Michigan Indian Tribes
FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED MICHIGAN TRIBES
(Federal List Last Updated 5/16)
Bay Mills Indian Community of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Hannahville Indian Community
Huron Potawatomi, Inc.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana)
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan
STATE RECOGNIZED TRIBES
(Not recognized by the Federal Government)
Burt Lake Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Inc.
Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians
Gun Lake Band of Grand River Ottawa Indians
Swan Creek Black River Confederated Ojibwa Tribes
UNRECOGNIZED / PETITIONING TRIBES
Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 09/12/1985; Declined to acknowledge on 9/21/2006, 71 FR 57995
Consolidated Bahwetig Ojibwas and Mackinac Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 12/04/1979; Postal Service returned certified letter 11/5/1997
Genesee Valley Indian Association
Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians (formerly Grand River Band Ottawa Council). Letter of Intent to Petition 10/16/1994.
Gun Lake Village Band of Pottawatomi Indians. Recognized only as part of Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan.
Lake Superior Chippewa of Marquette. Letter of Intent to Petition 12/13/1991.
Little Owl Band of Central Michigan Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 11/27/2000.
Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 5/13/1998.
Maconce Village Band of Ojibwa. Letter of Intent to Petition 3/7/2000.
Maple River Band of Ottawa. Letter of Intent to Petition 1/31/2005.
Muskegon River Band of Ottawa Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 7/26/2002.
Ooragnak Indian Nation. Letter of Intent to Petition 12/1/1999.
Ottawa Colony Band of Grand River Ottawa Indians. Recognized only as part of Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan.
Swan Creek Black River Confederated Ojibwa Tribes. Letter of Intent to Petition 05/04/1993.
The Chi-cau-gon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Iron County. Letter of Intent to Petition 02/12/1998.
Wyandot of Anderdon Nation. Letter of Intent to Petition 1/21/2003. (Michigan and Ontario).
FIRST CONTACT TO PRESENT
When European explorers arrived in the Michigan region in the early 17th century it was already populated by Algonkian Indians. The Chippewa and Menominee Indians lived in the Upper Peninsula, while the Miami, Ottawa, and Potawatomi occupied the Lower Peninsula.
The name “Michigan” actually came from the Chippewa word “Michigan,” which means “great lake.”
Before contact with the Europeans, these Native Americans lived by hunting, gathering, and fishing. Some tribes raised squash, corn, and rice.
Clothing was made from the skins of animals they ate. Their tools were fashioned from animal parts such as bone and sinew. They constructed their homes of mud and bark.
The arrival of the white man had disastrous effects on Michigan’s Native Americans. During the 1700s, nearly two-thirds of their population died from diseases brought by European settlers.
Many tribes eventually lost their lands to the U.S. government. By 1838, almost all Indian villages in Michigan had been abandoned.
PRE-CONTACT MICHIGAN TRIBES
PRE-HISTORIC CULTURES IN MICHIGAN
This article contains a list of federally and state recognized Indian tribes in Michigan.
Here is a list of places to visit in Michigan, USA to learn about native american culture.