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Native Chicago

2022 – 2023
Starla Thompson dancing in a jingle dress at the shore of Lake Michigan, from the land acknowledgment video that opens Chicago Blackhawks home games.

Starla Thompson dancing in a jingle dress at the shore of Lake Michigan, from the land acknowledgment video that opens Chicago Blackhawks home games.

Key Question

Project Summary

The small settlement that would become Chicago was an important point of contact between the First Nations and colonial settlers. This research team will investigate how the groups influenced each other from first contact in the seventeenth century to the present. The research will contribute to a series of academic and public events and culminate with the publication of an edited volume.

Research Team

John Mark Hansen

John Mark Hansen

Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science

University of Chicago

John Mark Hansen is one of the nation's leading scholars of American politics. He is the author of three books: The City in a Garden: A Guide to the History of Hyde Park and Kenwood(2020); Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993), with Steven Rosenstone; and...

Nina Sanders

Nina Sanders

Curator, Writer, Cultural Consultant

Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) is a curator, writer, and cultural consultant. She has worked for institutions like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the School for Advanced Research, and the Field Museum, where she curated the groundbreaking exhibition

Starla Thompson

Starla Thompson

Indigenous Curator and Scholar

Independent

Starla Thompson (Forest Band Potawatomi) has served as a consultant for numerous institutions, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Lake Forest College, the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee, the Burpee Museum of Natural History, and more. She is the curator of Of This Place, an exhibition...

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