1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 30, 2021 4:27 PM by Charleen Vocca

    Which Indian tribes lived in Ohio?

    Sarah Haferd Newbie

      I am looking for a list of Indian tribes that populated the Ohio territory in the 1700s. Thank you.

        • Re: Which Indian tribes lived in Ohio?
          Charleen Vocca Scout

          Dear Ms. Haferd,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Central Map File-CA Numbers, 1800 - 1960 in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) that may include Ohio. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) at carto@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We suggest you review the National Archives Native American Heritage - American Indian Treaties webpage for additional information and sources.


          You may be interested in viewing American Indians - Ohio History Central from the Ohio Historical Society’s Ohio History Connection website, which states “The tribes known from the historic period—the Shawnee, Lenape (Delaware), Miami (Myaamia), Seneca-Cayuga, Wyandot, and others—moved into this region from farther east, north, south, and west. However, some scholars believe that the Fort Ancient people were the ancestors of the Shawnee.”


          We also located the  Historic American Indian Tribes of Ohio 1654-1843 made available through the Rocky River City Schools and written by the Ohio Historical Society.  Finally, the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Resources webpage contains additional sources for both prehistoric and historic Native American tribes in Ohio.


          We hope this is helpful.  Best of luck with your research!