Piankashaw Indians

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The Piankashaw (or Piankeshaw) were members of the Miami nation, although they lived apart from the Miami -- in far Western Ohio, and, by the 18th century, in the territory now comprising Indiana and Illinois. The United States referred to the Piankashaws as a separate tribe in the Treaty of Greeneville. The Piankashaw, like the Miami, spoke an Algonquian language. <p> In the late 1700s and the early 1800s, the Piankashaw and the Wea worked closely together, oftentimes sharing the same villages. The Piankashaw did not play a major role in Ohio during the 1700s and the 1800s, but they were signatories for many treaties involving American Indian lands in the Ohio Territory. As tensions with encroaching Anglo-American settlers increased, many Piankashaw moved from their 18th-century home base in today's Vincennes, Indiana to Kaskaskia Illinois, or to Terre Haute -- strongholds for the Kaskaskia and Wea nations. By the early 19th century, the Piankashaws forfeited all claims to the land in what is now Ohio.

The Piankashaw, Kaskaskia and Wea nations are federally recognized as the combined Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma.

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.