The Miami Indians lived not in Florida, but in the Midwest: Indiana Illinois and Ohio. The Miami originally lived in several areas near the Great Lakes. It is believed that they lived to the west, south, and east of lower Michigan . The Miami Indians name means “Allies”.
The Miami Indians joined Pontiac’s rebellion against the British in 1763-1765. Read more about Pontiac’s rebellion by clicking here (don’t forget to come back!)
About 2000 Miami Indians live in Oklahoma and about 6000 in Indiana.The Miami tribe in Oklahoma has its own government, laws, police, and services, just like a small country. However, the Miamis are also US citizens and must obey American law. The Miami Indians of Indiana don’t have a reservation or their own government. However, they still have traditional Miami leadership and tribal meetings.
In the past, the Miami tribe was ruled by two chiefs. One was a village chief, chosen by the leaders of the Miami clans, and the other was a war chief, chosen by the other warriors. Today, Miami chiefs are elected by the people, just like mayors and governors. There are also about 1000 Illinois Indians (primarily Peoria and Kaskaskia) living in Oklahoma today.