Native American Student Resources

"The secret of our success is that we never, never give up."  ~Wilma Mankiller, first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Academic and Career Resources


The goal of the RISE Scholars program is to support underrepresented students, including Black and Latino students and those from other ethnic groups, through comprehensive and collaborative academic and social supports. This program is for incoming, full-time Parkland students.


TRiO Student Support Services at Parkland College promotes equal opportunity to succeed by providing high-quality and responsive support services for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

Parkland College's Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) program helps in-district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. SWFT was founded with the support of the Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative grant. We strive to close the career gap by assisting underserved residents in advancing their academic and professional careers.

Career Services

Whether you are a student choosing a college major or you are a dislocated worker, career changer, or retiree, we have career resources and services designed to assist you.


Engagement and Mental Health Resources

Student Organizations

Student Life maintains a list of  student organizations that are currently active, as well as ones that have existed in the past but have become inactive. If you do not find one that meets your interests, contact Student Life for information on starting a new one.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement supports and promotes the active engagement of the College’s students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the communities of Illinois Community College District 505. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

Counseling Support Center

Our Counseling Support Center offers counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring, and more.


Parkland is part of TalkCampus, an anonymous mental health peer support network, available to you 24/7. The TalkCampus platform combines intuitive design, clinical excellence, world-class technology and global support to over 250 institutions and millions of students worldwide. Available in 26 languages.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Native American House, University of Illinois

The Native American House (NAH) was created after years of Native student activism and lobbying efforts of university-affiliated individuals and Champaign-Urbana community members. NAH provides events and programs throughout the year.

Welcome to the Pow-wow: An Intertribal Pow-wow Experience

A permanent exhibit at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. Pow-wows are celebrations of life, community, and culture. The Welcome to the Pow-wow exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company with the goal of providing information about the different elements of pow-wows including drumming, dancing, regalia, and vendors.


Midwest Soarring Foundation logo

Midwest SOARRING (Save Our Ancestors Remains & Resources Indigenous Network Group) Foundation was formed in November of 1996. Its mission is to offer assistance, when asked, as a facilitator to the tribes regarding repatriation concerns, educate the public about various American Indian cultural issues, environmental issues, and build community among all people. The Midwest SOARRING Foundation hosts an Annual Harvest Pow Wow in northern Illinois.

American Indian Association Of Illinois

American Indian Association of Illinois logo

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 provides scholarships, tutoring and other support for American Indian students and offers cultural celebration and preservation activities through the Chicago American Indian Museum, Bear Claw Multimedia and the Black Hawk Performance Company.

National Resources

National Resources

We R Native

We R Native logo We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. They strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large.

Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Indian Health Service.png The IHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) serves as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management, and administration of behavioral health, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence prevention programs for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.

Mental Health Resources for Marginalized Communities

webpage detailing general resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including resources specific to Native and Indigenous Peoples.

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists logo Inclusive Therapists is an organization cultivated by BIPOC mental health professionals committed to allyship, advocacy, activism, and abolition. Their mission is to dismantle discrimination and prioritize intersectional healing for BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ communities.