Today in Native American History

October 10, 2012
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Descendents of Jacco Godfroy attended the 2004 dedication of the Wea Tribe at Terre Haute historical marker (photo courtesy of the Indiana Historical Bureau). Descendents of Jacco Godfroy attended the 2004 dedication of the Wea Tribe at Terre Haute historical marker (photo courtesy of the Indiana Historical Bureau).
Dr. Mark Schurr, a University of Notre Dame Archaeologist, demonstrates the use of non-invasive technology on an archaeological site to Native Americans in the Prophetstown State Park area.

Native Americans from various tribes and cultural groups live in Indiana today. They have vibrant cultures, traditions, and languages (some web resources about Native American languages: Miami, and Potawatomi.)

To learn about Native Americans throughout the United States and Canada, visit the American Indian Library Association, an affiliate of the American Library Association, for bibliographies, oral history projects, and other programs. The American Indian Resources page provides links to resources about Native Americans, both past and present.

While the DHPA currently does not have an active program promoting or researching present day Native Americans living in Indiana, one of our partners in preservation, the Indiana Historical Bureau, provides information on its website regarding Native Americans living in our state. Along with the Historical Bureau, the State of Indiana also has the Indiana Native American/Indian Affairs Commission, which studies and makes recommendations to appropriate federal, state and local governmental agencies in areas of concern to our state's native and non-native people and communities.

There are many resources to determine if you have Native American heritage. Visit the Indiana State Library’s genealogy division or the Indiana Genealogical Society.

Source: www.in.gov
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