Myaamia tribe commemorates forced eviction 175 years ago
Tribe Now Partners With The University Of Miami For Language And Culture Revitalization
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Indigenous Peoples Day, October 11, also marked the day 175 years ago when Myamia’s tribal citizens were forcibly evicted from their homelands near the University of Miami campus in Oxford, Ohio. . Myamia tribal leaders, citizens, and University of Miami officials and students came together to commemorate that fateful day when it seemed all of Myamia had been lost. Their collective grief, however, was alleviated by recognition of the remarkable partnership between the tribe and the university that has helped restore the lost Myaamia language and culture, providing healing and recovery from the pride of being Myaamia. Recipients of the Miami Heritage Award program hung 330 strips of fabric on trees across campus, one for each tribal citizen who was removed from their home country in 1846, 16 years after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Today, 39 students from Myaamia attend college with a fee waiver as part of the Heritage Prize.
On October 11, the University of Miami commemorated the 175th anniversary of Myamia’s forced removal. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/egBkih2KRE
– Myamia Center (@MyaamiaCenter) October 13, 2021
Jett encouraged students and staff to read the recognition at all college events. “It is our responsibility as learners,” she said, “to educate ourselves on this history and to show respect and reverence for this land”.
Mary Annette Pember, a citizen of the Red Cliff Ojibwe tribe, is a national correspondent for Indian Country Today.
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