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Native American Treaties: Their Ongoing Importance to Michigan Residents

When Indians and Europeans first met on the North American continent they brought distinct and very different world views to the encounter. Over several centuries the Indian communities of North America and the European immigrants who settled on this continent shared very mixed experiences that ranged from war to negotiation. This web page focuses on the negotiations that have occurred between Euro-Americans and three Native American communities, the Chippewa, Odawa, and Potawatomi.

This web site explores the treaties that effect the people, Indian and Euro-American, who live in Michigan, and offers six case studies to explain how treaties signed between 1795 and 1864 had relevance in the past and continue to have importance today. We welcome you to read the treaties and consider the case studies. Click on any of the buttons below to view this material. To see a map of Indian reservations in Michigan today please click here.


Introductory Matter

Text of Michigan-Related Treaties

Historical Issues

Contemporary Issues