Mission of the CAICC Urban Education Working Group

The mission of the CAICC Education Committee is to provide, advocate and support an inter-tribal urban system of education, through networks of Native American Programs and other providers to increase academic and career success for multi-generations which recognizes formal education and tribal cultures/traditions.

Meeting Times
The CAICC Urban Education Working Group meets once a month and rotates the meeting location between participating organizations.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Co-Chairs Chantay Moore or Samantha Selby.

Current Initiatives

4th Annual CAICC Urban Native Education Conference was scheduled to be held on May 1-2, 2020 at the University of Illinois- Chicago, 750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL. This event has been cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and its designation as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). We are exploring the opportunity to provide virtual programming related to this year’s theme: Indigenous Futures 2020. For more information, visit here.

Accomplishments

  • Hosted 3 annual Urban Native Education Conferences. See photos from 2019 Conference: Nurturing Our Knowledge Keepers
  • Developed research and outreach strategies to pursue passing federal and state policies to fund urban American Indian education programs. These discussions began with the Mayor’s office in FY’15.
  • Established a new Chicago-based education committee and built a shared education vision for Chicago.
  • Expanded communication between all education programs and services through the increased writing of articles, flyers, social media announcements and other communication. This included the publishing of a monthly calendar of community events by CPS’s American Indian Education Program and the development and updating of a Facebook group page by AIAI and the contribution of information and design ideas for the CAICC website.
  • A new expanded youth focus was established in FY’15, with Title VII, AIAI, Kateri, and community initiatives such as Chi-Nations and Native Scholars working to increase their outreach and programming to serve more youth.  This culminated in a three day Chicago Youth Summit on April 6-8, 2015, held at Title VII with speakers from over seven different organizations and universities.
  • A new oral history program began in collaboration with the Northwestern University, Journalism department, which will add transcripts and videos to the traditional knowledge base of Chicago.

Organization/Programs Involved

The CAICC Education Committee is made up of American Indian educators, parents and students who represent educational organizations and programs at all levels serving American Indian people in the Chicago area. All members of the community are invited to attend monthly educational meetings and become involved in the extensive assortment of programs and services available through this network of educational providers.

  • American Indian Association of Illinois
  • American Indian Center of Chicago
  • American Indian Health Services of Chicago, Inc.
  • Chicago Public Schools American Indian Education Program
  • Chi-Nations Youth Council
  • D’Arcy McNickle Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library
  • Field Museum
  • Native American House, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Native American Support Program, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • St. Kateri Center