Aug
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robust Indigenes Part 6 - the FINALE

Please join us for the FINALE of Robust Indigenes - an evening of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago. We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018. Our featured Storytellers for this event will be: Colin Wesaw (Potawatomi) Hilda Williams (Odawa) Joanne Maney (Ho-Chunk) 1 more storyteller TBD   EVERYONE is welcome to bring a story! For more information please contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

Please join us for the FINALE of Robust Indigenes - an evening of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be:

Colin Wesaw (Potawatomi)

Hilda Williams (Odawa)

Joanne Maney (Ho-Chunk)

1 more storyteller TBD

 

EVERYONE is welcome to bring a story!

For more information please contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

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Aug
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Water at Risk: A Tribal Leaders' Perspective

Come on out and join Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman Gary Besaw.  Both tribal leaders will be visiting Chicago and the American Indian Center to have a conversation with the Chicago community on tribal sovereignty and water rights.

*Please note, this is a two-part event in separate locations. 

The morning event location:  Lincoln Hall at Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.

The morning event time:  7:30 - 9:30 AM

The American Indian Center (3401 W. Ainslie St. Chicago) will be hosting the evening event.

Evening event time:  6:30 - 8:15 PM

Registration fee:  $15 per person

No admission for Seniors 65 & up and students with student ID. Please register for the event by emailing your information to info@aicchicago.org.

 

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Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kitchen Table Talk: Community Based Housing

Tentative Agenda:   6:00 meet and greet/ 6:15 Introduction /6:30 Native Housing / 7:00 Rent Control/ Remainder will be discussion around any ideas and epiphanies. The goal is to raise awareness around issues of housing and possible solutions or points of intervention for our community to organize around.

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Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

AIC Tribal Flag Hanging Day

Help make our building look and feel like home.  Come on out and give us a hand hanging flags and cleaning up around the building.  Bring your tribal flag to the AIC and we will hang it.  Email info@aicchicago.org for questions and ideas about this event.  

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Jun
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robust Indigenes - Part 5

Please join us for our *Robust Indigenes* event hosted at our new home in Albany Park! This will be part five of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago. We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018. Our featured Storytellers for this event will be: Daniel King (Oneida) Colin Wesaw (Potawatomi) Allen Turner (Lakota/African American/Irish) Rita Pyrillis (Mnicoujou Lakota) EVERYONE is welcomed to bring a story! For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org  

Please join us for our *Robust Indigenes* event hosted at our new home in Albany Park!

This will be part five of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be:

Daniel King (Oneida)

Colin Wesaw (Potawatomi)

Allen Turner (Lakota/African American/Irish)

Rita Pyrillis (Mnicoujou Lakota)


EVERYONE is welcomed to bring a story!

For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org
 

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May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robust Indigenes - Part 4

Please join us for our Robust Indigenes event hosted at our new home in Albany Park!

This will be part four of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 3 featured storytellers plus an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be:

Sharon Skolnick (Ft. Sill Apache), and two more storytellers - TBA

EVERYONE is welcomed to bring a story!

For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

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May
16
12:00pm12:00pm

On the Table...

On the Table... Join the American Indian Center staff in a discussion of community programs, new ideas and planning. This will be a Brown Bag Lunch gathering. Beverages provided. Tuesday, May 16th @ 12pm AIC Arts Room 3401 West Ainslie Street Questions?  Contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

On the Table...
Join the American Indian Center staff in a discussion of community programs, new ideas and planning. This will be a Brown Bag Lunch gathering. Beverages provided.

Tuesday, May 16th @ 12pm


AIC Arts Room
3401 West Ainslie Street

Questions?  Contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

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Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robust Indigenes: AIC Stories and Epiphanes

Please join us for our first Robust Indigenes event hosted at our new home in Albany Park!

This will be part three of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 3 featured storytellers plus an an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be: Louis Delgado (Oneida) Dorene Wiese (White Earth Ojibwe) Pamela Silas (Menominee/Oneida)

However everyone is welcomed to bring a story!

For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

Part IV will be held on May 19th

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Apr
20
10:00am10:00am

Lurie Garden Workshop: Resistance Gardening by the AIC

The American Indian Center's Education Department will be presenting as part of Lurie Gardens Adult Workshop Series. Our workshop will focus on the recovery of the original land base of Illinois while preserving and restoring traditional practices of land management, community development, and rebuild cultural connections to the land.

The American Indian Center- Chicago strives to create a community of Indigenous growers who are dedicated to reclaiming Indigenous Growing Systems in an Urban setting through revitalizing harvesting and gardening traditions related to our ancestral food sovereignty and security. In this workshop we will make connections of how indigenous language, creation stories, and songs are used to educate and increase the capacity of the American Indian Community of Chicago and our allies.

Free registration available here

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Mar
11
10:00am10:00am

Youth Mural Project facilitated by Chris Pappan

Join us in empowering our Urban Native Youth to become leaders through artmaking. The Youth Mural Project is a collaboration between artist Chris Pappan, the Field Museum of Natural History, The American Indian Association of Illinois and the American Indian Center.

The second session of this event will be hosted at the AIAI offices located at 1650 W. Foster Ave. on March 11, 2017.

Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Fawn at fawn@aicchicago.org.

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AIHS Family Night
Feb
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

AIHS Family Night

You are invited to come and enjoy an evening out with your family and socialize with other community families over dinner and music. Spot dances, "Cake" walks and various other fun dances will be encouraged to get your heart beat'n and your body groov'n! Valentine themed photo booth will be present!

Presented by American Indian Health Services of Chicago

For more information visit: aihschgo.org

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Gathering
Feb
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Gathering

Hello everyone! Please note that we have changed the date of the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser and community gathering so it doesn't conflict with another fundraiser. Come support you center and spend some time visiting with friends, family and neighbors!

$5.00 per person.

Plate will include Spaghetti entree, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Vegetarian option will also be available.

Saturday, February 4th 5-8pm Tribal Hall

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OpenMic! The Last Session @ 1630
Feb
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

OpenMic! The Last Session @ 1630

Our Arts Department will be hosting it's Final Open Mic at the Wilson building this coming Friday. This is an 18+ event, light refreshments will be provided. Come and share a story, joke or song!

February 3rd,2017 7:30-9:30pm 1630 W. Wilson, Chicago IL 60640

For more information please contact us at spencer@aicchicago.org

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Robust Indigenes: Stories and Epiphanes
Jan
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robust Indigenes: Stories and Epiphanes

A big thank you to all our story tellers and guests that joined us in the first installment of this series!

This even is part two of a six-event series of stories that articulate the vitality of the American Indian Center toward providing space and programs that resulted in a continuum of cultural practice and contributed to the development of identity for four generations of Native Americans in Chicago.

We will have 4 featured storytellers plus an an open mic format for anyone willing to share an AIC story. We are asking all storytellers to bring along a tangible item (e.g. photograph or something produced at the AIC, etc.) that will enhance your AIC story. Your item will then be digitally scanned or photographed and become eligible for entrance into the AIC Archives collection and to the development of the first retrospective exhibit for the American Indian Center, slated for Fall 2018.

Our featured Storytellers for this event will be:

Florence Dunham (Mohawk)

Robert Wapahi (Dakota)

Mark LaRoque (Ojibwe)

Cyndee Fox-Starr (Omaha/Odawa)

However everyone is welcomed to bring a story!

For more information please contact Dave at spencer@aicchicago.org

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AIC Winter Fest
Dec
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

AIC Winter Fest

Hello everyone,

It is time to come together again to celebrate our community.

Winter Feast is a couple weeks away, 17 December 2016, here at the AIC. Doors open at 5, dinner at 6 – 9.

Mr. Jack Campbell has generously obtained and donated deer meat. Jewel Osco has donated some hams, and our new friends at the Turkish Consulate General of Chicago are bringing “Turkish Kabobs” and traditional rice.

It is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.

We are asking for Healthy dishes of Wild rice, Salads, Wojapi, Corn bread, something to drink and more.

We will have music, special announcements, and small gift bags for the kids.

This will be our last social gathering here on Wilson Ave.

Come get some wonderful food, take a few last pictures of the building and enjoy each other’s company. After all, the smiles are the most valuable items we will be taking with us to our new location.

Hope to see everyone there.

Thank you,

Vincent Romero

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Nov
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

AIC Film Series Presents: Mekko

AIC Art's department is proud to host a screening of the Sterlin Harjo drama Mekko.

"Mekko, released from prison after a 19-year sentence, has nowhere to go and sleeps on the streets. When he is taken in by the native community, he becomes convinced that a man among their ranks is a witch."

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

6:30pm-8:30pm

$5 Admission

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Nov
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

November 19th, Giving Thanks Feast & Powwow

Join us for the American Indian Center's last great Powwow in this building.  Help us turn a page in our history.  Everyone is welcome to share their stories and their love for the community that has seen so many wonderful days.  Let generations come together to feast and honor this organization.  Yes, we are moving to a new location in the city, starting again but not starting over.

Bring the little kids and the big kids and the senior kids too!

Come CELEBRATE this historical event.  Truly a time to give thanks.

Many of our favorite drums will attend with dancers from around the country.  All are welcome.  Last chance to snag at the AIC on Wilson!

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Nov
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Bridge to Native Chicago: A Music Exchange of Jazz and Songs of the Southern Plains

Join us for live music performances of intertribal Drum songs and avante guard Jazz. Members of RedLine, a local Chicago Native American Drum group, along with jazz musicians from France, collectively known as The Bridge, will be the featured musicians for this unique collaboration.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

7pm-9pm

For more information contact Dave @ spencer@aicchicago.org

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Oct
23
11:00am11:00am

Indigenous Science Day: Mask Perspectives

The American Indian Center is bringing back Indigenous Science Days!

Indigenous Science Days is a community program that focus on culturally based science. The activities take place at multiple places in the Chicago- land area. This October Marks the 4th Annual Mask Perspectives Game at Montrose Dunes/Magic Hedge.

Mask Perspectives is a role playing game! Participants from all age ranges are given masks of different releatives we encounter within Chicago. Participants are encouraged to take on the perspective of their masks as we explore and rebuild relationships to Chicago's Indigenous Landscape.

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