Boarding Schools

Warning: this post contains distressing details. Recent news coming from Canada, particularly from the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School, Marieval Indian Residential School, St. Eugene’s Mission School and just recently the Kuper Island Residential School, has illuminated a sobering truth: for many Indigenous children, school was a place of suffering, trauma, and death. U.S….

Removal – Day 9

October 14, 1846 The Kaanseenseepiiwi ‘Ohio River’ On the third day of the journey on the Ohio River, Myaamiaki on the steamboat Colorado passed what has come to be known as Angel Mounds, a group of structures built from soil. Angel Mounds was built and occupied by people of the Mississippian culture between 1000 and…

Removal – Day 8

October 13, 1846The Kaanseenseepiiwi ‘Ohio River Yesterday, the steamboat Colorado departed Cincinnati with more than 300 Myaamiaki, the Removal Agent, the Removal contractors, traders, and possibly soldiers. Trader William Ewing wrote to Commissioner of Indian Affairs William Medill from Cincinnati that the Miami Nation left Cincinnati yesterday. He noted that those who had been sick…

Removal – Day 7

October 12, 1846 Cincinnati, Ohio Content Warning: This post discusses how Myaamia people were discussed by the residents of Cincinnati and the local newspaper. This morning, Myaamiaki disembarked from the canal boats. Many were still sick but probably glad to get off the boats. The Cincinnati newspapers reported that as Myaamiaki marched down Main Street,…

Removal – Day 6

October 11, 1846 Arrival in Cincinnati Content Warning: This post discusses specific names of Myaamia people impacted by Removal. It is possible that you may have a personal connection with some of those individuals. During this sixth day on the canal boats, Myaamiaki passed through Middletown and then Hamilton, Ohio. They could not see Miami…

Miami Tribe and Miami University: Our Connected Histories

In this year, the 175th anniversary of the removal of the Miami Tribe from our homelands, the Myaamia community is coming together to remember this history as a way to connect to our ancestors, to keep them close to us, and to maintain our relationship with them and their past.  However, this is not solely…

Removal – Day 5

October 10, 1846 Dayton, Ohio Content Warning: This post discusses specific names of Myaamia people impacted by Removal. It is possible that you may have a personal connection with some of those individuals. On this day at 11 a.m., Removal Agent Joseph Sinclair wrote from Dayton, Ohio, “I have just reached this place with the…

Removal – Day 4

October 9, 1846 Pinkweewilenionki Content Warning: This post discusses specific names of Myaamia people impacted by Removal. It is possible that you may have a personal connection with some of those individuals. October 9 was the fourth day that Myaamiaki had been on the canal boats, the fifth day for those who had been boarded…

2 kiiyolia kiilhswa (2021)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (74℉) aalahkwahki ahsenisiipionki. noonki šaayiipaawe eewanki. meemeekwa-hka piitilaanwi. noonki peehkonteeki kiinte saakiwa kiiyolia kiilhswa (keešaakosita). taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati kiiyolia kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> kiiyolia kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

Removal – Day 3

October 8, 1846 Canal Boats Content Warning: This post discusses conditions on the canal boats during Removal. The Miami Tribe was not the only tribe to be removed by waterway, but an overland removal was more common. The canal to Cincinnati had just been completed the previous year, and the decision to remove us by…

Removal – Day 2

October 7, 1846 Fort Wayne, Indiana Content Warning: This post discusses specific names of Myaamia people impacted by Removal. It is possible that you may have a personal connection with some of those individuals. For twenty miles or so east of the Pwaawikamisiipi ‘Little Wabash River’ near present-day Huntington, Myaamiaki in the canal boats had…