The work that went into making this website and resource was truly a team effort. An institution-led, community-engaged collaboration between the American Indian Association of Illinois and Northwestern University, this work was also generously funded by the he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Collections as Data: Part to Whole initiative.
Dorene P. Wiese
White Earth Ojibwe, Mississippi Band
President, American Indian Association of Illinois and President, NAES, Inc.
Melanie J. Cloud
Leech Lake Ojibwe, Band of Pillager
Director of Educational Development, American Indian Association of Illinois
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Former Graduate Student, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Co-director, Center for Native American & Indigenous Research, Northwestern University
English & Digital Humanities Librarian and Faculty Affiliate, Center for Native American & Indigenous Research, Northwestern University
Head, McCormick Library, Northwestern University Libraries
Rights & Ethics
Unless otherwise noted, all content on this website is from the NAES College Collection and has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. We also acknowledge that not all voices are able to be included in this resource and therefore have also assigned a Traditional Knowledge Community Voice label. Furthermore, we ask that any sharing of the content on this website be done ethically, centering the care of and concern for the many people, communities, tribes, nations, and organizations represented as part of NAES College’s history and continuing presence and legacy.
Our work was guided by the Collections as Data: Part to Whole Code of Conduct which states: “All project activity, both in person and online, aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, nationality, or political beliefs. Harassment of participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes any behavior that participants find intimidating, hostile or offensive. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.”
The work of this project was mainly done in Chicago which sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois.
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