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We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples who have been stewards of this land and water from time immemorial. We acknowledge the sorted history that brought us here, and our place within that history. Colonialism is ongoing and we are present participants. We honor the Indigenous elders who lived here before, our Indigenous neighbors today, and the generations to come. We work to hold our community more accountable to the needs of Indigenous Peoples by cultivating our friendship and commitment to the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio right here on the South Side. NAICCO is devoted to preserving and restoring balance in the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and families living in and around Ohio through culture, wellness, community, and education. We invite you to do your part. Support their ongoing efforts to purchase land by supporting the Bigger & Better NAICCO Campaign. You can do so directly (naicco.com/donate) or at Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House, by supporting the NAICCO Cuisine food truck (naicco.com/naicco-cuisine) or by visiting the NAICCO offerings at Catherine Street Mercantile. All proceeds from the sale of NAICCO offerings at CSM go directly to the Bigger & Better NAICCO Campaign.
There are currently zero federally recognized Native American and Indigenous tribes in the State of Ohio, but a number of tribal nations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota and Minnesota have ancestral connections to Ohio land. Much of the land that is present day Central Ohio was ceded in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville and the forced removal of tribes occurred through the Indian Removal Act of 1830, including that of the Delaware, Miami, Shawnee, and Wyandot Peoples. Among the Historic Indian Tribes in Ohio were the Shawnee Tribe, the Chippewa Tribe, the Ojibwa Tribe, the Delaware Tribe, the Wyandot Tribe, the Eel River Tribe, the Kaskaskia Tribe, the Iroquois Tribe, the Miami Tribe, the Munsee Tribe, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, the Ottawa Tribe, the Piankashaw Tribe, the Sauk Tribe, the Potawatomi Tribe, the Seneca Tribe, and the Wea Tribe.