October 21, 1846 Bloody Island
Myaamiaki were still on Bloody Island this day. The next leg of their journey was on the Peekamiiki Siipiiwi ‘Missouri River,’ which would take them to the eastern border of the Indian Territory west of Missouri. This river is very shallow and known for its many shipwrecks. The steamboat Colorado, which was large enough for the Kaanseenseepiiwi ‘Ohio River’ and the Mihsi-Siipiiwi ‘Mississippi River,’ was far too big to navigate the Peekamiiki Siipiiwi. Not having made prior arrangements for a steamboat that could take them on the Peekamiiki Siipiiwi, the Removal contractors found it “very difficult to procure a Steam Boat to make the trip.” Removal Agent Joseph Sinclair reported, “They will make an effort to engage one during the day at some price. Should they be unsuccessful the trip will be made from this point by Land.” In the October 7 blog post, we saw that Myaamiaki’s horses were being taken overland while they were on the boats. If they had to go by land from this point on, they would not have had their horses and would have had to walk the rest of the journey.
In the next installment, to be posted on October 22, we will see that Myaamiaki are still on Bloody Island.
Post written by Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Diane can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.