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Our mission is to offer assistance, when asked, as a facilitator to the tribes regarding repatriation concerns, educate the public about various American Indian cultural issues, environmental issues, and build community among all people. The mission of the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities is to promote the affiliation of Native Americans of all nations residing in the Quad Cities area and Non-Native friends into an educational, civic, and cultural organization with their office location in Moline, Iowa.

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Traces are all around, but it is often obscured or even forgotten that Chicago is built on land that was home to various Native American tribes for hundreds of years. One of the first permanent settlers of the area was a Potawatomi woman named Kittahawa, who ensured the trading success of her husband, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, by acting as a liaison and translator to her fellow Native Americans.

Learn more about the history of Native Americans in Chicago and the origins of place names and street paths in this "Ask Geoffrey" segment from Chicago Tonight.

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And then Native Americans were almost entirely removed from the region through bloody conflicts and unfair treaties that ceded their land to Europeans. Photo: American Indian Center. After the removal of Native Americans from the region, Chicago did not have a ificant Native presence for over a hundred years.

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But in the s, the federal government enacted a new policy to address what it saw as the Indian problem — one in a long line of disastrous and discriminatory policies that have removed Native Americans from their land, led to high rates of poverty, and otherwise disadvantaged and disenfranchised them. While the government paid to relocate Native Americans and provided some vocational training, many Native Americans struggled to find work and adapt to an urban lifestyle upon arriving in cities.

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They start coming to brand-new places that they have no experience with. We can provide them with resources, with education, and just be a place where everyone can come and hang out. So the Indian Center was born. Chicago today has the third-largest urban Indian population in the United States, with more than 65, Native Americans in the greater metropolitan area and some different tribes represented.

The American Indian Center, founded inis the oldest urban Indian center in the country.

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For decades, it was located in a former Masonic lodge on Wilson Avenue in Uptown, near where many Native Americans settled when they first came to Chicago. While the AIC originally offered social services in addition to cultural and educational programming, in recent years it has scaled back that aspect of its mission, Miller says. But we still need a place to gather and to practice our traditions and our heritage.

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Because the AIC supports so many different tribes, celebrating all those traditions can be a bit tricky — but also rewarding. The AIC also organizes events that allow tribes to share their distinct traditions with each other, such as a recent social dance. There is also an annual powwow, a gathering that includes dances and competitions. Nor has the AIC completely dropped its social service aspect.

It provides support and resources to Native people who have been trafficked with its Project Beaconthrough partnership with homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, drug counselling centers, and places that provide employment opportunities, among other organizations.

The AIC also served as a polling place and hosted a party to watch the returns from Illinois and for the record of Native candidates across the country. Members of several Native American tribes attended a land acknowledgement ceremony at the Field Museum on Oct. Photo: The Field Museum.

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The Museum also held a land acknowledgment ceremony to recognize that it stands on the traditional homeland of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi tribes. Image: American Indian Center. The two ends of the Walking Museum, at Horner Park and Schiller Woods, will be marked by two contemporary mounds deed by the Native artist Santiago x and built with the help of volunteers.

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We wanted to bring that part of their history back and celebrate it. View the discussion thread. Search WTTW:.

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Playlist History. The location of the American Indian Center, on Wilson Avenue While the AIC originally offered social services in addition to cultural and educational programming, in recent years it has scaled back that aspect of its mission, Miller says.

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Photo: American Indian Center The AIC also organizes events that allow tribes to share their distinct traditions with each other, such as a recent social dance. Image: American Indian Center The two ends of the Walking Museum, at Horner Park and Schiller Woods, will be marked by two contemporary mounds deed by the Native artist Santiago x and built with the help of volunteers.

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