As an officially recognized American Indian tribe, our people are dedicated to preserving the language, culture, traditions, and heritage of our ancestors and our relations who were forcefully removed to the west and to the north as far as Oklahoma.
Throughout the American Revolution, Shawnee warriors conducted raids
against American settlements in Kentucky. In the summer of 1780, George
Rogers Clark, hoping to prevent further attacks, led 1,050 men against
the Shawnee living in the Miami River Valley. Among Clark's soldiers was
frontiersman Daniel Boone. The Americans crossed the Ohio River at what
is now modern-day Cincinnati. The army burned five Shawnee villages,
including Old Chillicothe, along the Little Miami River. The Americans
also burned Loramie's Store, a British trading post, in what is now
Shelby County, Ohio. The Shawnees generally fell back before Clark's
army, but a major encounter between the two sides occurred on August 8,
1780, near what is now Springfield, Ohio. Known as the Battle of Piqua,
both sides suffered significant casualties. Clark's attack, successful
as far as it went, did not reduce the tensions between the Americans and
the American Indians of the Ohio Country.