Schaumburg art gallery honored for veteran assistance
Schaumburg's Trickster Art Gallery's efforts to help Illinois veterans has earned it the Illinois Veterans’ Business Appreciation Award for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, according to a press release.
The state’s only Native American-owned-and-operated institution is a national leader in honoring Native American veterans, the release said. Two years ago, Trickster held the first National Gathering of American Indian veterans, which brought together service members from 32 tribes from various eras. During the event, the gallery worked to capture the veterans’ stories, interviewing them about their service to preserve their contributions for future generations. The Trickster Art Gallery is also partnered with local and state veterans groups to increase access to post-traumatic stress disorder and combat-related illness services.
“The Department of Defense has documented that American Indians have the highest enlistment rate in the U.S. military than any other race of people in the service (22 percent),” Erica Jeffries, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said in the press release. “We truly appreciate all that the Trickster Art Gallery does for our Native American Veterans.”