Letter: From the Interim Executive Director
From the Interim Executive Director
Hello AIC Chicago Membership and Community,
For over 60 years the AIC has been serving needs and hosting dinners, events and community gatherings of various sizes for many wonderful reasons.
We have seen the opening and closing of many Native organizations, like the American Indian Economic Development Association (AIEDA), Chicago’s Native American Urban Indian Retreat (CNAUIR), and our beloved St. Augustine’s Center, the first to open after the AIC over 50 years ago.
As we have seen, meeting needs and offering services is only a very small way to describe the essence of the AIC.
It is COMMUNITY. Community coming together to support one another; Coming together to celebrate the newest baby members and pay respects to those who have walked on to the spirit world. Yet their spirits live on in this community, through the love and respect we have for each other, they live on. We see them in the eyes of our fellow members. We hear them in the voices, laughter and the thousands upon thousands of songs that have been sung in our tribal halls.
We will continue to push ahead, to support all our hard-working, dedicated staff and volunteers of all our community organizations, as we create new programs and deliver new services from any building we may be calling home. We will keep on smiling, arguing, eating and singing together as one Native Community.
Because after all, it is our land and will always be Indian Land.