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Trunk-or-Treat Event Builds Community in Chicago


November 1, 2021

Melodi Serna (Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida), Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Chicago, and Matthew Mitchell (Odawa), US Navy Chief Petty Officer, attend the 2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the American Indian Health Services of Chicago on Saturday, October 30, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson)

CHICAGO-Yesterday, the American Indian Health Services of Chicago hosted a Trunk-or-Treat event to build community as the pandemic continues to waver. Created a year ago in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular Halloween event was initially organized by Young Native Leaders in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools American Indian program.

Families brought children to collect candy, learn more about the history of the community, and gather safely in the parking lot of the organization. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, attendees of the event had to fill out a survey for data purposes and get their temperature checked to attend. Members of federally recognized American Indian tribes could also get a free flu-shot at the event.

"This event is about bringing people together," said American Indian Center of Chicago Executive Director Melodi Serna (Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida) to Native News Online. "It's so good to see our community get together and be a community."


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