Wea Indians

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The Wea natives were members of the Miami natives, although they lived apart from the Miami nation. The United States referred to the Weas as a separate tribe in the Treaty of Greeneville. The Weas were a small group of Native Americans who lived in Wisconsin at the time of first European contact. They were part of the Algonquian natives. The Algonquian natives consisted of various tribes that spoke similar languages. In the late 1700s and the early 1800s, the Piankashaw natives and the Wea natives worked closely together, often sharing the same villages. In 1820, the Weas sold their lands in Indiana to the United States. They remained in Missouri and Illinois until 1832, when they agreed to move to a reservation in Kansas. The Wea natives did not play a major role in Ohio during the 1700s and the 1800s, but they did sign numerous treaties. In these agreements, the Weas forfeited all claims to the land in what is modern-day Ohio.

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.
  2. Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie,  Emily J. Blasingham, and Dorothy R. Libby. An Anthropological Report on the Miami, Wea, and Eel-River Indians. New York, NY: Garland Pub. Inc., 1974.