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Beading & Sewing Circle Continues

As announced last week, due to popular demand, we have extended Beading & Sewing Circle for another 4 week session. This is the 2nd extension to this program and we are thrilled to do so because of the large community turnout and engagement. We have really been having a great time coming together learning, teaching each other, laughing and eating.

This week, we wanted to share some of the work that has been done over the past few weeks:

Community member, Patricia X., is showing off her large beaded medallion piece she completed last night. We were excited to see the final product!


First time beader, Chantay M., completed these earrings for her daughter


First time beader and sewer, Bonita L., working on a beaded hair barrette and regalia pieces for her son.


Earrings on the left made by experienced beader 7th grader, Asya H. and earrings on the right made by experienced beader Lisa B.


Forrest B. made the tobacco pouch, beaded the edging and started beading another project


Join us for the next 2 scheduled sessions, 4th session date still to be determined


Beading and Sewing Circle Spring 2017 2nd session

Join us for a Weekend of Lacrosse!

We are excited to welcome back, special guest Lacrosse Instructor, RJ Smith, to do a weekend of training for everyone of all ages!

On Saturday and Sunday, June 24th-25th, RJ will provide the following instruction:

10am-12pm Basic Instructor Instruction- RJ will be doing a more advanced training session for teenagers and adults who wish to learn the specific rules of lacrosse and how to facilitate community games

12 – 1pm- LUNCH

1 – 3pm All Ages Workshop- this workshop will be an opportunity for both children and adults to practice and play in a more relaxed setting.

Both sessions will be outside, weather permitting.

Location: Wilson Park, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave (street parking available)


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Check out our Summer 2017 Quarterly Newsletter!

Download the latest edition here: Summer 2017 Quarterly Newsletter


Achievement Celebration Pictures!

Congrats to all the Graduates this year! A great big thank you to all the families and community members who attended the Achievement Celebration, it was a huge success because of you! We had a packed house, and were so grateful to honor all the students who were graduating, their achievements, and recognizing our program participants, CPS teachers, organizations we collaborate with and our outgoing CAIEC council members! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you have more pictures, PLEASE share them with us! We weren’t able to take as many on our own from working through the event. We want to see your family’s smiles. Send to or share with us through Facebook

Download the Program Booklet here: AchievementCelebration Program Booklet

Download the Awards Ceremony Presentation here: Achievement Celebration Presentation


Join our Summer Program, Mni Wiconi, Water Is Life!

Get ready for our annual summer program! This week-long program will continue with the theme, Mni Wiconi, or ‘Water is Life’. Youth will go on a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, participate in educational and artistic workshops facilitated by teachers from CPS and play lacrosse with visiting instructor, RJ Smith. Please RSVP by completing the Summer Program Registration Form and email it to

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Join us for our Achievement Celebration!

Achievement Celebration 6-4-17

Join us on Sunday, June 4th from 11 am-2 pm to help us celebrate our Native youth of Chicago at the National Museum of Mexican Art. We will be celebrating all of our program participant’s academic achievements and recognizing all of our Kindergarten, 8th grade and High School Graduates!
This year, we are glad to have Dr. Beverly Jean Smith as our special guest Keynote Speaker! Dr. Smith is Diné (Navajo) and recently obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy Organization Leadership from the College of Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She also currently serves as the Assistant Director of Native American House at UIUC.
This will be a great community event with special award presentations and lunch catered by La Villa!
If you have an American Indian/Alaska Native child who is graduating from a CPS school, please let us know so we can present them with a certificate of achievement at the event.
Contact our office at 773-534-2735 or email Lisa Bernal at for more info or to RSVP. This event is free and open to the public. The venue has plenty of street parking as well.