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Steering Committee

The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC)

is a network of sixteen organizations and programs dedicated to meeting the needs and improving conditions for Native Americans in the greater Chicago-land area. All sixteen organizations are committed to a Memorandum of Understanding that clarifies the expectations and responsibilities for the collaborative.

A Steering Committee of sixteen delegates and sixteen alternate delegates representing each individual organization serves as the governing board for CAICC and oversees decisions regarding policies and programming. Committees focusing on Arts & Culture, Education, Advocacy and Political Action, and Media and Outreach further develop strategies and initiatives in their topical areas.

The Administrative Oversight Committee (AOC) oversees budget expenditures and modifications based on financial reports prepared by the Facilitator. The AOC also provides support for grant opportunities, report submissions, hiring processes, and strategic planning to the Lead Facilitator. The AOC works with funders and other public officials to meet the goals of CAICC.

Administrative Oversight Committee:

Jasmine Gurneau – Northwestern University

Shelly J. Tucciarelli – Visionary Ventures NFP Corporation (VVNFP)

Chantay Moore – CPS American Indian Education Program

Andrew Johnson – Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Marne Smiley –  Bumper Lanes, Facilitator [email protected]


The members of the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative are dedicated to furthering diverse causes and the greater well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and First Nations people in the Chicago area. We seek to maximize effectiveness by creating a forum for fostering mutual aid, political support, positive public recognition, strategic alliances, collaborations, and partnerships.

CAICC will convene organizational leaders and members of the Chicago American Indian community for dialogue, advocacy and planning with the goal of empowering CAICC to better address the issues and needs of the American Indian community.

Purpose & Scope

  • Establish a common vision and mission for the Chicago American Indian community;
  • Develop a comprehensive service and development model for the urban setting;
  • Move towards collaborative community relationships internally and externally;
  • Promote understanding and respect for our culture and communities, including the social, economic, and spiritual spheres.
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