July 12, 2012

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians


The Little River Ottawa descend from members of certain Grand River Ottawa Bands who lived in villages located on the Manistee River, Pere Marquette River, and at several villages on the Grand River system in Michigan.

Official Tribal Name: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Address: 2608 Government Center Drive, Manistee, MI 49660

Phone: (231) 723-8288 or Toll-free: 1-888-723-8288

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Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

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Alternate names / Alternate spellings / Misspellings:  Chipewa, Chipawa, Anishinaabe, Anishinababe, Anishinabeg, Ojibway, Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa, Algonquin,  More names for Ojibwe

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Region: Northeast (Eastern Woodland)–>Ojibwa, Chippewa and Potawatomi

State(s) Today: Michigan

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Ottawa people, including Grand River Ottawa ancestors, traditionally used lands throughout what is now the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan for hunting, cultivating and gathering. When United States citizens entered this territory, the Ottawa people continued using the same travel routes, lands and resources along the west and north shore of Lake Michigan and the north shore of Lake Huron as they had for more than 150 years. Fur trading played an important role in Ottawa economies between 1615 and 1850. Ottawa communities were often located at important waypoints for trade.


Treaties: This tribe signed four treaties with the US. The 1836 Treaty of Washington and the 1855 Treaty of Detroit, created land reservations, which continue to be under the jurisdiction of the Tribe today.

Reservation: Little River Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land
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Tribal Headquarters: Manistee, MI
Time Zone: Eastern

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Bands, Gens, and Clans

Related Tribes:

Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Forest County Potawatomi
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Hannaville Indian Community
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
La Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Lac de Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Potawatomi
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Saginaw Chippewa Indians
Sokaogon Chippewa Community
St. Croix Chippewa Indians
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

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Ottawa People of Note:

Renae Morriseau

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Tribe History:

Ottawa Indians: The 1836 Manistee Reservation Era (1821-1836)
Ottawa Indians: The 1855 -1870 Reservation Era
Ottawa Indians: Dispossession and Dissolution Era (1870-1890)
Ottawa Indians: The Restoration Era (1889 – 1994)

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