Myaamiaki Who Fled Removal

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.

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As we saw in the September blog post, that when the U.S. Army arrived to force Myaamiaki from their homes, Myaamiaki from Waawiyaasita’s band, Peepakicia’s band, and Turtletown in Whitley County, Indiana, fled north to join the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Michigan. Using letters, records and genealogical information, Myaamia citizen John Bickers compiled the following list of Myaamiaki who fled Removal. In these lists of Myaamiaki and throughout these blog posts, linguist David Costa has verified that Myaamia names are written with current spellings, whenever possible.

Kil-li-com-i-kah and Family

Relationship
Seven people

Mat-che-ka-te-a-tah* and Family

Relationship
Five people
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Pigeon Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
MeehkwaahkonankaCaptain Pigeon
MaryPigeon
MihšakahtohkwaPigeon
Pe-waw-pe-num*Pigeon
OonseentiihkwaPigeon
SiipiihkwaJane PigeonDrake
On-ko-kuk*Pigeon
SoowilencihsiaJohn Pigeon
Otto-b(m)o-quah*Pigeon
Otto-b(m)o-quah* Jr
Unnamed
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Šaapontohsia and Family

Relationship
Three people

Beaver Family

English Name
Joseph Short
Alexander Short
William Brockway Short

John Soney and Family

Relationship
One person

Topash Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
Wah-sa-shuckChristina or TheresaTopash
Joetah*Augustine Topash
PeepakiciaTopash
KiišikohkwaTeresa or ElizabethCushwa
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Waawiyaasita and Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
Mihšiiweensa
PankihšinohkwaBetsyKagert Pokagon
Kattas or Tattas*Mary Elizabeth BurellBlackman
Co-wa-wee or Co-aw-wah
AlaamahkihkamohkwaJackson
Cow-cocke-ke*
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Additional information about the individuals named in the tables above is available in a Google Spreadsheet for viewing.

The next blog post on October 26 will provide a list of the Eel River band most of whom avoided Removal.


Post written by Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Diane can be contacted at dhunter@miamination.com.


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