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Connecting to Tribe

One of the most important contributions any Native program can make is to honor and respect the sovereignty of Native American tribes and nations. It is with this in mind that our American Indian Programs operates with the goal of including these important voices in all that we do! It is not enough to teach about American Indians of the past but to recognize the incredible accomplishments and valuable contributions of contemporary Indigenous people that exist and thrive today! We remain committed to strengthening our partnerships with Native American tribes and nations with the intention of ensuring their engagement in the authentic work for which we strive!


Pokégnek Bodéwadmik | Pokagon Band of Potawatomi:

Chairman John Warren of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi IndiansThe Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians signed a partnership agreement with IUPUI leadership to develop educational and cultural preservation throughout the campus. Since that time American Indian Programs has continued to work to develop collaborative partnerships!

The Pokagon Band homeland includes six northern Indiana counties and four counties in southwestern Michigan. Its citizens are descendants of the Potawatomi people who have lived in that area for centuries. The only federally recognized tribe in Indiana, the Pokagon Band strives to strengthen its sovereign Nation and revitalize its language and culture. The Band operates different Four Winds Casino Resorts in Dowagiac, Hartford and New Buffalo, Michigan. The Pokagon tribal office in South Bend, Indiana is open and operational!

Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, John Warren was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana

Kiiloona Myaamiaki | Miami Tribe of Oklahoma:

The Miami Tribe originates from the Great Lakes region where their homelands lie within the boundaries of the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, lower Michigan and lower Wisconsin. Chief Douglas Lankford and other leaders of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma have opened an extension office in Fort Wayne to provide historic preservation consulting and cultural programming in the tribe’s ancestral homeland. Our IUPUI American Indian Programs was founded with the same ideas modeled by Darryl Baldwin and the other prominent founders of the Myaamia Center at Miami University of Ohio which is a tribal initiative located within an academic environment to advance the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s language and cultural revitalization efforts

Leaders of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, from left to right: First Councilperson Donya Williams, Second Councilperson Scott Willard, Chief Doug Lankford, Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Lawson and Second Chief Dustin Olds. Photo from Miami Nation.

Ša˙wano˙ki | The Shawnee Tribe:

Though the Shawnee were a semi-migratory Native American nation, they inhabited areas of the Ohio Valley, extending from Ohio and Kentucky westward into Indiana. Tecumseh, a noted Shawnee leader is responsible for the naming of Indiana and Indianapolis. Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa led a political movement which was the foundation of the Prophetstown settlement in 1808.After Prophetstown was destroyed during the Battle of Tippecanoe, the Shawnee chief fought for Indigenous rights in the War of 1812 until his death in the Battle of the Thames. Contemporary Shawnee leader still continue to lead efforts that are imperative to sovereign nations. Chief Ron Sparkman is directing important efforts such as the new Tribal Environmental Plan he just signed with the EPA. Second Chief Ben Barnes is educating local, state, and federal leaders on the challenges of Native identity and tribal citizenship. His pivotal research has identified that, "between the years 2007 and 2010, 26 fake tribes received over a $100 million in federal monies that should have gone to real Indian people.”

(Photo by: Gary Fife/Radio Specialist) Shawnee Tribe Second Chief Ben Barnes gave a presentation titled, ‘Faux Indians, Their Threat and Tribal Reponses’ April 28 during the 14th annual Continuing Legal Education seminar hosted by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court at River Sprit Event Center in Tulsa, OK.

Lenni Lenape | Delaware Tribe:

Traditional Lenape lands, the Lenapehoking, was a large territory that encompassed the Delaware Valley. Most Lenape were forced out of their homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. The Delaware Tribe is one of many contemporary tribes that descend from the Unami- and Munsee-speaking peoples and joined other Delaware who had earlier settled, at the invitation of the Miami, along the White River in what is now Indiana. Both the city of "Muncie" and "Delaware" county are named in honor of this Native nation. A recreation of an 1816 Lenape homestead can be visited today at Connor Prairie, an interactive history center located in Fishers, Indiana.

Chief Chester 'Chet' Brooks, Lenni Lenape

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