Mr. Alvin Tsigine is a Native American Indian. He lives in Washington County, Indiana. People in photo; Sally Hattabaugh, city-clerk treasurer, Mrs. Tsigine, Mayor Merry, Mr. Tsigine and Anthony Scifres, city council member.
The Potawatomi’s, Shawnees, Kickapoo, Lenape were the tribes that were located in Indiana before the removal to other parts of the United States. Native Americans have always been here. Presently, in Indiana, according to the 2010 Census, it shows that there are over 50,000 Native Americans live in the State of Indiana. Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, federally recognized tribe has purchased some of their land back and put it in trust. This land is located in South Bend, Indiana. Another federally recognized tribe, The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has a Cultural Extension Office located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to the Workforce Development, over 114 tribes are represented in Indiana.
The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission has seventeen members. Seven of the members are tribal members from various federally recognized tribes such as the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Navajo Nation, Oglala Sioux, Keweenaw Bay Community, and Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The other members of the commission are from the State of Indiana in the following departments: Department of Higher Education, Department of Education, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Correction, Department of Family Social Services Agency, and Department of Workforce Development. Senator Greg Walker and House of Representative, Dan Leonard also serve on the Commission. The Commission has one vacancy open. MeLissa J. Williams, Eastern Band of Cherokee is the director of the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission.
The Commission on June 12, 2019 voted to start a new project in raising awareness that Native Americans live in Indiana. On November 1 is to be declared by Governor Holcomb and at least twenty cities in Indiana to be Native American Indian Month. The INAIAC is appreciative of the cities that participated. The cities that agreed to proclaim November as Native American Indian Month was Evansville, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Salem, Columbus, Danville, Pittsboro, Martinsville, Mooresville, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Lawrence, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Columbia City and West Lafayette. In each city, the proclamation was presented to Native Americans that live there. Listed are the Native Americans that participated in this event, Commissions Chairman, Scott Brewer, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Commissioner John Adams, Oklahoma Shawnee, Commissioner Sally Tuttle, Oklahoma Choctaw, Commissioner Pete Magnant, Keweenaw Bay Community, Commissioner Dr. Ken Folks, Director, MeLissa Williams, Eastern Band Cherokee, Indiana University, First Nations Native American Education and Cultural Center, Kaleb McCaffry, Monica Stinchfield, Montez McCoy, all Eastern Band Cherokee, James Printup, Eastern Band Cherokee, Alberta Printup, Cherokee Nation, Daryl Begay, Cherokee Nation, Debra Haza, Little Traverse Band of Ottawa, Dr. Scott Shoemaker, Oklahoma Tribe of Miami, Doug Peconge, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Larkin Fourkiller, Cherokee Nation, Gary Morseau, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Kaitlynn McClerkin, Oklahoma Choctaw, Tyler Moore, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Alvin Tinsinge, Navajo, Dr. Charmagne Champion Shaw, Cheyenne.
Go to the facebook page of State of Indiana Native American Commission for all the events in November.