Team & Family!
November is National Native American Heritage Month! It is a month to honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ inherent rights and dynamic cultures that are deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression. All of which are rooted in self-determination and self-governance.
KIPP Chicago recognizes that Chicago is the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa along with over a dozen additional tribal nations. It is also the site of trade for the Miami, Ho-Chunk & Sauk.
Our region is located at the intersection of several great waterways traditionally used as a site of travel, healing, and spiritual practice. These tribes & many others served as stewards of the land before us. Today, Chicago is home to the sixth-largest urban indigenous population in the country. Over 65,000 thriving Indigenous Peoples live, work & play alongside us.
May we learn to respect and honor their historical and contemporary presence as well as their belief that we must recognize our roles as caretakers of the land and waters for the use and livelihood of future generations.
May we commit ourselves to develop deeper partnerships that advocate for the progress, dignity, and humanity of the many diverse Native Americans who still live and practice their traditions on this land today.
This month marks four years since 200+ Native American tribes stood together to protect their land and water, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. Take a look at our Spring 2018 CMASJ art show, Just Add Water, that featured an installation honoring these tribes.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Register your class for a conversation with young Native foodies working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities.Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4 PM ET
Take a virtual field trip at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
This month, we will be using our social media platform to amplify and celebrate Indigenous voices, movements, and culture. Follow, like, and share in support at @kippchicago on Facebook and Instagram.
We want to hear from you! How are you celebrating? Let us know by tagging @kippchicago on your socials.