by Emily Ramstetter
In honor of Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, October 11th, we took a look at the organizations and foundations led by and supporting Indigenous people in the Chicagoland area. We encourage you to engage with the resources below to learn how we as individuals and as a collective, particularly in the nonprofit sector, can better uplift Indigenous communities.
October 11th also marks International Day of the Girl this year. Did you know over4 in 5 Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime and Native American women have the highest poverty rate at 28.1%? Learn more in this report from Native Americans in Philanthropy on centering Indigenous women and girls in movement making: https://nativephilanthropy.org/kb/womens_report/
American Indian Health Service of Chicago
The American Indian Health Service of Chicago, Inc. (AIHSC) was incorporated in the State of Illinois, City of Chicago on December 23, 1974. The mission of the American Indian Health Service of Chicago, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to the American Indian community and other under-served populations.
Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation
Based in Chicago, the Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization that promotes, sponsors, supports, and trains Native American girls and women around the country in the STEM fields.Programs are evidence-based, culturally appropriate and supported by the community and tailored to what works best in each specific community.
Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC)
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.