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Encyclopedia > Miami (tribe)

The Miami are a Native American tribe originally found in Indiana and Ohio. The nation's traditional capital was Kekionga, which is located within the borders of the present city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.


As of 2004, people who identify as Miami live in Oklahoma. The tribe was forced to relocate to Oklahoma reservations due to the 1826 Treaty of Mississinwas signed by Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville under his English name, "Joseph Richardville." The treaty allowed Richardville and his descendants to stay in Fort Wayne while his people were forced out of the state.


A corruption of the tribal name is thought to be the origin of the current name for the Maumee River which stretches from Fort Wayne to Toledo, Ohio. Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is also named after the tribe.


See also: other uses of Miami, Miami River


External link

  • Miamis of Indiana web site (http://www.miamiindiansofindiana.org)
  • Text of the Treaty of Mississinwas (http://www.miamiindiansofindiana.org/text/hist_treaty_oct_1826.html)

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Treaty of Mississinwas (806 words)
While the promises to the Miami elite seem for the most part to have been honored, the provisions for the maintenance of the lower orders were later modified to their detriment or ignored.
The "commoners" of the Miami tribe, as they might be called, were left helpless in the face of the Indian Removal Act and were often at the mercy of agents from the Bureau_of_Indian_Affairs, for whom the best interests of natives were not always a priority.
The tribe forecd to relocate to Oklahoma reservations due to the 1826 Treaty of Mississinwas signed by Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville under his English name, "Joseph Richardville." The treaty allowed Richardville and his descendants to stay in Fort Wayne while his people were forced out of the state.
Miami (Tribe) - LoveToKnow 1911 (113 words)
MIAMI, a tribe of North American Indians of Algonquian stock.
The English called them Twightwees, a corruption of the native name, which meant the cry of the crane.
A few Miami still live on a reservation in Oklahoma and in Wabash county, Indiana.
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