2019 Urban Native Education Conference


The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative’s Education Committee invites you to attend the 3rd annual Urban Native Education Conference. This year’s conference will take place in Chicago, IL on May 3-4, 2019 at 2651 W Washington Blvd.

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.

The theme of the 3rd annual Urban Native Education Conference is Nurturing Our Knowledge Keepers. The organizers of this conference are situated in Native Chicago, by which they mean that their focus, research, teaching, and service is working for and with American Indian people and communities in the Chicago area. With more than 70% of the Indigenous population of the U.S. living primarily in urban settings, it is clear that urban Indian education is a significant issue.

Our theme this year– Nurturing Our Knowledge Keepers – speaks to the generational interdependence of Native people. How do we, as Native people, as educators, as scholars, as policymakers, secure the transferal of knowledge from one generation to the next? How do we honor and protect the knowledge keepers of today while providing learning opportunities and safe environments for the knowledge keepers of tomorrow?

Indigenous Networking Social
Friday Night
May 3, 2019 6-8:30pm
University of Illinois Chicago
East Terrace, Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL

Located just 3 miles east of the main conference location, this networking social is a chance to connect with other conference attendees and presenters. Fun activities and goodies for everyone so please join us at this event! Bring your business cards! Parking will be provided.

Conference Keynote Address
Dallas Goldtooth
(Mdewakanton Dakota and Diné)
Keep it in the Ground Campaign Organizer

We are excited to announce that the 2019 Keynote will be delivered by Dallas Goldtooth. Dallas travels extensively across Turtle Island to help fossil fuel and hard rock mining-impacted communities tell their stories thru social media, video, and other forms of communication. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s, a poet, journalist, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian.

Organization Info & Business Vendor Tables

The Urban Native Education Conference would like to offer the opportunity for attendees to learn more about CAICC organizations and to check out businesses and vendors from the Chicago area. If you are interested in registering for a table at our conference, please e-mail cmsoto@uic.edu. Space is free but limited. 

For more information:

Website: chicagoaicc.com/events
Email: jasmine.gurneau@northwestern.edu

Registration opens and light refreshments served at 8 am