Published October 28, 2017
COLUMBUS, OHIO -The Ohio History Connection is hosting the second annual Tribal Nations Conference, October 31–November 2 at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. This conference coincides with National Native American Heritage Month, which is held each November.
During the conference the Ohio History Connection will meet with American Indian tribes who have interests and affiliations with Ohio. This conference is an opportunity to share information about programs and services and how they intersect with tribal interests. Attendees will also visit Fort Ancient and Serpent Mound, two important American Indian sites maintained by the Ohio History Connection.
There are over 40 federally-recognized tribes that are connected to Ohio through homelands, historic sites and treaties. Many tribes were forcibly removed from Ohio in the mid-19th century under Indian Removal policies, but their impact on Ohio’s history is significant today and is central to the history of the region.
“This conference gives us the opportunity to connect with our tribal partners from all across the country,” says Stacey Halfmoon, Ohio History Connection Director of American Indian Relations. “In our educational resources and at our historic sites, it’s vital that we share authentic stories of the people that once resided in this region. These connections allow us to preserve and share this important history with all Ohioans.”
“The Shawnee Tribe looks forward to the Tribal Nations Conference,” says Shawnee Tribe Second Chief Ben Barnes. “This meeting is vitally important for the Nations that were removed from Ohio and it is exciting to hear that so many tribal leaders and their staff members are to attend in Columbus.”
Ohio History Connection Director of American Indian Relations Stacey Halfmoon
The participating tribes in this year’s conference are listed below.
Absentee Shawnee Tribe
Delaware Tribe of Indians
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Pokagan Band of Potawatomi
Seneca-Cayuga Nation Ohio History Connection Director of American Indian Relations
Seneca Nation of Indians
Tonawanda Seneca Nation
The Ohio History Center is located at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. For more information, contact Emmy Beach, Ohio History Connection Public Relations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.297.2330.