Save Tig Arena owned by Miami of IN

$6,750 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 38 months
The Miami Nation of Indiana is one of the main tribes that inhabited present day Indiana. They illegally had their Federal Recognition taken away in 1897 and to this day are fighting to regain it. Their tribal complex in Peru Indiana is on the National Historic Registry and is home to their offices and archives that contain some tribal documents that are over 200 years old! Along with that, they utilize the building to house their not for profit daycare open to the public, an emergency shelter for all residents of Miami County, host an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter, and rent out the facilities to the public for wedding receptions, class reunions, and more! Due to economic slow downs and additional daycares opening in their area, tribal income has dropped. Since they don't receive Federal money, they need help in making much needed repairs to the leaky roof. If the repairs aren't made the archives could be ruined and the building eventually condemned. Won't you please help the Miami Nation of Indiana preserve their culture and heritage as well as save a historic building?

1-31-16 Update: "Great news! The tribe has the opportunity to received a $50,000 grant to assist with the preservation of the tribal center in Peru, BUT we have to match it 1:1.  We can only receive as much as we can match.  Right now is the best time for you to help support the tribe's complex which greatly supports our community's culture.  Every $1 you donate becomes $2!  Please consider making your tax deductible contribution now!"
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We have raised about a third of our goal towards the Tribal Complex. There is still a long way to go! Please help out the Miami Nation by donating money to help preserve the Complex! Out of it, we run a food bank and Bingo nights. The Complex is soon to be a museum and cultural center as well, but it needs your help!
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Still need your help to get the final $50,000, won't you please help the Miami Nation of Indiana stabilize and preserve the Tribal Complex from which we run a food bank, bingo, and starting in the fall of 2018, a museum and cultural center!?
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To update you all and for those of you who are new to this campaign, we replaced the roof over the class room section last summer (2017) but desperately need to replace the gym roof (see our picture)! We only need $50,000 more (have $130,000 of the $180,000 raised)!

We need you now more then ever! We have exhausted all grant avenues at this time so donations are the only way to raise the last $50,000! Won't you help us stabilize and save the tribal complex?!!
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Did you know the Tribal Complex houses the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and an emergency shelter for those in need in the City of Peru and Miami County? Your support to fix the roof will allow us to continue to help the City of Peru and Miami County! Won't you please help!?
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Robby J Thompson
4 months ago

Hello Kieth, Update 26 mentioned a grant that if you got would make this 20K all that is left to complete the project. I have not noticed any updates regarding that. Any progress?

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Keith Layman
6 months ago

Hello Peter, Great questions!The material is not out dated, this has been an ongoing process for over 2 years now. The Tribal complex has two sections with two different roofs. We have been able to replace the roof section over the classroom area (a $100,000 cost) and are in the process of replacing the roof over the gymnasium (which is the greater cost of the two at about $200,000). The $1 for $1 match was a grant we got for the classroom roof BUT we received another grant recently for the gym roof that is a $4 (donated) to $1 match. As to why this has been a challenge to raise the funds, I think it is because of two reasons. The first being, it is hard to motivate those outside of the Tribe because they don't understand the true value of the building nor its meaning to the Tribe and the City of Peru Indiana. The second reason I feel is a lack of knowledge to the fact that the Miami of Indiana have always been and still are here. Some people are hearing for the first time that there is still Miami here in Indiana. Since they don't realize we are here, they don't know about us or our goals/needs. We are constantly striving to change both of those reasons.

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Peter Leets
6 months ago

Is the 1 for 1 still active, please?

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Peter Leets
6 months ago

Some of this seems outdated. Does the roof still need repair? Is the one-for-one matching still active? If this is the “right” facility, why has there been so much difficulty raising money?

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$6,750 of $20,000 goal

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Created June 16, 2015
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Robby J Thompson
4 months ago

Hello Kieth, Update 26 mentioned a grant that if you got would make this 20K all that is left to complete the project. I have not noticed any updates regarding that. Any progress?

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Keith Layman
6 months ago

Hello Peter, Great questions!The material is not out dated, this has been an ongoing process for over 2 years now. The Tribal complex has two sections with two different roofs. We have been able to replace the roof section over the classroom area (a $100,000 cost) and are in the process of replacing the roof over the gymnasium (which is the greater cost of the two at about $200,000). The $1 for $1 match was a grant we got for the classroom roof BUT we received another grant recently for the gym roof that is a $4 (donated) to $1 match. As to why this has been a challenge to raise the funds, I think it is because of two reasons. The first being, it is hard to motivate those outside of the Tribe because they don't understand the true value of the building nor its meaning to the Tribe and the City of Peru Indiana. The second reason I feel is a lack of knowledge to the fact that the Miami of Indiana have always been and still are here. Some people are hearing for the first time that there is still Miami here in Indiana. Since they don't realize we are here, they don't know about us or our goals/needs. We are constantly striving to change both of those reasons.

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Peter Leets
6 months ago

Is the 1 for 1 still active, please?

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Peter Leets
6 months ago

Some of this seems outdated. Does the roof still need repair? Is the one-for-one matching still active? If this is the “right” facility, why has there been so much difficulty raising money?

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