The core project team for the Indigenous Chicago project includes Dr. Meredith McCoy, Dr. Blaire Topash-Caldwell, Dr. Rose Miron, Analú López, and Sarah Jimenez. Blaire Topash-Caldwell (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, a former staff member at the Newberry, and a former tribal archivist. Rose Miron, current Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, is a historian whose work focuses on Indigenous public history and public memory within the Great Lakes. Analú López (Guachichil/Xi’úi), the Ayer Indigenous Studies Librarian at the Newberry, has expertise in archives and cultural heritage resources, as well as in Indigenous narratives about identity, language, and decolonization. Sarah Jimenez (M’Chigeeng First Nation) is the Program Coordinator for the D’Arcy McNickle Center at the Newberry.
The Indigenous Chicago project includes subcommittees for curriculum development, oral histories, public programming, exhibit planning, and digital mapping. Along with Miron and McCoy, eight of the Indigenous Chicago project's advisory board members (which includes members of the Chicago Indigenous community, tribal representatives from Indigenous nations removed from Chicago, and Indigenous scholars) serve on the curriculum committee. These advisors have experience working in K-12 schools and higher education, education research, and community organizing, and their collective expertise includes curriculum development, Chicago history, K-12 schools, Indigenous Studies, tribal archives, tribal histories, Indigenous language revitalization, and representations of Indigenous people in media.