The primary goal of this blog is to create a place where Myaamia ‘Miami’ people can talk about our community, our places, our ecological observations, our shared pasts, and provide wide-ranging educational opportunities.

Posts on this blog are regularly authored by a team of people who work at the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

NameAreas Covered
Jarrid Baldwin (biography)Language and Culture
Jonathan Fox (biography)Education and Special Projects
Kristina Fox (biography)Education and Home Learning
George Ironstrack (biography)History and Ecology
Megan MooneyMiami Tribe Events and Special Projects
Megan Sekulich (portfolio)Artwork
Dr. Haley Shea (biography)NAAT and Psychology
Dr. Cameron Shriver (biography)History and Geography
Kara Strass (biography)Education and Language

This blog also serves as a forum for asking and responding to questions from both community members and non-members. Please use the comments features to post comments, stories, and questions. You can also email George at ironstgm@MiamiOH.edu.

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Aacimotaatiiyankwi is a blog created by and for the Myaamia community. As such, we do not discuss other communities unless we have been given permission to do so. Comments about other communities will typically be deleted. Our goal is to share educational materials and we will monitor all comments for factual accuracy. We also do our best to foster a safe learning environment in which abusive and derogatory language will not be tolerated.

Learn more!

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

The official website of the federally-recognized Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

Myaamia Center

A Miami Tribe of Oklahoma initiative located within an academic setting at Miami University.

Updated: February 11, 2022

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim Wilson says:

    Hi George,
    I am wanting to email you. We met at community engagement conference in Tulsa a little over 2 years ago. I am Jim wilson, LeAnne Howe’s husband. I want to let you know about an outreach project in Oklahoma that I am proposing to for a Whiting Humanities grant. I would like to refer to you in it, if possible.
    My email is jfw45051@uga.edu; look forward to hearing from you.
    Best, Jim

    1. aya Jim! Of course I remember you. It’s great to hear from you again. I’ll be in touch via email soon.

  2. Nate Poyfair says:

    Hoci Niihka! Neewe for the excellent resources. Looking forward to diving deeper into Myaamia history and ecology!

  3. Patti Trueblood says:

    I need assistance, I have an acquaintance that went on a “spiritual” meeting at a school. She was shown a box of bones and told the Myaamai Indians inhabited the area years ago. She would like to speak with someone to see what to do if these are indeed ancestors to this tribe. Thank you for any direction.

    1. neewe (Thank you) Patti for reaching out to us on this very important issue. I’ve forwarded your request to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s NAGPRA officer, Julie Olds. NAGPRA – the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act – is the legal tool whereby tribes can protect the graves and grave objects of our ancestors and of the peoples who lived in our homelands prior to our arrival. Anyone who’s interested can learn more about NAGPRA by clicking this link.

      Within the Miami tribe of Oklahoma, our Cultural Resource Office is responsible for NAGPRA. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about the Miami Tribe’s Cultural Resources Office please follow this link – Contact information for this office is at the bottom of this page.

      How to Contact the Cultural Resources Office
      Julie Olds, Cultural Resources Officer
      Email: jolds@miamination.com
      Phone: (918) 541-2180

  4. Mark Kreps says:

    Very nice article. Superb. One sided stories get boring quickly. Many aspects that aren’t taught open up.

  5. John Okuley says:

    Mr. Ironstack
    I was so pleased to run across your blog. I grew up in the lands you describe, near the Maumee River. As children, we spent many hours walking the fields along the river to look for arrow points. I have long wondered what happened to the people that lived there.

    I expect to spend many hours reading your history to learn more.

    John Okuley
    Columbus, Ohio

    1. aya John, thank you for the reply. We just returned to the office from a week along the Kociihsasiipi (St. Josephs) in Fort Wayne. Many of our youth who attended that program still wander those same river valleys (St. Marys, St. Josephs, and Maumee) and they’re still as beautiful as ever.

      As you read, let me know if you have any questions.

      kikwehsitoole (respectfully),


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