Monica Whitepigeon in Native Education. Discussion »
CHICAGO September has been a busy time for Chicago's American Indian students. With kids adjusting to the school year schedule, Title VII has partnered with various colleges around the Midwest to incorporate better programming for students. Title VII American Indian Education programs are located all across the country and are designed to offer opportunities, support, and extracurricular programs for Native public school students and community members.
On Saturday, September 21st, Chicagoland high school students travelled to Purdue University for their American Indian Science and Engineering Society GeoScience Day. The university and Title VII co-sponsored the trip to introduce students to the campus, the Native support program and different science activities. Thirteen high school students and parents spent the day at Purdue focusing mineralogy, fossils, and stream effects. The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, engineering, and other similar technology disciplines.
Monday, September 23rd, Elmhurst College invited Chicago's Native community to become more familiar with the work of Robert A. Williams, Jr., Lumbee Indian Tribe, a law professor at the University of Arizona. He held an in depth discussion of his new book "Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization" which aroused questions on stereotypes, superiority complexes, and the allure of Natives to non-Natives. Afterwards the audience, mostly non-Native college students and scholars, was allowed to ask questions and voice their concerns about his subject matter.
This coming Saturday, September 28th, Title VII will host a meet and greet with a Gates Millennium Scholar recipient Frank Waln, Rosebud Sioux. High school juniors and seniors will be able to ask Mr. Waln questions about his college experience and be coached on how to apply for the scholarship. Mr. Waln is also a 2013 NAMMY winner for Song/Single of the Year and a student at Columbia College. He has a great passion to work with kids and encourage them to pursue a higher education.
Chicago Native students should never feel alone or unnoticed. Programs and organizations, like these, are continuously working to offer more and better opportunities for these kids as well as more exposure to travelling. As long as communities and schools work together, more Natives can share their success stories and strengthen one another.
posted September 26, 2013 6:50 am edt