Miami Tribe Relations

Miami Tribe Relations advances Miami University’s educational partnership with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma that has evolved since 1972. The Vice President for Student Affairs has served as the liaison with the Miami Tribe since 1983 and also designates a Student Affairs staff member (Miami Tribe Relations), shared with the Myaamia Center, to coordinate the varied activities that occur in Oxford, Ohio and in Miami, Oklahoma.

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Miami Tribe Relations provides support for Myaamia students as they show interest in applying to Miami and throughout their years as a Miami student. The Heritage Award tuition waiver attracts them to Miami and the office efforts are designed to assist them in feeling welcome and establishing quick and consistent connections on campus. Miami University is the only higher education institution that Myaamia students can attend where, in addition to their undergraduate degree, they will learn about their heritage and enhance their identity as Myaamia individuals.

Myaamia students are exposed to their history, language, and culture through a series of 1-credit courses and Heritage activities. These activities help Myaamia students get to know one another and build a strong Myaamia community on campus.


Efforts to educate the broader campus community about the Miami Tribe include:

  • Hosting trips from Miami University to Miami Tribe annual cultural events, and hosting representatives of the Miami Tribe in Oxford
  • Developing materials that increase awareness and educate about the contemporary Miami Tribe and the relationship with Miami University
  • Coordinating presentations about the Miami Tribe for classes or other types of programs

Key Facts & Figures

  • 5 graduate and 57 undergraduate degrees have been earned through 2015
  • There are typically between 25 and 30 Myaamia students enrolled and receiving the Heritage Award at any given time