The goal of this blog is to create a place where Myaamia (Miami) people can talk about our community, our places, our ecological observations, and our shared pasts. In some cases, new posts will be written by George Ironstrack. George is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Assistant Director and Program Director of the Education and Outreach Office of the Myaamia Center at Miami University. As Myaamia people respond to these initial drafts and add their own perspectives and family stories, the focus will change to reflect this diversity. This blog will also serve as a forum for asking and responding to questions from both community members and non-members. Please use the comments features to post comments, stories, and questions. You can also email any of the above to George at

You can learn more about the Myaamia Center at 

You can learn more about the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at


5 Responses to “About”

  1. John Okuley said

    Mr. Ironstack
    I was so pleased to run across your blog. I grew up in the lands you describe, near the Maumee River. As children, we spent many hours walking the fields along the river to look for arrow points. I have long wondered what happened to the people that lived there.

    I expect to spend many hours reading your history to learn more.

    John Okuley
    Columbus, Ohio

    • aya John, thank you for the reply. We just returned to the office from a week along the Kociihsasiipi (St. Josephs) in Fort Wayne. Many of our youth who attended that program still wander those same river valleys (St. Marys, St. Josephs, and Maumee) and they’re still as beautiful as ever.

      As you read, let me know if you have any questions.

      kikwehsitoole (respectfully),


  2. Mark Kreps said

    Very nice article. Superb. One sided stories get boring quickly. Many aspects that aren’t taught open up.

  3. Patti Trueblood said

    I need assistance, I have an acquaintance that went on a “spiritual” meeting at a school. She was shown a box of bones and told the Myaamai Indians inhabited the area years ago. She would like to speak with someone to see what to do if these are indeed ancestors to this tribe. Thank you for any direction.

    • neewe (Thank you) Patti for reaching out to us on this very important issue. I’ve forwarded your request to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s NAGPRA officer, Julie Olds. NAGPRA – the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act – is the legal tool whereby tribes can protect the graves and grave objects of our ancestors and of the peoples who lived in our homelands prior to our arrival. Anyone who’s interested can learn more about NAGPRA by clicking this link.

      Within the Miami tribe of Oklahoma, our Cultural Resource Office is responsible for NAGPRA. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about the Miami Tribe’s Cultural Resources Office please follow this link – Contact information for this office is at the bottom of this page.

      How to Contact the Cultural Resources Office
      Julie Olds, Cultural Resources Officer
      Phone: (918) 541-2180

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