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Native American Tribes of Indiana

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The original inhabitants of the area that is now Indiana included:

*The Illini Indians
*The Miami Indians (including the Wea)
*The Shawnee Indians

Other Indian tribes who migrated into or through Indiana after Europeans arrived included:

*The Lenape/Delaware Indians
*The Iroquois Indians (Seneca and Cayuga)
*The Kickapoo Indians
*The Muncie Indians
*The Nanticoke Indians
*The Potawatomi Indians
*The Wyandot Indians

There are no federally recognized Indian tribes based in Indiana today.

However, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, a federally recognized tribe based in Michigan, also has tribal service areas in Indiana, where some of its members live. Here is their contact information:

*Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians:
714 N. Front St
Dowagiac, MI 49057

Most Native Americans were forced to leave Indiana during the Indian Removals of the 1800's. These tribes are not extinct, but except for the descendants of Indiana Indians who escaped from Removal, they do not live in Indiana anymore. They were moved to Indian reservations in Kansas and Oklahoma instead. If you click on the link for each tribe from the list above, you can find more information about them.

Other Indian tribes, bands and communities remaining in Indiana today include:

The Eastern Miamis managed to resist removal and remain in Indiana after several battles and a negotiated treaty, but their rights as Native Americans were terminated by the government and have never been restored. Unrecognized Miami and Shawnee tribes remaining in Indiana today include:

*Miami Nation of Indiana:
P.O. Box 41
Peru, IN 46970

*Upper Kispoko Band of the Shawnee Nation:
617 S. Washington Street
Kokomo, IN 46901

*Wea Indian Tribe:
715 Park Ave
Lafayette, IN 47904

*Wea Indian Tribe of Indiana:
643 Mulberry St
Clinton, IN 47842

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Indiana state:

*The Indians of Indiana: History of Native Americans in Indiana, including migration maps.
*Native Americans in Indiana: Resistance and Removal: Article on the tribes of the Indiana territory.
*An Introduction to the Prehistory of Indiana: Online book about the pre-Columbian peoples of Indiana.
*The Fall Creek Massacre: Story of the massacre of Seneca and Miami Indians in Madison county, and the trials of the killers.
*Indians of Northern Indiana: Essay on the history of the Shawnee, Kickapoo, and Potawatomi Indians of Indiana.