PIQUA SHAWNEE TRIBE

Our History

 

 

 

The Piqua Shawnee Tribe may for all practical purposes seem relatively new, but this is not the case. Our Tribe is made up of members who ancestors once lived throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Alabama. Some people may be familiar with the vast history of the Shawnee people in Ohio and Kentucky. Names like Tecumseh,Cornstalk, BlackhoofPeter Chartier, and Blue Jacket blanket the history of these states from the early 1700’s through the early 1800’s. Settlements such as Piqua Town, Chillicothe, Kishpoko Town, Blue Jacket Town, Eskippakithiki (Winchester, KY) and others could be found throughout the area. We had close ties with Simon Kenton, Simon Girty and of course Daniel Boone.

Now, in the 21st Century, there are many descendants who still call Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky home. Many of their family stories are varied. Some avoided walking the Trial of Tears. Some families escaped into the Cumberland and Appalachian mountains, while others hid in swamps and less traveled places. While many did not escape removal, some did. After the turmoil subsided some families returned to their homelands. Many family members choose to live in outlying rural areas where there was little government scrutiny and their neighbors were not too curious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Piqua Shawnee developed our current Tribal functions. On July 10, 2001 the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission under the authority of the Davis-Strong Act recognized the Piqua Shawnee as an Indian tribe in the state of Alabama. In, 2008, the World Book Encyclopedia recognized the Piqua as one of four recognized Shawnee tribes in the United States, and currently, the only State-recognized Shawnee tribe.

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