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


National Indian Health Board -Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship


2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship are now open!
The National Indian Health Board’s second cohort of Fellows will consist of 12 Native youth from around the country to engage throughout the year in Indian health policy and programming efforts. The Fellows will engage in Indian health policy solutions, tell their personal story, and advocate for changes in the healthcare and public health systems important to their Tribal communities.
The Fellowship provides youth with key opportunities for relationship- and skills-building that allows them to return home feeling empowered, connected to other Native youth, and well equipped to be the next generation of advocates for Indian health.
Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship
The inaugural group of Health Policy Fellows received Indian health policy, law, and advocacy training, strengthened their leadership skills, and learned how to effectively serve as future Tribal leaders and Board members.
NIHB hopes to build off the success and experiences of the first cohort of Fellows and encourage all who are eligible to apply. One of the many goals of the NIHB is to teach tribal youth about governance structures and the federal trust responsibility and we will continue to work with Tribal youth to improve the healthcare system of Indian Country.
Deadline: April 6, 2018


Save the Date- Annual Achievement Celebration!

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Join us for an afternoon of celebration as we recognize and honor this school year’s graduates, student achievements, and program participants.

This year’s celebration will be held at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th Street. Lunch will be served and a headcount is required per attendee.

This event is open to Chicago Public Schools families and the Chicagoland Native American Indian Community members

Thank you for RSVPing in advance and we look forward to meeting you there!

RSVP here:

Lakota/Dakota Language Workshop

Free language class open to families and community members!
Friday, 5pm -dinner will be served, class from 6-8pm
Saturday, 10am class starts, lunch at 12pm, remaining class until 5pm

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CPS families, sign up now for our Spring Break Program!

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This year’s theme is “Exploring My Identity”

Tuesday- Screenprinting Art Workshop
Wednesday- Indian Land Dancing Bricolge Mural Exploration field trip at Foster Avenue underpass on Lake Shore Drive
Thursday- Field trip to the Field Museum
Friday- Dakota/Lakota Language class

Students will need to bring their own tree nut-free lunch each day. Please RSVP with Lisa to reserve your spot, or call 773-553-6598.

Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Internship at American Philosophical Society Library

Download Application and learn more HERE

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for three talented undergraduates to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia will offer a hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. The APS Library has rich and varied collections related to over 440 different Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Working with mentors, interns will develop their own archives-based projects or pursue research projects identified by the Indigenous communities with which the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) interacts and collaborates.
The 2018 NASI Summer Internship will take place from June 17 to August 11, 2018. During this time students will work at the APS Library and will also have the opportunity to travel to Native communities to share their work. NASI Summer Interns will join a vibrant intellectual community at the APS that includes other scholars working with Native American and Indigenous materials as well as undergraduate summer interns and library fellows from different scholarly fields.
Interns will receive a stipend ranging between $3000 and $3500 (depending on housing costs). Several college campuses in Philadelphia offer summer housing for interns; the APS will work with NASI interns to identify housing and will help facilitate payment. Additionally, the internship includes a travel allowance.