Organizations in the Chicago area

American Indian Association of Illinois (AIAI)

The American Indian Association of Illinois (AIAI) is an educational non-profit that provides an accredited, 4 year college degree initiative through the Medicine Shield College Program and Eastern Illinois University. AIAI celebrates American Indian culture, language and tradition, through its programs and services. AIAI supports native excellence one success story at a time.

5751 N. Richmond
Chicago, IL 60659

T: 773.338.8320
F: 773.338.8320

American Indian Center

The American Indian Center has events, community activities, and amazing opportunities for anyone hoping to learn more about or get involved with the American Indian communities of Chicago. The center supports a multi-tribal community and traces its routes to 1953. It has several volunteer opportunities available on its website.

Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC)

The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative maintains a directory of American Indian artists, artisans, presenters, and other business professionals in Chicago who are willing to be available for lectures, performances, storytelling, etc.

Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago and has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around us. In the Museum’s permanent collection, Ancient Americas, you will discover how and why certain cultures changed over time, developing farming, creating new forms of artistic expression, and forging mighty empires. See more than 2,200 artifacts, fantastic reconstructions, and dozens of videos and interactive displays that depict the amazing ingenuity with which ancient peoples met the challenges of their times and places. Complementing the Ancient Americas exhibition, the Hall of Native North Americans continues the story of the people who first lived on this continent. The Native American exhibition features artifacts from major tribes across North America. These thousands of objects tell stories of the daily lives and religion of Native Peoples, and reflect the importance of understanding the indigenous culture of North America. The exhibit includes a Pawnee Earth Lodge, recreated to exact specifications.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a few museums in the nation that focuses exclusively on the history, culture, and arts of the American Indian and First Nation peoples of the United States and Canada.

Contact: 3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Native American Leadership Council

Northwestern has established a Native American Leadership Council, bringing eight Native American community leaders to campus to provide counsel and guidance about our Native American Inclusion initiative.  The inaugural meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2015.  Council members will meet with faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across campus about a wide range of topics, including outreach, admissions, research, teaching, student affairs, and alumni relations. 

Newberry Library Consortium for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

This membership provides fellowships to graduate students and faculty members and grants them the opportunity to participate in a variety of different programs. It uses resources from Newberry's collections in American Indian and indigenous studies.