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Native American Summit on Nov. 16, 2022.

Make your voice heard, meet with legislators. Travel and meals provided.

Know Before You Go

The Bus

What will my bus be like? Will there be outlets and WIFI?

Unless otherwise noted, you’ll ride comfortably in a standard charter bus with an on-board restroom, spacious seats, and ample storage.

Is there a restroom on the bus?

The Trip

Where are the bus pick up locations?


  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201


  • Tunica-Biloxi Chicago Branch Office, 600 W Cermak Street, Chicago, IL
What time should I arrive and when does the bus leave?

Northside pick-up leaves the Museum at 6:00AM.
Arrival at 5:45AM and departure is at 6AM
If you arrive after 6:00AM, you will miss the opportunity at this location and are welcome to meet us at the Southside Location

Southside pick-up leaves at 6:30AM.
Arrival is at 6:15AM and departure is at 6:30AM

What can I bring with me on the bus?
Every rider can carry a small bag (like a book bag) and store larger items (like lawn chairs) in the undercarriage. No alcohol is allowed on board or on the State Capitol grounds. No glass containers allowed. The following items are prohibited at all times on Capitol Grounds: any firearm, explosive, club, missile, chemical, or other incendiary device or other weapon. It is also prohibited to use or display any open flame including, but not limited to, ignited candles, torches, lanterns, or lamps. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are permitted.
Can I leave my stuff on the bus?
Yes. You’ll take the same bus to and from your event, so you can leave non-valuable items you will not need during the event on board the bus.
Where will I be during the day?
We have a room for hospitality and rest at the Hilton Hotel, 701 East Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701 This is where lunch will also be provided.

The Summit

What should I wear?

Wear something that shows your Native American pride! It could be a ribbon skirt or shirt, a beaded medallion, hat, or other garment or accessory. We will also be distributing some shirts from the NUIFC for those who would like one.

We recommend wearing comfortable footwear in case there is a lot of walking around the capitol.

Tshirt Print Design

Can I bring signs or banners?

Signs, banners, and placards are permitted as part of a permitted activity. All supports for these items must not exceed ¾ of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends, and cannot in any way be construed as a weapon. Any display of signs, banners, placards, and related items is strictly prohibited inside all Congressional Buildings. Any signs or literature cannot contain promotional advertisements or solicitation.

What activities will there be? What is the schedule?

The following schedule is tentative and may need to be adjusted based on the availability of Legislators.

  • 06:00 AM – Bus Departure
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Arrival at Springfield
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Press Conference: Drums, Song Prayer
  • 11:30 AM – 04:00 PM – Briefing Panel, Legislative Meeting, & Education Session (Depending on Legislators Availability)
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Lunch
  • 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM – Departure (Depending on Day’s Activity)
  • 07:30 PM – Bus Arrives

Pick-Up/Drop-off After the Event

When does my bus depart?

The bus will depart Springfield between 3-4 (depending on the day’s activity). If traffic is normal and there are no delays, we should arrive at 7:00pm at the south side drop-off location and 7:30pm at the northside location.


  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201


  • Tunica-Biloxi Chicago Branch Office, 600 W Cermak Street, Chicago, IL


How much will the event cost?
Participation is free! Meals and transportation costs will be covered
What food will there be?


  • Coffee (regular and decaf), donut holes
  • Breakfast burrito (available for everyone which will be given at the Southside Pickup Location and is provided by a Native American Vendor)


  • Corn chowder
  • Garden Salad with spring lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers served with ranch and Italian dressings
  • House-made meatloaf with mushroom demi
  • Roasted lemon garlic bone in chicken with pan jus
  • Home-style mashed potatoes
  • Buttered broccoli and cauliflower florets
  • Apple Cobbler


  • Sandwich and wraps (provided by Native American vendor)
Can I bring my children with me?
Kids are definitely welcome to join. Be sure to bring any specific items with you that they will need such as a stroller, extra snacks, books, and devices.
What are the safety measures in place?
The safety of our participants is of top priority. We are asking all participants to remain at home if they are not feeling well or may have been exposed to COVID-19. Please be mindful of our communities and self-monitor any symptoms.
This summit will happen rain or shine, cold or hot, so come prepared with appropriate attire.
If i’m driving separately, can I come down early or stay late?
That’s up to you. Because CAICC is providing transportation for the day of only, we will not be able to reimburse you if you make your own travel arrangements.
If I’m driving on my own, where can i park?

Free Parking, including bus parking, is available at the State Capitol Complex Visitors’ Center which is located on Edwards Street between College and Pasfield Street. Designated handicapped parking is found at the front of the lot. All lots are fully wheelchair accessible

Metered parking (free on weekends) can be found along Monroe Street and along Edwards Street in front of the Illinois State Museum. Carefully read signs or you will get a ticket.

After I park, where do I go?
Head over the the Rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol Building at 401 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62701.