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Who Are The Piqua Shawnee Tribe?

Currently, there are nine tribes that are recognized by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission. One of these nine tribes is the Piqua Shawnee tribe. There is evidence in what is now Alabama that dates back hundreds of years. Many people in this area have likely heard of this tribe before. This article is going to teach you more about the history of the Piqua Shawnee tribe and how they have impacted the area they inhabit.

When it first started out, the Shawnee tribe was around the area that Indiana and Ohio are currently in place within our United States. The Piqua portion was one out of the five divisions of the tribe and it was named for the legend of an evil man that was sent back from the dead to be in charge of a group of the Shawnee people so that they could walk in harmony. This man that came back from the dead will appear in front of a group of these people in a cloud of smoke that came from their fire.

After some time, these people were forced to disperse due to the fact that other tribes wanted what they had. Some of the people that scattered ended up in what is Alabama today. The Piqua Shawnee were able to learn how to live with all of the other tribes that were already located in this area once they got there. Many of the traders that came through this area assumed they were all one big tribe because of how they did get along. There were many wars that followed in the coming years and during this time, many of the Shawnee in other areas started to seek refuge in this larger tribe that was in the south of the country. As time went on, this tribe grew and grew.

There are historians that believe that the Shawnee people have lived in the same area in Alabama for a longer period of time than any other area in the country. There is evidence that archaeologists have found that show evidence proving the idea that the Shawnee tribe lived in this area since the late 1600s, which is quite a long time and longer than many other tribes.

There are many people that are descendants of this tribe that still live in Alabama. A lot of the families that did not stay in Alabama left because of the different types of policies that the Andrew Jackson administration put into place. A lot of information has been lost on this tribe because of this, but there is still plenty to learn.

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