Awards program supports scholars from Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana

Miami Indians of Indiana logo on photo of The Pillars

Hanover College has established a partnership to support incoming first-year students from the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana. The collaboration is offered as a symbol of friendship with the tribe, which once resided on Midwestern lands that included southern Indiana.

Indiana’s statewide population includes more than 26,000 Native Americans representing greater than 100 tribes. The Miami Nation has a long history in the state, residing on Indiana soil for more than 300 years. Today, the Miami Nation of Indiana operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and strives to preserve its culture, language, heritage, community and regain its federal recognition.

Each year, Hanover will grant full-tuition awards to two incoming first-year students who are members of the Miami Nation of Indiana. The award will cover the entirety of tuition for four years. Recipients will be responsible for other college-related costs such as room, board and books.

“The Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana is very grateful to and very appreciative of Hanover College for both their recognition of us as a legitimate tribe and their amazing gift to the young people who are members of the tribe,” stated Chief Brian Buchanan. “This award program will have a positive life-changing effect on our young adults by empowering them through education and they, in turn, will empower and strengthen the tribe as a whole.”

To qualify for Hanover’s award, students must be residents of Indiana and certified by the Miami Nation of Indiana. Additionally, students must apply for admission to Hanover and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Dec. 1. Students who indicate interest in the Miami Nation of Indiana Award will then receive instructions to upload the necessary materials for review, including letters of recommendation and tribal certification.

Miami Nation of Indiana was once a singular tribe with the present-day Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe’s current members are descendants of the Miami Nation who were not forcibly removed from the Hoosier State during the mid-1800s. Headquartered in Peru, Ind., Miami Nation of Indiana currently has an enrollment of 6,000 individuals with concentrations of members in Allen, Huntington, Marion, Miami, Parke, St. Joseph and Wabash counties.