Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Moderated by the Peoria Tribal Office, this page is to provide members with departmental updates and share helpful information on upcoming events.

The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma is a confederation of Kaskaskia, Peoria, Piankeshaw and Wea Indians united into a single tribe in 1854. The tribes which constitute The Confederated Peorias, as they then were called, originated in the lands bordering the Great Lakes and drained by the mighty Mississippi. They are Illinois or Illini Indians, descendants of those who created the great mound civilizations in the central United States two thousand to three thousand years ago.

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12/21/2020
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Peoria Students!!
Scholarship applications are due January 7, 2021. If you need assistance with completing your application email Lacie Hickey, [email protected]
Click on the appropriate link below if you need the application to get started:

RENEWAL STUDENTS:
-Undergraduate Renewal (https://peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Undergraduate-Spring-2021-Renewal.pdf)

-Graduate Renewal(https://peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Graduate-Spring-2021-Renewal.pdf)

NEW STUDENTS:
-Undergraduate Application( https://peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Scholarship-Application-updated-4.30.20.pdf)

-Graduate Application(https://peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Graduates-Program-Scholarship-Application-updated-4.30.20.pdf)

The Peoria Tribe Winter Wonderland Walkthrough was an amazing success! We enjoyed seeing all of our Peoria friends and f...
12/17/2020

The Peoria Tribe Winter Wonderland Walkthrough was an amazing success! We enjoyed seeing all of our Peoria friends and family for our Children's Christmas Party. Although things were different this year because of the ongoing pandemic, we had an awesome time celebrating with you. Starting with Christmas Short Movies, popcorn and goodies in the parking lot and following, we had Santa Claus and his sleigh full of presents, a beautiful wonderland walkway leading to princesses, heroes, and gifts! Happy Holidays and as always, stay safe!

#PeoriaProud

Feel free to tag yourself and your family members!

Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds
12/16/2020

Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

The Mystery of the Peoria Falcon
(Drawn from material originally published in Illinois Antiquity, 1991)

One of the most widely known examples of Mississippian period embossed or repousse' copper is the Peoria Falcon plate. Discovered in 1859 near Peoria, this plate was also probably the first of its kind to have been excavated. Similar examples were not found until a quarter of a century later when the famous Southern Illinois Dancing Figures plate and the Rogan plates from the Etowah site in Georgia were excavated by archaeologists working for the Smithsonian. Since that time, many other examples have been reported from various locations throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States.

The discovery of the Peoria Falcon was first reported by the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology Fifth Annual Report, published in 1887. The report indicated that the Peoria Falcon was "obtained by Major Powell, the director of the United States Geological Survey, from a mound near Peoria, Illinois". Later, the find was described in more detail in the introduction of the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau, written by John Wesley Powell, the director of the Bureau.

With these descriptions Powell gives the strong impression that he excavated the Peoria Falcon. Unfortunately, important information concerning the exact location of the find, and further description of any associated material was not included in this or any other published account.

In an effort to learn more about the Peoria Falcon, Lawrence Conrad of the Western Illinois University Archaeological Research Laboratory looked at the Smithsonian accession records (Conrad, personal communication). He later reported that the accession card for the Peoria plate states that it was excavated by Sidney Pulsifer and acquired by Powell in 1859. The original catalogue of the Smithsonian's Division of Mound Exploration also indicates that the collector was Sidney Pulsifer thru Major John Wesley Powell (Bruce Smith, personal communication). This 1884 catalogue card, with several handwritten additions, does not indicate the date of the find or the transaction. Thus, in addition to the mystery of where the plate was actually found, we now have to add, by whom?

In an attempt to answer these questions, background information on Powell and Pulsifer was collected. Much is known about John Wesley Powell, who was a Civil War hero, explorer of the Colorado River canyons, founder of the Smithsonian Bureau of Ethnology, and director of the United States Geological Survey. Locating background information on Sidney Pulsifer was much more of a challenge. Little was known about Pulsifer except that he may have lived in the Peoria area. When background information for both men had been attained the story of the finding of the Peoria Falcon began to unfold.

