We acknowledge with deep respect and gratitude that the land upon which our theatre company performs throughout the vicinity of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the ancestral homeland of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Menominee Nation.
We acknowledge the enduring connection that these First Nations people have with this land and we pay tribute to their role as stewards of this territory. Their rich history, culture, and traditions are an integral part of the tapestry of this region.
This acknowledgement is important because it serves as a reminder of the historical and ongoing presence of Indigenous peoples in this region. It recognizes the painful legacy of colonization, dispossession, and forced removal that the Ho-Chunk and Menominee Nations have endured, as well as the other 10 First Nations communities of Wisconsin: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Brothertown Indian Nation, Forest County Potawatomi, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Mole Lake (Sokaogon Chippewa Community) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Saint Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, and Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians.
As a theatre company, we commit ourselves to honoring and respecting the legacy of the First Nation communities of Wisconsin. It is a step towards fostering understanding, respect, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. We encourage our community to join us in this journey of learning, reconciliation, and respect for the First Nations people of this land.