The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans is located in Dayton, OH.
Ohio has a statistically small American Indian population, partially due
to the fact there are no Indian reservations within the State. Many
of our Council members and friends have come to Ohio seeking work.
They have settled here, raised their families here, and continue to earn
their living in this state today. However, as a result of relocation
or other circumstance, they have lost that essential link to their tribe
and their culture. Over the years, the Council has received many
requests from these families for programs which will help them reconnect
with their tribal identity, particularly for the sake of their children.
Thus, the naming of our organization is The Miami Valley Council FOR
in response to these requests, the Council initiated a program in 1995
Speak. Central to this program are the Elders, the valued KEEPERS'
OF THE KNOWLEDGE, many of whom have come to Ohio to share with our members
and friends thestories
of their personal lives and backgrounds, as well as, the tribal culture
addition to the Elders, many other knowledgeable and tribally connected
American Indian people have participated in this program by sharing their
personal stories, talents,
and experiences with us. Their participation has been in the form
of Council Fires, which are held in the evening in the open air.
concerted effort is made to find speakers from different tribes across
the nation so that
our programs present a cross-section of American Indian culture, which
the American Indian people and their descendants in this state represent.
Our programs have been very popular with our members and friends, and have
been well received.
following table is a partial list of participants in Our Elders Speak
programs and Council Fires which the MVCNA has sponsored.
Indian Prisoners' Rights
of and Respect for Eagle Feathers
& Its Treatment on the Reservation
Schools & Affects on Indian Children
Student opportunities for Higher Learning
of the American Indian Movement-AIM
Family History and Storytelling
Flute - Songs
November is Native
American Heritage Month!
of Indian Remains for Reburial
- Guy W. Jones, as Executive Director
in October, some ladies walked into the Mother Earth Connection,
a store in the
Oregon District in Dayton, and dropped off a bag containing human and animal
remains which has been found by workers who were cleaning out a garage
Avenue. The store proprietor reported to the Police that the bones
left at the shop. The human remains were later determined by a forensic
anthropologist from Cincinnati to be American Indian bones, those of a
female child, a 45 year old male, and another adult. The anthropologist
felt the remains had probably been removed from an American Indian burial
site, and dated
the remains at 400-500 years old.
had been proposed that a local museum be given the bones. However,
Valley Council for Native Americans contacted the Montgomery County Coroner's
office and relayed to them by phone the request that these remains be turned
over to the Indian community for proper reburial. Local television
stations helped, in that they aired interviews which informed the public
about the matter from
the Indian perspective.
to the Coroner's office, they received many phone calls from the community
in support of this position, and they made the decision to transfer the
remains to the Council for reburial. Representatives of the MVCNA
and the Ohio
Center for Native American Affairs (OCNAA) met with personnel of the Coroner's
office on Thursday, November 12th, at 11:00am to receive the remains.
The reburial ceremony will be held within the month. Thanks to all
who made the phone calls which
helped the Coroner's office in its determination to do the right and respectful thing
in this matter.
the State of Ohio, in particular, the degree to destruction and desecration
burial sites has accelerated during the past 30 years due to the value associated
with Indian artifacts and to the construction related to urban sprawl. The
Miami Valley Council is working to change the wording of present legislation in
the hope of slowing and/or preventing these incidents from happening in