In January of 1858, Powell began teaching at the public school at Hennepin, Illinois. That summer he conducted a nature study along the Illinois River from Ottawa to its mouth, and ascended the Des Moines River to Racoon Creek. In the fall of 1859 he returned again to teach at Hennepin. At about this time he also joined the newly formed Illinois Natural History Society and promptly became secretary.
Background information on Sidney Pulsifer is somewhat scantier. Working under the assumption that Pulsifer lived in the Peoria area a search of records, newspaper archives, and census reports was conducted at the Peoria Public library and Peoria Historical Society.

This research found a number of references to Sidney Pulsifer. On May 7, 1856 The Peoria Weekly Democratic Press reported that Sidney Pulsifer had moved to Peoria from Putnam County. A check of the 1850 and 1860 Illinois Census reports confirmed this move. On May 30, 1856 The Peoria Weekly Democratic Press reported that Pulsifer had opened a banking house under the name of Pulsifer and Company. Pulsifer soon after became one of Peoria's leading businessmen.

In addition to opening his banking business, Pulsifer acquired a 79 acre tract of land from his brother, Samuel. This tract included part of the terrace above Peoria Lake, the bluff face, and bluff top near the center of present day Peoria. The University of Illinois School of Medicine at Peoria now occupies most of this area. Pulsifer quickly had the land incorporated into the city as Pulsifer's addition and subdivided. Development was well under way by 1860.

During the year the Peoria Falcon was found, the July 22, 1859 issue of The Peoria Daily Transcript reported that Sidney Pulsifer was appointed to a committee of businessmen to solicit subscriptions to stock in a proposed pottery. On October 6, 1859 The Peoria Daily Transcript announced that the American Pottery Company had decided to locate in Peoria. Ground breaking was held on October 10, contracts for construction were let, and the cornerstone was laid on October 24, 1859.

Let us now return to the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Peoria Falcon in light of what is now known about Pulsifer. Although Powell indicated that he excavated the plate, the collector indicated by the Smithsonian's accession and Mound Exploration Division catalogue cards was undoubtedly Sidney Pulsifer. It is possible that Powell helped Pulsifer excavate the Peoria Falcon, but it is more likely he was notified shortly after its discovery.

Much more intriguing is the question, where was the Peoria Falcon found? According to Powell's description, the plate was found in the fall of 1859 on the shore of Lake Peoria. The land Pulsifer attained and developed when he moved to Peoria presents a possible location for the find. Although this development was taking place at the right time, its location is away from the shore of Lake Peoria. Much more interesting is the site of the American Pottery Company project that Pulsifer was involved with.

The place chosen for the construction of the American Pottery Company was between Caroline and Mary streets, bounded on the east by the railroad and on the west by Adams Street. This block is situated right on the shore of Lake Peoria.

With the information presented here much of the mystery of the discovery of the Peoria Falcon begins to disappear. Pulsifer's Peoria Pottery business transaction presents one very possible location for the finding of the Peoria Falcon. Many aspects of this do fit Powell's description of the find. Although the information presented here is convincing the exact details of the discovery of the Peoria Falcon may never be revealed.
Go to this link for the original version which contains more detail and references:http://museum.state.il.us/pub/dmmweb/peoria/IllinoisAntiquity1991.pdf

12/15/2020
The Drive-In Polar Express & Winter Wonderland Walk-through will begin at 12pm! Join us for the fun at NOON!
12/12/2020

The Drive-In Polar Express & Winter Wonderland Walk-through will begin at 12pm!

Join us for the fun at NOON!

We are SOO excited to see all of our Peoria Family at the Children’s Christmas Party tomorrow! We will be showing the Po...
12/11/2020

We are SOO excited to see all of our Peoria Family at the Children’s Christmas Party tomorrow! We will be showing the Polar Express on the parking lot, tuning in to the radio drive-in style! Following, you and your family will walk through our gorgeous Winter Wonderland to receive your gift at the end!

You will receive instruction at our Check-In spot upon arrival! WE CAN’T WAIT to show you what we have in store for our children and elders this year at noon tomorrow!!

Today is the LAST DAY to get a FREE clean mattress before they are donated to other community programs. If you want a ma...
11/25/2020

Today is the LAST DAY to get a FREE clean mattress before they are donated to other community programs. If you want a mattress please stop by Buffalo Run's Showplace 10am - 7pm today!

