American Indian Relations Division

American Indian history is central to Ohio’s story, and preserving and sharing this history is central to our work. To connect the history of Ohio and its American Indian tribes, we're working to establish relationships with federally recognized tribes, re-evaluating interpretation at historic museums and sites, and creating a classroom curriculum.

Guidelines on American Indian Relations

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World Heritage Ohio

Several American Indian sites in Ohio are poised to join the extremely prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.

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What is a federally recognized tribe?

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A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with the responsibilities, powers, limitations and obligations attached to that designation and is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Furthermore, federally recognized tribes possess certain inherent rights of self-government (i.e., tribal sovereignty). They are entitled to receive certain federal benefits, services and protections because of their special relationship with the United States. At present, there are 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages.

Definition provided by U.S. Department of Interior Indian Affairs.

See which of our sites have ties to American Indian History.

Adena Mansion & Gardens
Big Bottom Memorial Park
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park
Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
Fort Jefferson Memorial Park
Fort Laurens
Fort Meigs
Fort Recovery
Indian Mill
Inscription Rock Petroglyphs
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency
Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve
Logan Elm
Miamisburg Mound
Newark Earthworks
Schoenbrunn Village
Serpent Mound
Shrum Mound
Story Mound