Are you a Native youth Entrepreneur? Apply for this grant

Running Strong is giving away fifty $10,000 grants over the next five years to jumpstart the dreams of American Indian youth.

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® believes in the dreams of young American Indians: creating stronger communities, overcoming poverty, and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Fifty years ago, Billy Mills achieved his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and since then, he has used that victory to help him give back to the American Indian community. To celebrate Billy’s dream and his leadership, Running Strong is proud to announce the DreamstarterTM grant program to help the next generation of American Indian youth make their dreams come true.

Each year, Dreamstarter 50x$10K grants will be awarded to projects addressing a different theme. The themes are: For the next 5 years, Running Strong will provide ten $10,000 grants each year to community non-profits who will mentor a young Dreamstarter and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community. Beginning October 14th, Teams of one nonprofit organization and one Native American youth should work together to complete a Dreamstarter application outlining their idea, its funding needs, and how it will benefit youth.

Year 1 (2015-2016):  Wellness

Year 2 (2016-2017):  Arts & Culture
Year 3 (2017-2018):  Education
Year 4 (2018-2019):  Science & the Environment
Year 5 (2019-2020):  Entrepreneurs


Beading Circle has extended dates!

Hello Everyone, Beading Circle’s additional dates have been confirmed. We will now go through December 4th (excluding Nov 13th). See updated flyer below and please share!

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Join us at the next CAIEC parent advisory council meeting!

CAIEC 10-29-18CAIEC Meeting 10-29-18

Come join us to meet parent council members and program staff, get updates on grant funding and programming, and learn about current plans and goals for the 2018-19 school year. We also want to hear from you, please come to give us your input and suggestions for future programming!

Light refreshments will be served!

RSVP to UIUC’s Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Chancellor Robert J. Jones
cordially invites you to the first campus-wide celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an annual tradition acknowledging and celebrating the contemporary and historical contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Monday, October 8, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Ceremony and Tree Dedication
Reception immediately following

University of Illinois South Quad
Near the Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library, Information and Alumni Center
1101 South Goodwin Avenue

RSVP by October 2

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate,
please e-mail or call (217) 333-8834.
Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

In the event of inclement weather the event will be held at Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.


Swanlund Administration Building, Champaign IL 61820

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:

Apply for Miss Indian Chicago!


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 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.


Achievement Celebration Re-Cap!

Great big thank you to EVERYONE who attended our Achievement Celebration! It was an honor to recognize the youth, families, CPS staff and community! Check out some pics below:

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We’d like to thank Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools for attending the event and acknowledging the local Native American community here in Chicago! Not only did she provide Opening Remarks, but also took the time to meet with families and students. We truly value the relationships we have cultivated with CPS Leadership and know that they will continue to collaborate with us to increase our program’s outreach and awareness.

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Thank you to an amazing keynote presentation from RJ Smith on Cultural Identity. We also appreciate him and his family bringing a drum and singing for our students to perform!


Congrats to all the 2018 Graduates! We recognized Pre-K through Post Secondary. We are very proud of all of their achievements!


We are so thankful for the many families and students who participate in our programs throughout the academic year!


A great big thank you to our Advisory Council Members, we truly appreciate their dedication to serve on the Citywide American Indian Education Council!


Thank you to the CPS teachers who make themselves available to provide academic support to our students !


We couldn’t do the work that we do without our community partners, we thank them for their continued support and resources provided for our program!


Congrats to Anthony Pochel Tamez for being awarded the Louis Delgado’s ‘Spirit of Learning & Sharing” award!


Congrats to Asya Herlihy for accepting the role as our Program’s Youth Ambassador for another term!


Congrats to Pheji Cosson for being award Susan Power’s “Grass Dancer” award! Pictured above, her grandmother accepted the award on her behalf.

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View all of the pictures from the Achievement Celebration HERE
Download the presentation from the Achievement Celebration HERE