SWEET DREAMS

As a blessing to our Peoria Tribal Citizens, the Business Committee would like to offer the opportunity for our Citizens to obtain a FREE clean, gently used and in good condition hotel mattress (all had been previously encased; not encased now) from our very own Buffalo Run Hotel. This is for the mattress alone and DOES NOT include box springs. Our hotel is currently purchasing and replacing all mattresses.

There is a limited number available in sizes Queen and King; this will be first come, first serve.

NO reservations will be taken. And, NO holds will be available.

Must provide own transportation and pick up.

Please DO NOT contact the Tribal Office nor the Hotel.

All unaccountable mattresses will be distributed to the bless other community programs. A waiver will need to be signed upon receipt. Please bring your Tribal Identification (CDIB) with you.

THESE MATTRESSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AS IS FOR PICK UP ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020; TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020, & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. -7:00 P.M. PICK UP AT THE SHOWPLACE AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA.

May GOD Bless You & You Rest Easy!
Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Business Committee
#PEORIAPROUD

Today through Wednesday! 10am-7pm! Stop by the Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino to pick up a FREE gently used mattress!
11/23/2020

Today through Wednesday! 10am-7pm! Stop by the Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino to pick up a FREE gently used mattress!

SWEET DREAMS

As a blessing to our Peoria Tribal Citizens, the Business Committee would like to offer the opportunity for our Citizens to obtain a FREE clean, gently used and in good condition hotel mattress (all had been previously encased; not encased now) from our very own Buffalo Run Hotel. This is for the mattress alone and DOES NOT include box springs. Our hotel is currently purchasing and replacing all mattresses.

There is a limited number available in sizes Queen and King; this will be first come, first serve.

NO reservations will be taken. And, NO holds will be available.

Must provide own transportation and pick up.

Please DO NOT contact the Tribal Office nor the Hotel.

All unaccountable mattresses will be distributed to the bless other community programs. A waiver will need to be signed upon receipt. Please bring your Tribal Identification (CDIB) with you.

THESE MATTRESSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AS IS FOR PICK UP ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020; TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020, & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. -7:00 P.M. PICK UP AT THE SHOWPLACE AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA.

May GOD Bless You & You Rest Easy!
Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Business Committee
#PEORIAPROUD

SWEET DREAMSAs a blessing to our Peoria Tribal Citizens, the Business Committee would like to offer the opportunity for ...
11/21/2020

SWEET DREAMS

As a blessing to our Peoria Tribal Citizens, the Business Committee would like to offer the opportunity for our Citizens to obtain a FREE clean, gently used and in good condition hotel mattress (all had been previously encased; not encased now) from our very own Buffalo Run Hotel. This is for the mattress alone and DOES NOT include box springs. Our hotel is currently purchasing and replacing all mattresses.

There is a limited number available in sizes Queen and King; this will be first come, first serve.

NO reservations will be taken. And, NO holds will be available.

Must provide own transportation and pick up.

Please DO NOT contact the Tribal Office nor the Hotel.

All unaccountable mattresses will be distributed to the bless other community programs. A waiver will need to be signed upon receipt. Please bring your Tribal Identification (CDIB) with you.

THESE MATTRESSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AS IS FOR PICK UP ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020; TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020, & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. -7:00 P.M. PICK UP AT THE SHOWPLACE AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA.

May GOD Bless You & You Rest Easy!
Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Business Committee
#PEORIAPROUD

11/19/2020
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Peoria Students! It is time to renew your scholarship applications! Application deadline is January 7th, 2021!

Click the links below to download the application you need:
Undergraduate Application:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Undergraduate-Spring-2021-Renewal.pdf

Graduate Application:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/Graduate-Spring-2021-Renewal.pdf

We EXTENDED the deadline for the Children's Christmas Party Application to November 20th! Complete yours now and return ...
11/19/2020

We EXTENDED the deadline for the Children's Christmas Party Application to November 20th! Complete yours now and return to [email protected] or 118 S Eight Tribes Trail Miami, Oklahoma ASAP!

We can't wait for this event!

