Welcome to our Indiana State Facts section, part of an educational project
designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states.
Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history
of each Indiana tribe, or scroll below the map for Indiana Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages
of Indiana. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Indiana
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Indiana included:
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 the contact
information for the Pokagon reservation:
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: