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WELCOME to the
American Indian Association of Illinois!

We believe quality education can change lives!

scholarships, tutoring and other support for American Indian students

The American Indian Association of Illinois (AIAI) is an educational non-profit that provides an accredited, 4 year college degree initiative through the Medicine Shield College Program and Eastern Illinois University. AIAI celebrates American Indian culture, language and tradition, through its programs and services. AIAI supports native excellence one success story at a time.

AIAI provides scholarships, tutoring, and other support for American Indian students through the Native Scholars Academic Program, the AIAI Adult Learning Center. AIAI strives to preserve and celebrate native culture through the Chicago American Indian Museum, Bear Claw Multimedia and the Black Hawk Performance Company. Teaching and learning native languages are essential parts of AIAI. The Thunder Spirit Institute, provides economic development educational activities as part of the AIAI vision. AIAI was founded in 2007 by Dr. Dorene Wiese.

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