The Lyric Opera building is located on the ancestral homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, an alliance which formed based on the shared language, similar culture, and common historical background of its three historical members: the Odawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe nations. The Chicago region was a site of trade, travel, gathering, and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes, including the Menominee, Michigamea, Miami, Kickapoo, Peoria, Sac and Fox, and Ho-Chunk nations.
As the current inhabitants on these lands, we believe in the power of recognizing place and our relationship to the land and its community of caretakers, past and present. We acknowledge all Native peoples who came before us and who continue to contribute to our City. We honor the more than 65,000 current tribal members living in the area and pledge to make ongoing efforts in recognition of their knowledge, creativity, and stewardship.
We also acknowledge that, on this land, Indigenous peoples experienced a systemic and painful history of genocide, forced removal, and relocation that still impacts many Indigenous/Native American families today. We celebrate the resilience, strength, and endurance of Indigenous people demonstrated around the world.
As a Chicago institution, it is Lyric Opera of Chicago's responsibility to acknowledge this historical context and begin to build reciprocal relationships with the tribal nations on whose lands we are situated.