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Tribal Voices Returning To Southern Indiana
Updated August 29, 2016 12:15 PM
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(BEDFORD) - The Hoosier National Forest is offer public presentations this fall by two of Indiana's well known tribes; the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma. 

These family-friendly events and learn a little bit about Native American heritage and culture.

The first will be Sept. 12th at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence County Museum of History with Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Doug Peconge, Assistant THPO from the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

Then on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper with Michael Pace, former Assistant Chief of the Delaware (Lenape) Tribe of Oklahoma and employee of Conner Prairie Interactive History

The USDA Forest Service-Hoosier National Forest, as a federal agency, has a special government-to- government relationship with federally-recognized tribes. Native American people were the first stewards of lands now managed by the Forest Service. The Forest Service recognizes and honors that fact as they conduct their management activities today.

Seven tribes,all forcibly removed to Oklahoma in the early 19th century, consider southern Indiana their ancestral homelands and the Forest Service works closely with them to ensure their voices are heard.

As the groups work together and build relationships, they are reminded how important it is to dispel myths and stereotypes.

These events are part of the Forest Service's commitment to expanding public knowledge and understanding of the tribal history of southern Indiana.

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