November is Native American heritage month; check out some of the offerings in the Chicago area to learn more about Native American history.
National Archives, Chicago: Several hundred cubic feet of records are housed in the Chicago facility that documents the day-to-day life of numerous Native American tribes who resided on reservations in our region. Most of the records are textual, but there are some photographs available as well—you can check here first if you’re looking for something specific. The National Archives also recently revised their homepage related to American Indians here. There are guidelines to visiting the National Archives, so check here first.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston: According to the museum, “The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.” Their current exhibit is entitled “The War of 1812: A Local American Indian History.” Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, teachers and seniors. The museum has plenty of activities, exhibits, collections and programs throughout the year. You can find more information here.
American Indian Center, Chicago: Throughout its 50-year history, the American Indian Center has been a valuable resource to American Indians in the region. The Center hosts an annual powwow, potlucks, bingo, birthdays and other special occasions in the Indian community. They also help the community with healthcare, academics and other social programs. While the annual Powwow isn’t until September 2016, there are many other events throughout the year.