Cultural Sharing in Chicago

 Fresh Tracks staff and trainers gather for a feast with friends from the Chicago American Indian Center. 

Fresh Tracks staff and trainers gather for a feast with friends from the Chicago American Indian Center. 

Fresh Tracks is in Chicago! The Midwest Training at the Dunes Learning Center in Indiana officially begins Friday, but the Fresh Tracks team gathered on Thursday at the Chicago American Indian Center, a cultural and community resource for nearly 65,000 American Indians in Chicagoland’s six county region.

Even though this is an occupied urban city, we still have a connection to the land.
— Janie Pochel, Youth Advocate/Advisor for Chi-Nations Youth Council.

Anthony Tamez, a CNAY Champion for Change, Generation Indigenous Ambassador, and Fresh Tracks Trainer, hosted the visit and explained the cultural importance for his family to welcome guests with a feast. After a tour of the medicinal garden and an honor song by Chi-Nations Youth Council Members, the Fresh Tracks crew presented the CAIC with gifts of appreciation, including handmade earrings for Fawn and Janie Pochel, Anthony’s aunties.

 Fresh Tracks Trainer Anthony Tamez leads a tour of the medicinal garden outside the Chicago American Indian Center on the day before the Midwest Training in officially begins. 

Fresh Tracks Trainer Anthony Tamez leads a tour of the medicinal garden outside the Chicago American Indian Center on the day before the Midwest Training in officially begins.