The American Indian Center of Chicago
1630 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640-5418
(773) 275-5871Southwestern artifacts, jewelry, original oil paintings... where else but from the source? The American Indian Center was founded in 1953 and since its inception the center has been a visible symbol of Chicago's American Indian community for more than 47 years. The Center is located in Chicago's Uptown and is
Original Southwestern Indian ArtOriginal paintings by Robert are available for viewing and purchase at the American Indiana Center. The museum is open daily and the gift shops affords the visitors an opportunity to purchase true American handmade items by American Indian artisans. An outstanding display of Southwestern items at their finest: jewelry, clothing, handcrafts, original oil paintings and pottery.
The center is located in an historic building and affords many present day projects working with the school systems in educating
Sea Scouts of Montrose HarborThe American Indian Center hosts the "Sea Scouts". The Sea Scouts sail on Friday nights on Lake Michigan on the S.S.S. Red Cloud. The Sea Scouts meet at Montrose Harbor Thursday evenings and at the AIC every Wednesday evening. The American Indian Center of Chicago also houses the Merchant Sea Cadets, the Urban Natives of Chicago *UNC), California Indian Manpower Consortium, AMIC
History of the American Indian CenterThe Indian Relocation Act of the '50s, operated in concert with a policy of selective termination of tribal status, was a concerted attempt to break up the reservation system. Chicago was the only one of the five original relocation cities without a large in-state reservation. As a result, Native people from tribes throughout the country arrived in Chicago. In addition to the Ho Chunk, Oneida, Ojibwa, Menominee, Sac and Fox and Potawatomi of the north woods, Lakota, Navajo, Blackfoot, Papago, and many others were represented. The result was a multi-tribal community searching for a common social and cultural ground.
Annual Fall PowwowThe most important cultural program at AIC has been the enduring year-round calendar of Powwows, featuring the Annual Fall Powwow. Inaugurated during the first year of operation, the Fall Powwow has been staged every year. The monthly in-house Powwow and the outdoor Powwow have become intimately connected to the identity and indeed the very existence of the American Indian Center of Chicago. The Center is located at 1630 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60640 and for more information call: (773) 275-5871.
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