Miami Tribe Relations advances Miami University’s educational partnership with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. It serves as the front door of connection for Myaamia potential students interested in Miami University. Once enrolled, ongoing individual and group support assists in personal growth, accessing resources and services for academic success, and making the most of the college experience. The support extends beyond graduation to Myaamia alumni encouraging lifetime connections with both Miami University and the Miami Tribe.
Miami Tribe Relations also serves as a “gateway” for interested individuals to learn more about and/or associate with the Miami Tribe. The intentional plan is to monitor the activities that are in existence as well as any new initiatives that may evolve into future projects with the Miami Tribe. Each activity, project, class, and/or visit is one piece of a much broader, continuously developing relationship. It is the University’s intent to maintain this relationship into the future at the same deliberate level as has been occurring over the past several decades.
Miami Tribe Relations is actively engaged in making the broader campus aware of and proud of the unique relationship with the Miami Tribe. Class presentations, campus programming, hosting visits to and from the Miami Tribe, producing display materials or publications all seek to share the rich history of the Miami Tribe and the ways connections with Miami University have deepened over time. Neepwaantiinki, meaning we learn from each other in the Myaamia language, aptly describes the foundation of this multi-layered reciprocal partnership.
Miami’s connection with the Miami Tribe began in August 1972 when Forest D. Olds (Chief of the Miami Tribe, 1963–1974) visited the Oxford campus. Chief Olds, Phillip R Shriver (Miami President 1965-1980) and Floyd Leonard (Chief of the Miami Tribe, 1974–1982 and 1989–2008) can be credited with laying the groundwork that flourished into the respectful and trusting partnership that exists between the Miami Tribe and Miami University today.
In 1994, a University task force studied how to strengthen the relationship with the Miami Tribe and one suggestion was to create the position of Coordinator of Miami Tribe Relations. Anyone interested in more information about the Miami Tribe should contact Bobbe Burke, Coordinator of Miami Tribe Relations. Also, visit the Miami Tribe Relations website for more information about the relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University.
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