Miami Presents: History of Miami Tribe and Miami University

Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma first connected in 1972 when Chief Forest Olds, having heard about a university in Ohio that shared a name with his Tribal nation, showed up on campus unexpectedly during a visit to Cincinnati. What came of that surprise encounter is a now 50-year-long partnership between the two Miamis - one they plan to commemorate throughout 2022 including with this series of webinars.  Join us to learn more about the Miami Tribe, the relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University, as well as the relationship outcomes, including the work of the Myaamia Center and the Myaamia Heritage Program.

How did a tribe and a university come to build a fruitful relationship? Now celebrated as a unique and positive partnership spanning fifty years, the story behind the tribe-university relationship is both fascinating and critical to the histories of both partners. This presentation braids together the history of the Miami Nation and Miami University and their changing visions over the purposes of education.

Cam Shriver is a historian of early America. His research includes Native Americans and empires in the Great Lakes, and the history of Myaamia landownership. He teaches in Miami’s history department.

The presentation is available to all and free to watch online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Ellie Witter at with questions. The rest of the schedule of virtual presentations for the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma:

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