American Indian Day

Image of summary of an act by the State of Illinois General Assembly to establish an American Indian Day, approved on June 28, 1919.

The State of Illinois was one of the first states to establish American Indian Day in 1919.

In 2017, MSA commemorates American Indian Day on Friday, September 22. The Northwestern campus sits on Native land, once occupied by the Council of Three Fires Nations, which includes the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. It is within Northwestern's responsibility as an academic institution to disseminate knowledge about Native peoples and the institution's history with them. 

For more information about Native Americans in Illinois: 

To learn more about Native American community on campus:

  • Contact Jasmine Gurneau, Senior Program Coordinator of Native American & Indigenous Initiatives-Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, at