Advocacy & Political Action

Accomplishments:

  1. CAICC and the Indian Child Welfare Advocacy Program worked together to establish the first ever Native American advisory board consisting of community representatives within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
  2. A resolution was passed recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre adopted by the City of Chicago presented by Alderman Edward M. Burke.
  3. CAICC leaders met with Alderman Burke to thank him for his leadership and the resolution, share contemporary issues and opportunities through CAICC and talk about specific issues that are ready for action.
  4. Chicago Mayoral Race- CAICC sent letter to each mayoral candidate to address how they would serve the Native American community.
  5. Governor Rauner visited the American Indian Center where he expressed support of a Statewide Illinois Native American Commission.

Current Initiatives

  1. Establish a Statewide Native American Commission
  2. Plan for a congressional briefing about Native American issues
  3. Establish an Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Chicago.
  4. Get Native American representation on various relevant statewide commissions.

Organizations Involved

  • American Indian Association of Illinois
  • American Indian Center
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, Native American Support Program and Student Association

Join our efforts! You can make these initiatives a success. We meet the third Thursday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm. Contact Advocacy & Political Action Committee Chair, Kathleen McDonald at kmcdonald@mitchellmuseum.org
for meeting location.