from Native peoples, artifacts and art addressing the stereotypes, and offers the unique opportunity to learn from native perspectives about the truths that divide and unite us.
Your participation in this program would help the Mitchell spread awareness of Native stereotypes and myths and share a deeper understanding and respect for Native American peoples!
If you are interested in showing the exhibit at your school, please contact the museum for more information! 847-475-1030; email:
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Free Art Program this Fall for 6-12th graders!

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Marwen’s mission is to educate and inspire Chicago youth from under-resourced communities and schools through visual arts. By enrolling in Marwen, your student can get exposure to a high-quality arts education, meet like-minded peers, and receive critical college and career prep to reach their full potential.

Register to attend their Fall 2018 Orientation for this Saturday, September 15th HERE!

Marwen is FREE of charge and welcomes students who meet all eligibility requirements. You’re eligible if you…
1 Are from under-resourced schools and/or communities and cannot afford to pay for art courses elsewhere
2 Live within the city limits of Chicago
3 Are in grades 6-12
4 Self-elect to attend and actively participate
5 Can make art independently for up to 3 hours, for 10 classes

Download their Program Brochure and New Student Orientation Flyer

Thank you to one of our parents for sharing this valuable opportunity with us!

Free webinars- How to complete your FAFSA the right way!

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October 1st is an important date for any high school senior or returning college student as it is the first day they can submit their FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid). Filling out FAFSA is a necessary step to be eligible for most financial aid opportunities and we want ALL students who will be in college next year to fill it out. It is critical to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to obtain full available funding, ESPECIALLY the free money (Federal & State grants), as it is awarded on a first come, first served basis. And you can only get that type of free money if you complete a FAFSA. Once those buckets of money are depleted, they’re gone, even if you qualify for them. So again, we cannot stress enough how important it is to file FAFSA as close to October 1st as possible.

However, completing the FAFSA can be a very confusing process! And if a submitted FAFSA has any mistakes on it or triggers a review, you have to resubmit it, which puts you back at the end of the line for that free money.

To help parents and students go through this process easily, on October 4th, Heartland Institute of Financial Education College Planning Program expert Coaches will be hosting TWO free webinar sessions for parents and students that will educate all about FAFSA.

Click this link (or the link in the flyer) at your specified time to access the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/7905994786
Dial in to connect audio:
US Toll Number: 669-900-6833 or 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 7905994786

Here is what they plan to discuss:

· Why everyone going to college needs to fill out FAFSA
· What you need to fill out FAFSA
· The different sections of the form
· Items to pay attention to
· What happens after you apply
· Getting help on FAFSA
· Answer questions at the end.

To prepare for FAFSA, and the webinar, they need students and parents to do a couple of things:

* Set up a FAFSA account before October 1st or as soon as possible to get an FSA ID. If the student does not have one already set on up, they need to do it now. If they have applied previously, they can use that account. A parent will also need a FSA ID. This gives the student access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as their legal signature.
* This account will be used for the full college career and makes it easy to update the FAFSA each year.
* Website: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
* Begin gathering information needed for FAFSA. Here is what the student will need.
o Their Social Security Number
o Their Alien Registration Number (if they are not a U.S. citizen)
o Their most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: They may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into their FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
o Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
o Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
o An FSA ID to sign electronically.

To learn more about their College Planning Program, go to http://hife-usa.org/programs/college/

Early College Programs for High School Students

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High School students, The City Colleges of Chicago is dedicated to creating opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit prior to graduating high school.

High school juniors and seniors may have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses before graduation.  This can reduce both the amount of time and money needed to complete your two-year and four-year degree.  In addition, students that earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school and continue ​thro​ugh college. Students at participating high schools may elect to take a CCC college course at their school; or students can take a class at one of the seven CCC campuses while they are still enrolled in high school.

Learn more at their WEBSITE here

Apply for Miss Indian Chicago!

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Join American Indian Center of Chicago on Sunday, September 30th from 1-5pm for a Community Potluck and Powwow as they choose this year’s Miss, Jr. Miss and Lil Miss Indian Chicago. Apply online HERE, download online at aicchicago.org under their events page, or pick up a copy in person at 3401 W. Ainslie. Applications must be submitted by 9/30/18 @ 1pm.

September 30th is the annual celebration of #orangeshirtday that has grown out of the legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project. Orange Shirt Day events are designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

In addition, there will be staff onsite to help folks register to vote.

FOR MORE INFO: fawn@aicchicago.org

Paid Research Opportunity!

We at the American Indian Education Program want to let you know about research led by Professor Doug Medin at Northwestern University. His study team is doing research about the natural world in a study called Cultural Processes in Learning About Ecosystems. They are interested in what people think about ecological relationships and how that is affected by their culture.
If you are an adult (age 25+) or have a child (ages 6 – 14), would you be interested in taking part or allowing you child to take part in this study? Participation may involve:
a. taking a walk in a forest or neighborhood with your child. OR
b. Looking at pictures, words, or other items and sorting them or describing relationships between them, and giving reasons why you think so
There are no right or wrong answers; the researchers are just interested in what you think. You will be compensated by the researchers $20 for 30 minute tasks OR $40 for hour-long tasks.
If you would be interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact Forrest Bruce at forrest.bruce@northwestern.edu. If you know of someone who might be interested in participating, the study team would appreciate it if you could spread the word. Please feel free to forward this post to friends or family who might want to take part in this research opportunity.