This project was conceived in 2019 by the Rev. Chebon Kernell, a Seminole/Muscogee scholar and educator who then led Native American programming for Global Ministries and who now serves as executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan. Kernell recognized how his people, deeply rooted in this region, must continually assert their heritage and destiny as did their ancestors. He also knew that Muscogee, Cherokee and other peoples indigenous to the Southeast do not define their presence here as past history. Thus, he set out to propose an exhibit that conveyed their ongoing and evolving relationships with their homelands maintained from near or afar. In 2020, with the support of Global Ministries and its related Native American programs, and after consultation with ATL Airport Art, Kernell led a team of museum professionals and other Native American scholars to conceive the exhibition concept that has evolved into the exhibition This Land Calls Us Home.