Miami Presents: Myaamia Student Experience

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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.

The Myaamia students who attend Miami University have a very unique experience at Miami University where they have the opportunity to learn about their Myaamia culture and identity while working towards their Miami degree.  This presentation will provide an overview of what it has been like for Myaamia students to attend Miami University for the past 30 years and how the Myaamia Heritage Program has evolved into a 4-year program that includes coursework, advising, and a variety of cultural activities for Myaamia students.

Kara Strass is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and works as the Director of Miami Tribe Relations for the Myaamia Center.  In her work, she strives to help Myaamia students be successful at Miami and also to strengthen the relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University.

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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