Join our Winter Literacy Club Challenge to qualify to attend a special field trip to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest!

Winter Literacy Club 2017Winter Literacy Program

Calling all Students!

Join our Winter Literacy Challenge and qualify to attend a special field to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest!

We are holding a Program Overview session on Saturday, December 2nd from 1-3pm. Here families will learn about the challenge and receive the materials to complete the challenge, ex. reading logs, book reports templates and receive books to read, if needed.

Remaining sessions will be held after school during tutoring from 4:30-5:30pm:

Monday, December 4th

Wednesday, December 6th

Monday, December 11th

Wednesday, December 13th

At the sessions, students will have dedicated time to read and also receive help with completing their book reports.

If families are not able to attend the sessions in person, they can download the materials  HERE and email to on December 6th and December 13th.


Apply now for ‘Young Native Leaders’ program!

Youth Leadership Meeting (1)Youth Leaders flyer

St. Kateri Center & CPS AIEP: Youth Leadership Program

 What is it? A group of students who want to become more involved in Native community programs and develop their leadership and professional skills. We want students to take ownership over the program so it can really be whatever they want it to be. It will be an opportunity to build a program from the ground up!

Who can join? We are looking for Native students in grades 6-12. If your child is not in this range and you think we should make an exception, please contact us.

What exactly will students do? There are many opportunities for student involvement!

  1. Both programs will have ‘jobs’ for students. These ‘jobs’ will vary and students will receive stipends for their work. There are several working options for Native American Heritage Month and we will release a job calendar soon.
  2. We want to send youth delegates to conferences and other public events. Students will have the chance to attend national conferences and represent our programs.
  3. The groups will be asked to complete some kind of ‘giving back’ project by the end of the school year. The idea of this project will come from the students, but some possibilities are: a fundraiser for a specific cause; a construction project for a local Native community or building; a public art project etc.

How to join? Apply HERE. The application is very short (should take about 5 minutes) and we do not plan to deny applicants. It is only a way for us to make sure that students are actually committed to participating.

Please contact Forrest Bruce (CPS AIEP) or Lisa Franqui (St. Kateri Center) if you have any questions or concerns.

Forrest:, 773.534.2735

Lisa:, 773.509.2344

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!

UIC is seeking serious applicants for their CHANCE Program

uic chance program spring

UIC is currently seeking HS Seniors who are SERIOUSLY considering attending UIC to apply to the UIC CHANCE – Spring 2018 Saturday College Program.

This program is designed to help strengthen academic skills in English & Math and to provide the additional skills that will assist with placement exams and ease their transition into college.

The skills learned in Saturday College Program will prove beneficial throughout your entire college career. Participation in Saturday College program DOES NOT bind the student to UIC however they MUST complete an undergraduate application to UIC.

They are seeking only the best and brightest and there is no charge for this great opportunity. Space is limited and completed applications are due very soon.

You may apply by visiting:…/saturday_college_spring_20…

In addition, you can visit ( for more information.

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