The Native Americans (Peopling Indiana)
Native American ancestors inhabited the land of Indiana from around 9,500 BC. European contact with Indiana s Miami, Wea, Mascouten, and Shawnee tribes began in 1679. However, Indians were forced onto western reservations in the 1830s. By 1850 only a portion of the Miami remained in Indiana. Many natives either assimilated into white culture or hid their identity. This scenario changed when Native Americans served in the military and at home during World War II. Afterward, Indians from many lineages flocked to Indiana. Along with Indiana s Miami and Potawatomi, they are creating a diverse Indian culture, expressed through pan-Indian as well as tribal activities, that enriches the lives of all Hoosiers. In the Peopling Indiana series.
Paperback. 130 pages. 2010, Indiana Historical Society Press. By Elizabeth Glenn and Stewart Rafert.