Haitian American population grows in Indy
Attendees at the annual Haitian Flag Day Festival in Indianapolis. Photo by Haitian Association of Indiana

Haitians in the Heartland explores the emergence of Haitian-American communities across the United States, outside of the country’s typical, mostly coastal enclaves. This installment of Haitians in the Midwest is the second in a series about such locales.

INDIANAPOLIS — Will Indianapolis surpass Miami to become the new Haitian-American mecca? Probably not anytime soon, but a recent increase of Haitian-Americans is certainly shaping Indiana’s capital.

The city of just under 900,000 is known for two annual events — the Indy 500 car race and the NCAA basketball playoffs — it hosts. To others, the increase in the Haitian-American population is of greater interest. 

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.