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Tribal Directory Locations: Indiana

<p>The largest tribes that lived in Indiana during the 19th century included the Miami, Shawnee, and Illinois tribes. However, refugees from other nations, including the Lenape (Delaware), moved to the state as well. After Europeans discovered Indiana, Native men traded furs and meat for valuable items like metal cooking pots. On the other hand, women focused on preparing food, caring for children, and making clothes. Native tribes often relocated their villages and grew complementary crops to avoid soil erosion and replenish the land, a practice that confused the Europeans. Also, although there were several tribes living throughout the state, they maintained amicable social ties and trade networks. Despite a copious Native history, Indiana doesn’t have any federally recognized tribes. </p>
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