Once occupying much of the middle Ohio Valley, the Eastern Shawnee now make their home on a 1,000-acre plot of land on the Oklahoma-Missouri border. The Eastern Shawnee is one of three federally recognized Shawnee tribes with roots east of the Mississippi River (referred to as Eastern Woodlands Indians). After they were forced from their ancestral homelands, they earned a reputation for being wanderers.
The Shawnee gave the United States one of its greatest Native warriors: Tecumseh. Born in Ohio in 1768, Tecumseh survived five invasions from neighboring tribes or U.S. forces before he was 14. By his early 20s, he was a proven warrior, ultimately building up a confederacy of 32 tribes and more than 10,000 people during the War of 1812.
The Eastern Shawnee flag depicts its tribal seal set on a red field. The seal, which resembles a warrior’s shield, features a panther that represents Tecumseh’s ferocity and ingenuity.
Governed by a chief, a position currently held by Glenna J. Wallace, the Eastern Shawnee also elect a six-member Business Committee, which serves as the legislative branch.
The Eastern Shawnee operate three casinos: Bordertown, Indigo Sky and Outpost. The tribe runs its own housing authority, the People’s Bank of Seneca, Missouri, the Eastern Shawnee Print Shop, N2N Solutions, Whispering Woods RV Park and Four Feathers Recycling.
The tribe also issues its own vehicle registration tags.