Two first-year students from the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana will receive full-tuition awards from Hanover College, a Sullivan Foundation partner school in Hanover, Ind. It’s part of a new collaboration symbolizing the college’s friendship with the Miami Nation, which once lived in the Midwest, including southern Indiana.

Statewide, Indiana’s population includes more than 26,000 Native Americans representing 100-plus tribes. The Miami Nation has a long history in the state, residing on Indiana soil for more than 300 years. Today, the Miami Nation of Indiana operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and works to preserve its culture, language, heritage and community and to regain its federal recognition.

Each year, Hanover will grant full-tuition awards to two incoming first-year students who are members of the Miami Nation of Indiana. The award will cover the entirety of tuition for four years. Recipients will be responsible for other college-related costs such as room, board and books.

“The Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana is very grateful to and very appreciative of Hanover College for both their recognition of us as a legitimate tribe and their amazing gift to the young people who are members of the tribe,” Chief Brian Buchanan said. “This award program will have a positive, life-changing effect on our young adults by empowering them through education, and they, in turn, will empower and strengthen the tribe as a whole.”

To qualify for Hanover’s award, students must be residents of Indiana and certified by the Miami Nation of Indiana. Additionally, students must apply for admission to Hanover and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Dec. 1. Applicants will then receive instructions to upload the necessary materials for review, including letters of recommendation and tribal certification.

The Miami Nation of Indiana was once a singular tribe with the present-day Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe’s current members are descendants of the Miami Nation who were not forcibly removed from the Hoosier State during the mid-1800s.

Headquartered in Peru, Ind., the Miami Nation of Indiana currently has an enrollment of 6,000 individuals, with concentrations of members in Allen, Huntington, Marion, Miami, Parke, St. Joseph and Wabash counties.

This article has been edited from the original version appearing on the Hanover College website.

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