saakaciweeyankwi neekawikamionki niipinwe 2013

The Miami Tribal Youth Summer Educational Program will take place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on July 2-5, 2013.  Children ages 12-16 who are interested can find the application packet and information HERE.  Applications are due to the tribal office by June 14, 2013.  Questions can be directed to Erin Dunnagan Oliver at (517)-974-4087 or

Cobell Settlement

The tribal office has recieved a number of questions about the settlement monies that some of our members have been receiving. The payments that are currently being disbursed are from the Cobell Settlement, updates to your address can be made here: The site will also provide you with information regarding what the money is and where it comes from. Not all tribal members were eligible to be members of either class, but many were. Additionally, some people were eligible to be members of both classes–the Historical Accounting Class and the Trust Administration Class. Claims for the Historical Accounting Class are currently being paid in the amount of $1000. Trust Administration Class claims have not been disbursed and can be filed until March 1, 2013.  The website will explain who is effected and who is not.  Questions regarding claims should be directed to the contact number listed on the website above.  

Additionally, citzens should make sure their addresses are updated with the tribal office in case additional information needs to be distributed. Address and name updates can be sent to or reported at 765-473-9631.

Tribal Member Brenda Hartleroad Passes

May 23, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brenda Hartleroad, 56.  Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, and an active member of the nation.  She served the tribal community for many years in a variety of roles in the tribal office.  Services are pending at McClain Funeral Home in Denver, Indiana. Additional details will be posted on the funeral home’s website as they become available:

saakaciweeyankwi aašipehkwa waawaalici niipinwe 2011

May 31, 2011
The Saakaciweeyankwi Miami Tribal Youth Summer Educational Program will take place from July 13‐16, 2011 at the Seven Pillars in Miami County, Indiana.  We will have a great time this year learning about music, Miami traditions, and making hand drums. The program will be held from 9am‐5pm.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday’s program will be just for campers who register ahead of time, giving our youth a chance to get to know each other. Saturday morning we will have workshops with Elders, which will be open to all Miami families, but we ask adults to register ahead of time so that we can order sufficient food and supplies. Additionally, we are encouraging families to camp out at the Pillars and spend Saturday afternoon canoeing with us. Friday and Saturday night we will have bonfires, with plenty of drumming, singing, and dancing!  If you are interested please complete and submit the attached application.  Don’t wait!  July is fast approaching. Applications are due to the tribal office by June 10, 2011.  Download application packet here:  saakaciweeyankwi aašipehkwa waawaalici niipinwe 2011


Indiana Bill to Provide State Recognition to Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana

March 3, 2011

Senator Randy Head, Indiana State Senator, District 18, introduced Senate Bill 0311 on January 10, 2011.  This bill would provide state recognition to the Miami Nation of Indiana.

State Recognition, which is a completely separate status from federal recognition, is a great step towards facilitating further cooperation and communication between the Miami Nation of Indiana and the State of Indiana.  It also facilitates inclusion of tribal perspectives in the state process and provides a multicultural understanding among public officials and the citizenry.

Additionally, state recognition would provide the Miami Nation of Indiana with protection under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and the Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act of 1993 which allows tribal members may proclaim their Indian status of their artwork and provides them with the freedom to practice their religion and ceremonies, which have been challenged in the past.

State recognized tribes can apply for limited federal programs such as education, job training and housing assistance; however, services offered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service are not available to them.  Such are only available through Federal recognition.

The Miami Nation of Indiana encourages those interested to contact their state legislators and ask them to support and encourage the passing of Senate Bill 0311 which is currently in committee awaiting a hearing.  Those interested in following Senate Bill 0311 can visit and search for the bill in the Bill Watch application.

The Nation will be hosting a Miami Meet and Greet at the Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium on Thursday, April 14 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  This event is open to the public.  Tribal leaders and supports will be educating the community on tribal history and the benefits of state recognition.

A PDF of the press release can be found here:  IN Senate Bill 0311 Press Release

Indiana Miami to Potentially Share in Cobell Settlement

January 26, 2010

Many tribal members have recently received information regarding the 3.4 billion dollar Cobell Settlement.  It looks as if those Indiana Miami who received Indian Claims Commission (ICC) money and were minors when the last disbursement was made (1985) have been named as members of the Class Action Lawsuit, because this money was held in Individual Indian Money accounts until the tribal member turned 18. However, if you turned 18 prior to 1985, we currently believe that no eligible IIM accounts were created and these individuals would not qualify.  For those who did turn 18 after 1985 check your mail and/or go to for more details.  If additional information becomes available we will note it on the tribal website.  Thank you.

Miami Indians 1846 Removal Memorial March

The Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana proudly invite all Miami familes, friends and the public to participate in a tribute of the 1846 Removal by means of a memorial march.

It was October 6, 1846, that the Miami Indians were split up and some removed to Kansas. It was the first attempt to divide and conquer Indiana’s Indigenous People.

164 years later, we are still here and growing stronger every day. On Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 1:00pm, The Miami Nation of Indiana would like to respectfully invite all whom support the Miami to participate in paying tribute to all Miami!  We were all the same people before the removal and despite many attempts to separate us, we still have maintained tribal status both in Indiana and in Oklahoma. We are a strong people and will continue to grow in all aspects.

The March will take place starting at the Miami Nation of Indiana Tribal Complex and commence South on North Miami turning into South Miami to West Canal Street , turning East on West Canal to the Wabash River. The event will last approximately 1 hour – 1 hour and 30 minutes.

At the conclusion of the March, we will convene at the Wabash River. During this non-political event, we will share our prayers together. Wreaths with the names of who were removed on the riverboats in 1846 will be floated down the Wabash River. Peru Mayor Jim Walker will speak on behalf of the City. Chief Brian Buchanan will offer prayer and condolences to all Miami. There will be a special time allotted for prayer offerings from other community organizations.  Additionally, there will be prayer and drumming throughout the tribute.

This is a time to thank the Creator for having this opportunity to pay our respects to those ancestors whom suffered during this time in history!

Respectfully Submitted,

Akima Tandaksa, Chief Brian J. Buchanan


Members of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana were honored by Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, August 24, 2009, with a proclamation acknowledging their ancestors’ contributions and sacrifices to both the United States and to their tribal heritage.

The Miami Nation “has faithfully served when called upon to bear arms in protection of their fellow Hoosiers and Americans. The tribe honors many veterans who served in World War I, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, and many other areas of conflict,” the proclamation reads.“The Board of Commissioners of Wabash County is pleased to recognize the sovereign Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana,” the proclamation began. “The Miami Nation of Indiana is the present-day incarnation of the clans, bands, and divisions historically known as the Miami Indians, they have lived in the lands now known as the State of Indiana, County of Wabash, since the tribe’s early existence.”

The proclamation continues, “The Miami Nation of Indiana has a culture rich in tradition and a heritage that has been handed down from one generation to the next. They have maintained their sense of community from the days of treaties until the present day despite social, economic, and military instabilities.”

“A treaty close to the heart of the Miami Nation, the Treaty of Greenville, stating promises of peace and perpetual friendship, lives in the hearts of the Miami people today, as it did when the U.S. and the Miami pledged this commitment to one another … .”

The commissioners commended the tribe3 for its many valuable contributions to the county, state and country, and said the resolution was “prepared for the tribe as an expression of highest esteem from the County of Wabash.”

(Pictured below are Chief Brian J. Buchanan, Wabash City Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, and Vice-Chief John Dunnagan at the Wabash City Council Meeting. The City Council also presented the tribe with a proclamation recognizing the Miami of Indiana within the city of Wabash at thier meeting on the evening of Monday, August 24th. )