Beading & Sewing Circle Winter Session dates scheduled!

Beading Circle Winter 2017-18 sessionBeading Circle Winter 2017-18 Session

We’re excited to announce the Winter session of our ever popular Beading & Sewing Circle! Join us Tuesdays starting December 5th at the Ho-Chunk Chicago Branch Office from 4-7pm. We are also bringing back our expert Beader, Linda White and expert Seamstress/Regalia Maker, Mavis Blacker.

Whether you are coming to learn how to bead or sew or are already advanced in skill, come join us at this popular community event. Bring your own projects, finished and in-progress to share. There will be materials available to make regalia with sewing machines on hand and materials for beading earrings or tobacco pouches. Also, if you have scraps, old beads, old regalia pieces or materials you would like to donate and put to good use, please bring them!

On December 5th, we will have a special session crafting star quilt designed ornaments!

We do have space for children to come and do homework and socialize with other children. In the last session, we even had some jingle dance lessons by one of our H.S. Seniors, which the little girls loved the opportunity to practice.

We would also like to have potluck food available, please bring a small dish-desserts-beverages to share.

This event is free and open to the public.

Look forward to seeing you there!


New Report Highlights Alternative Public Education Programs Helping To Close the Achievement Gap for Urban Native American Youth

From National Urban Indian Family Coalition’s Facebook page:

” Friends – we are proud to announce that our report “Resurgence; Restructuring Urban American Indian Education” was released today! Authored by the brilliant Joe Hobot with support from the Schott Foundation for Public Education and Edgar Villanueva – this first of its kind report examines the history, best practices and provides recommendations on Urban Indian Education.

This report could not have been done without the brilliance and hard work and inspiration of the sites we highlight in the piece which include:

Semillas Community Schools in Los Angeles
NAYA Early College Academy in Portland OR
Native American Community Academy
Takoda Prep of AIOIC
Nawayee Center School
Huchoosedah Indian Education in Seattle WA (Seattle Public Schools)
Native American Student Support Program (Denver Public Schools) ”

Read report HERE

Visit their website here

Native Youth Leaders Meeting, Dec 2nd at 2pm

Youth Leadership Meeting 12-2-17

We are still accepting applications for our Native Youth Leadership program!

Apply HERE!

St. Kateri Center of Chicago and CPS American Indian Education Program are building a new leadership program to cultivate young student leaders within our community. Participants will be able to receive stipends for their work at each of our programs’ events and have an opportunity to attend national Native Youth Leadership conferences as our youth delegate(s). It will be an exciting opportunity for our youth to develop their leadership and professional skills while giving back to the community!

Interested students and parents are invited to join us for the meeting on Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm to learn more details!

Apply HERE!


Last Ojibwe Language Class will be on Monday, November 27th from 6-8pm!

Boozhoo! In yesterday’s class it was agreed to change the LAST class date to Monday, November 27th from 6-8pm so as to not interfere with the movie screening for Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation that we are helping to sponsor as well which will be on Weds, 11/29 at 7pm. Please adjust your calendars accordingly! An email was sent to participants but do share with others as well!

Reminder-NO class next week either

Gigawaabamin miinawaa! Thank you!

Powwow 101: Native American Heritage Month Celebration a success!


Saturday a group of students and families performed at the Cook County Forest Preserve: Powwow 101 Native American Heritage Month Celebration. We were so blessed to see current students educate spectators about Native American heritage and also performing different exhibition powwow dance styles.

All of the dancers looked great:

Winfield Wounded Eye – 8th grader- Grass dancer

Dakotah Malatare – 5th grader- Grass dancer

Alexis Roy –  H.S. Junior, Miss Indian Chicago- Fancy Shawl dancer

Natalie Arguio – 4th grader- Fancy Shawl dancer

Asya Herlihy – 8th grader, CPS American Indian Education Program Youth Ambassador- Jingle dress dancer

Norma Robertson- CAIEC council member and community member, Women’s Traditional dancer

Join us for ‘Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation’ film screening and panel discussion on November 29th!

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We are excited to partner with Northwestern University and the American Indian Center of Chicago to sponsor a screening of the film ‘Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation’ at ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N Clybourn Ave, C301 on Wednesday, November 29th at 7 pm. After the film screening, there will be a panel discussion with:

Jeremy Thompson- Current member of the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team

Betty Lyons- President of the American Indian Law Alliance

RJ Smith- Instructor of lacrosse and other Indigenous games

Zhaawon Smith: Youth lacrosse player

FREE tickets are limited to the first 100 RSVPS, by contacting with your name and requested number of tickets.

Watch official “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” trailer HERE

Excerpt from OneBowl Production website:

“Lacrosse originated with the Haudenosaunee, a confederation of Nations in northeast North America the French called the Iroquois. Lacrosse came from the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), and is the lifeblood of their people and their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team is not only comprised of the best lacrosse players in the world, but of ambassadors for their Nation’s sovereignty—essentially their right to exist, to travel on their own passports, to their own governing principles. Players wear their team colors, carry their Nation’s flag and sing their Nation’s anthem. The Iroquois Nationals is a team that represents a united confederacy of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Tuscarora, Seneca, Oneida, and Cayuga Nations.

In 2015, for the first time in history, the Iroquois host the World Championships on Native soil. History, politics, and culture all collide on the playing field.

Following in the footsteps of Faithkeeper Chief Oren Lyons, Spirit Game follows the Iroquois battle to win a world lacrosse championship. However, their journey transcends the space of the field and is about more than a game. The film explores a perennial battle for the recognition of Iroquois sovereignty.

In 1493 a Vatican mandate carried by Columbus called the Doctrine of Discovery changed history forever. Spirit Game superimposes this subject matter onto a feature-length sports documentary.

The film features acclaimed activists and athletes alike. The Thompson brothers are young athletes, notably ranked #1 internationally on the lacrosse field. The Thompsons are an appealing melange of good humor, wisdom and tight family bonds. They see each other as the eagle, bear, deer, and wolf, reflecting their unique personalities as both lacrosse players and leaders in the Iroquois community. This is a teaching rooted in their creation story of lacrosse which is a throughline of the film.

In 2010 England hosted the World Lacrosse Field Championship Games. The United Kingdom refused to accept Haudenosaunee passports, denying the Iroquois Nationals their chance to compete. Gifted players like Taylor Smoke, Brett Bucktooth Junior, Jeff Shattler, Randy Staats, Johnny Powless, and Josh Becker provide a spiritual sense of playing lacrosse with a “good mind.” They belong to a pool of only 400 Iroquois players, whereas team Canada and USA draw from over 600,000.

“Lacrosse is our gift to the world … we are happy to share… our medicine game. On behalf of the leadership and people of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy we welcome the world to our territory, in the spirit of healing, in the name of friendship, and with the goal of world peace.”  —Oren Lyons

Let the games begin.”