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Indigenous/First Nations Health Care: Resources for Indigenous Students

Indigenous Student Organizations

Indigenous Student Organizations in Illinois:


Financial Aid and College Programs for Indigenous Students:

Please note: For a student to be eligible for many Native American scholarships the student should be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, otherwise funding will most likely be denied. A Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) card or document is generally accepted proof of membership in a federally recognized tribe.

Another good source of financial aid is the student’s tribe. Some tribes have scholarships for their members, although the awards are usually for very small amounts. Very often if a student does not qualify for a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/OIEP grant, the tribe will award a “tribal” scholarship. Each tribe handles its own funding differently, with different award amounts and deadlines, so it is best to contact the tribe directly.


Chicago-area Academic News for Indigenous Students:

Counseling Services

Susan Siokos, EdD, LCPC, BC-TMHTM, Personal Counselor
Chicago Campus: Office 6s31
Oak Brook Campus: Office 1314
Number: (630) 537-9853

In-Person and TeleMental Health Counseling (via video or audio)

Counseling Resources

Self-Care for Indigenous Students

" of the significant findings that has come from the existing research is that self-determination and capacity may be among the most important determinants contributing to good health in Aboriginal peoples" (Barwin, L., "Teachings around Self-care and Medicine Gathering in Manitoulin Island, Ontario: Rebuilding Capacity Begins with Youth," 2014).

From "8 Self Care Tips for Aboriginal Women":

1. Sleep: We all know how important sleep is, and getting enough sleep is the investment we need to be effective tomorrow. Don’t let the demands of each day keep you from going to bed at a decent hour. If you have more to do, put it away and leave it til tomorrow. 

2. Be still time: We live in such a rushed, over-stimulated, over-gadget-ized society.  Often we are going at such a fast pace, that taking time to be quiet feels unproductive, but its so important to connect to ourselves, the land and our thoughts. 

3. Exercise:  Regular exercise can transform your life, it gives you more energy! Exercise can be great for you physically and mentally. It provides a stress release and keeps your body healthy. It also helps your body release endorphins, which increase your feelings of overall well-being.

4. Food: Healthy food is fuel for your active body. Wake up and eat breakfast and try to avoid packaged foods. A poor diet can actually make you more vulnerable to stress.

5. Medical care: Schedule those doctors appointments that you’ve been avoiding (like the pap screen or your mammogram) while it sounds routine, these are the things that get pushed off our calendars so easily. 

6. Fun: What do you love to do? What is FUN for you? Basketball? Walking at your favorite park with your dog? Swimming with your kids? Calling a cousin to catch-up. Do something fun and just for you every week.

7. Unplug: Create sacred spaces in your days or weeks where you unplug from everything. No emails, internet, phone, nothing. Seize back control. Unplug regularly or you’ll burn out your emotional hardware. 

8. Social Support: Social support and your mob can keep you healthier and happier, creating a buffer against stress. On days that trigger you, or when you feel marginalized/oppressed, surround yourself with people who understand how you feel, attend a rally or maybe go to a community event. Friends and family can pick you up when you’re sad, burnt out and tired of racism and negativity. 

Native American Nursing Students

Nancy Skenandore: First Native American To Train As A Nurse