LATEST NEWS EVENTS
New Bureau of Indiana Affairs Regulations
This is a bit of a long statement, but now the time has come for citizens of the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana to understand and support another attempt to Stop the Discrimination against the Indiana Miami. From the beginning, Approx. 3 years ago, President Obama proposed a task to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior, to examine, re-write and correct the current unjustified Native American Petition Process. This was the process that denied the Indiana Miami Federal Recognition. This re-write took 2 years to complete. Many items were changed and some Regulation specifics removed. Hearings were held across the United States. Vice Chief Dunnagan and Myself attended a hearing in Petoskey, Michigan. We were received with open arms by both the Bureau and Federally Recognized Tribes in the Upstate Michigan area. I gave a brief plea, in support of the re-written Regulations as we were a victim of this past process. It was received well. A provision was added to the Regulations that said any Native American Tribe that was previously denied under the old process would have the RIGHT to re-petition under this new Regulation. The Town Hall Hearings closed at the end of 2014. All looked absolutely promising that we would GET JUSTICE!. The New Regulations went to the Obama Administration for final approval. The Administration approved the new regulations BUT REMOVED the statement about tribes previously denied would have the right to re-petition. This was absolutely an indirect action of discrimination that affected the Indiana Miami and completely discriminated against us. The reasoning for this Presidential action was the Administration was getting pressure from a group of political adversaries from the Northeastern United States that were directly fighting against tribes in their areas that had already started casinos and had their federal recognition removed after it was granted. Regardless of the problems in the Northeast, this action affected the Indiana Miami, which had absolutely NOTHING to do with any of their arguments. The Regulations were applied to policy and became effective in late Spring 2015 and once again the Indiana Miami have been victims of Government decisions that continued to discriminate against us. This infuriated myself and the Indiana Miami Council. We contacted our Federal Senator, Joe Donnelly. We had many discussions with the Senator's staff. Understanding the "Moral Values" of the situation, the Senator Agreed that this was wrong and needs corrected. He agreed to propose a Bill in the United States Congress to allow the Miami the same rights to re-petition under the New Regulation Process. The Bill has been completed and we were waiting to see if our other Federal Senator Dan Coats would co-sponsor. I sent him a letter in early December, and after pressure from our Legal Team, they gave us an answer this week. Senator Coats has decided he would pass on this. Good News is, Senator Donnelly is still going to proceed with this without Coats joining. Now we wait for the proposal to be introduced and pray for the best results. Hopefully, this will move quickly and we can finally get the justice we deserve.
Many Thanks to Senator Donnelly for showing his side of intelligence and "Strong Moral Values" and deciding to act on behalf of the Indiana Miami. This support of Indiana's Indigenous People is by far the most positive support the Indiana Miami have ever received at the Federal Level. We have been continuously shut down, ignored, disrespected for many, many years in our own State and finally we have a Senator that will stand up and do what is right! You are Truly Respected for your character!
Thank You Senator Joe Donnelly!
THE MIAMI NATION OF INDIANA MADE THE NEWS IN THE WABASH PLAIN DEALER FOR THE O.J. NEIGHBOURS GRADE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER.
We were available at Paradise Springs from 9am to approximately 2:45pm on May 15. Miami Maiden, Savannah Mongosa danced the entire day and demonstrated to the school children the many native dances. We had brief historical lessons and allowed the young men to join on the drum and learn our customs. It was a successful day from all aspects. See some of the photos below. Many thanks to Savannah, Shane, John and Allen.
The Miami Nation of Indiana will be participating at the 2015 Lincoln pilgrimage
This event is located at the Allen County Library located at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, 46802.
We will be located in the Theater on Lower Level 2. All Miami are welcome to come and participate. The event will start at 9:00am and go until approximately 2:30. The Drum will stop playing at about 2:00pm. See schedule below:
United Methodist Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
On January 4, 2015 Chief Buchanan attended the St. Andrews United Methodist Church Service in Indianapolis. He presented the Church, Circles of Life Ministries, and the Tapalot Fellowship with a Framed Tribal Acknowledgement and Recognition Certificate, words from our song "Tapalot" , and framed photo sharing the Seven Pillars Sacred Property. What an honor it was to acknowledge our partners. Thank You!