History

The relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University is one of a shared name, land, and commitment to education and learning. This relationship, which spans more than 40 years, exists within a larger historical context.

The timeline below highlights some important moments in this history, while acknowledging that the Myaamia people have called the Great Lakes Region home from time immemorial.

1700

1795

Several tribes, including the Miami, sign the Treaty of Greenville. This cedes much of what becomes Southwest Ohio to the U.S. government and opens the area to settlement.

1800

1803

Ohio becomes the 17th state in the union.

1809

Miami University is founded.

1846

Many Myaamia people are forcibly removed from their Indiana homelands to lands that later become Kansas. They were removed a second time to lands in Indian Territory which later became the state of Oklahoma.

First Myaamia students to attend Miami University stand in Shriver Center

First Myaamia students

1900

1972

Miami Tribe Chief Forest Olds visits Miami University unexpectedly, forging the first connection. Miami University sends a resolution to the Tribe asking for support to use Redskins as an athletic mascot.

1991

The first Miami Tribe students enroll at Miami University.

1996

The Miami Tribe sends a resolution to Miami University that states: “the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma can no longer support the use of the nickname Redskins and suggest that the Board of Trustees discontinue the use of Redskins and other Indian related names...”

1997-1998

Out of respect for the Miami Tribe's request, Miami University changes its mascot name from Redskins to RedHawks.

Students participate in Heritage class string activity

Myaamia Heritage class activity

2000

2001

Myaamia Project is created.

2003

Myaamia Heritage classes begin for enrolled Myaamia students.

2004

The first Myaamiaki Conference on Miami Tribe Scholarship is held.

2005

Chief Floyd Leonard receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Miami University at May commencement.

2006

Miami University and the Miami Tribe sign a Memorandum of Understanding to continue to engage in future educational initiatives together.

2008

Miami University and the Miami Tribe sign a Memorandum of Agreement, officially recognizing the Myaamia Project and lists details connected to its funding, operations, and intellectual property.

The Miami University Art Museum hosts a semester-long exhibit about the Miami Tribe.

2013

The Myaamia Project transitioned into the Myaamia Center.

2015

Removal of unlicensed Redskins products sold at retail outlets.

2017

May 13: Daryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center, gives the keynote commencement address and receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Miami University at commencement.

October 21: Miami University President Gregory Crawford and Miami Tribe Chief Douglas Lankford sign a new Memorandum of Agreement, launching the Miami Heritage Logo and Collection.

President Crawford and Chief Lankford signing 2017 MOA

President Crawford and Chief Lankford signing 2017 MOA