Conference Details

2018 Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative Urban Native Education Conference



The organizers of this conference are situated in urban Indian Chicago, by which they mean that their focus, research, teaching, and service is working for and with American Indian people and communities in Chicagoland. 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 reality. We created a theme- identity, kinship, belonging- that is broad and encompassing but also allows and encourages presenters to relate the theme to their particular area of interest and expertise. For example, Indian identity is fraught with legal, cultural, conceptual, and regional (reservation vs. rural vs. urban?) complications that tie into issues of kinship (can clans exist off-reservation?; how do I identify as kin when I’m a guest in another Indigenous territory?), and the experience of belonging (is belonging synonymous with inclusion?; if I’m “multiracial,” to whom do I belong?). This conference will facilitate the exchange of strategies, tools and research among Native American education in urban cities. Interactive workshops will be offered on various educational issues tackling the theme of Identity, Kinship, Belonging, from classroom learning to education policies and Indigenous knowing and learning.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm


Parkes Hall 122
1870 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208


Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, Northwestern University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, American Indian Education Program- Chicago Public Schools, Native American House- University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign, Native American Support Program- University of Illinois at Chicago, D’Arcy McNickle Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies- Newberry Library, American Indian Center, St. Kateri Center, American Indian Association of Illinois, Field Museum of Natural History, California Indian Manpower Consortium- Chicago Office, and Goodcity

Donations to support the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative are appreciated!