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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: To provide education to American Indians and others who may benefit from it.

Results: Graduated over 70% of all American Indian college students. Over 70% of all CPS students tutored improved one or more grades. Over 2,000 Chicago children and adults learn about American Indian history and culture through the American Indian Association of Illinois.

Target demographics: Low Income American Indians and others in the Chicago area. All ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,050 children and adults

Geographic areas served: Chicago and Greater Illinois

Programs: Medicine Shield-EIU University Program Native Scholars Tutoring Black Hawk Dance and Performance Company Chicago American Indian Museum Without Walls Bear Claw Multi-Media Productions Thunder Spirit Financial Institute American Indian Language Insitute

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I am so proud of the American Indian Association of Illinois. With very little funding, they have graduated more American Indian college students than any other college or university in Illinois. They also started the first American Indian Museum in Chicago, and continue the work of the oldest American Indian Dance group in Illinois-the Black Hawk Performance Company. They are truly terrific!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most incredible American Indian organization in Illinois dedicated to education for American Indian people. It provides a first class BA degree program called Medicine Shield,fully accredited through Eastern Illinois University in a weekend format. Native Scholars is the name of the after school tutoring program serving CPS children. The Chicago American Indian Museum Without Walls also calls AIAI home and the Black Hawk American Indian Music and Dance Performance Company is a Chicago favorite. Visit www.chicago-american-indian-edu.org for a closer look.

Review from Guidestar