Indians of Ohio

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Ohio is a Iroquoian word meaning "great river".

Tribes and Bands of Ohio

The Ohio Territory had been occupied by the Erie’s, which had become virtually extinct after battling with the Iroquois (1650). Many other Native American tribes relocated in Ohio Territory due to the large influx of European colonies that increasingly spread across their lands.

There were eight prominent tribes comprising the Ohio Territory.

• The Chippewa and Ottawa came down from Ontario and the upper Great Lakes area.

• The Delaware were from the New Jersey and Delaware region.

• The Iroquois Tribe was made up of an alliance of six tribes; the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, the Cayugas, Senecas, and the Tuscaroras. They drove off most of the other tribes to obtain more hunting and trapping territory.

• The Miamis, migrated from Wisconsin lived in the valleys by the Miami River.

• The Mingos name was given to a group of Mohawks, Cayugas, and Caughnawagas; they lived in the Southeast Ohio Territory.

• The Shawnees settled in the South, had migrated from Pennsylvania

• The Wyandots, lived in the North West and originally came from Ontario.

The Delaware, Chippewa and Ottawa tribes could be found scattered throughout the Ohio country.

Other Ohio Indian Tribes

Acolhuans, Adene, Honniasont, Huron, Illinois, Kickapoo, Mosopelea, Neutrals, Ofo, Palaeo, Potawatomi, Seneca, Tuscarora, Wea [1][2]


As identified in the National Atlas of the United States of America, there are no current federally-recognized reservations in Ohio.


Ohio Agency 1831-1843

Piqua Agency 1812-1829

Family History Library

Some helpful books regarding the Indians of Ohio are:

  • McConnell, Michael Norman. A Country Between: the Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples, 1724-1774. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. (Family History Library book 970.1 M134c.) A comprehensive history of Native Americans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.
  • Moorehead, Warren King. The Indian Tribes of Ohio Historically Considered: a Preliminary Paper. New York, New York: AMS Press, 1983. (Family History Library book 970.1 M788m.) A reprint of a study done in 1899 by the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications.
  • Prevost, Toni Jollay. The Delaware and Shawnee Admitted to Cherokee Citizenship and the Related Wyandotte and Moravian Delaware. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1993. (Family History Library book 970.1 P929d.)
  • Tregillis, Helen Cox. The Native Tribes of Old Ohio. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1993. (Family History Library book 970.1 T716n.)
  • Watson, Larry S., ed. Senate Document No. 512, 23rd Congress, 1st Session. Five Volumes. Laguna Hills, California: Histree, 1988. (Family History Library book 970.1 W335s.) Documents and correspondence concerning the removal of Native Americans to Oklahoma from various states, including Ohio.

Several more sources are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


Web Sites

See also:

Ohio-History for a timeline of Ohio.

Ohio-Military Records for a list of forts.


  1. :Hodge, Frederick Webb. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Washington D.C;  Smithsonian Instituition, Bureau of Ethonolgy, Bulletin #30 1907.
  2. :Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America" Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnonlogy Bulletin #145