Two happy kids with their brand new books! How exciting! We love to see our children learning and having fun. #PeoriaPro...
11/17/2020

Two happy kids with their brand new books! How exciting! We love to see our children learning and having fun.

#PeoriaProud!

ATTN Students! Check out this awesome opportunity to unleash your potential and win a scholarship & cash prize while doi...
11/17/2020

ATTN Students! Check out this awesome opportunity to unleash your potential and win a scholarship & cash prize while doing so!

Visit collegefund.org/pendletoncontest for full information!

Grand Prize Winner:
$2,000 Cash
$5,000 Scholarship
6 x blankets
2nd Place Winner:
$500 Cash
$2,500 Scholarship
3rd Place Winner:
$250 Cash
$1,500 Scholarship

(If you apply for this scholarship, let us know at [email protected]! We would love to showcase you or your work in our Peoria Proud segment!)

Check out our freshly stocked bookshelves! Let your children explore the world through literature. Get two FREE BOOKS fo...
11/16/2020

Check out our freshly stocked bookshelves! Let your children explore the world through literature. Get two FREE BOOKS for each of our Peoria Tribal Children when you stop by the office.

We would like to thank Peoria Tribe's CCDF Program for helping fill these bookshelves for our most impressionable Citizens, the children!

Children's Party Application:https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/xmasapppFINAL.pdfElder Registration:https://...
11/16/2020

Children's Party Application:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/xmasapppFINAL.pdf

Elder Registration:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/elderreg-copyFINAL-copy.pdf

Turn your application in at [email protected] or by mail at P.O. Box 1527 Miami, Oklahoma 74354 or by fax at 918.540.2538! Deadline Extended to November 20, 2020!

Stay tuned here or at peoriatribe.com for details on what to do when you arrive!

Check this Tribal Community opportunity out! Thank you Red Cedar Recycling!
11/13/2020

Check this Tribal Community opportunity out! Thank you Red Cedar Recycling!

Today November 11, 2020 Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma honored and celebrated our U.S. Veterans at our Peoria Triba...
11/11/2020

Today November 11, 2020 Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma honored and celebrated our U.S. Veterans at our Peoria Tribal Cemetery in front of the Veteran's Memorial. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by gifts for the Veterans and lunch for all. We heard the story of Tojo the Veteran Monkey from Miami, Oklahoma with a purple heart told by Cap Ulrey. We also heard beautiful songs in honor by Cricket Rice & John David Ballard. Thank you to our Citizens who were able to make it out, and a very special thank you to all of our Veteran's that have fought for this Country. #PeoriaProud

Check out our Thank You Video here: https://www.facebook.com/peoria.tribe.3/videos/397403758071427

Today, the Peoria Tribal Office will be closed for Veteran’s Day! Please join us for a ceremony at the Peoria Cemetery a...
11/11/2020

Today, the Peoria Tribal Office will be closed for Veteran’s Day! Please join us for a ceremony at the Peoria Cemetery at 11am this morning!

Peoria Tribe's Office staff is looking forward to celebrating and honoring all of our United States Veteran's on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11:00am! We invite our Citizens and family who want to honor this moment and our Veterans with us.

If you need your family members name added to our Memorial at the Peoria Tribal Cemetery, please contact us asap at 918.540.2535!

Peoria Tribe's Office staff is looking forward to celebrating and honoring all of our United States Veteran's on Wednesd...
11/09/2020

Peoria Tribe's Office staff is looking forward to celebrating and honoring all of our United States Veteran's on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11:00am! We invite our Citizens and family who want to honor this moment and our Veterans with us.

If you need your family members name added to our Memorial at the Peoria Tribal Cemetery, please contact us asap at 918.540.2535!

Peoria Family, The 2020 Peoria Tribe Children's Christmas Party Application is now available at the links below:Children...
11/05/2020

Peoria Family,
The 2020 Peoria Tribe Children's Christmas Party Application is now available at the links below:

Children's Application:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/xmasapppFINAL.pdf

Elder's Application:
https://www.peoriatribe.com/wp-content/uploads/elderreg-copyFINAL-copy.pdf
(Elder's wanting to attend and receive a gift MUST register with the form listed 'Elder Registration'.)

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118 S Eight Tribes Trail
Miami, OK
74354

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(918) 540-2535

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