Michigan Native Americans Research Guide

Michigan and the Great Lakes region is believed to have been occupied and travelled by indigenous populations for over 10,000 years prior to European settlement, and currently is home to 12 federally recognized Indian tribes.  Per the U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan is one of 10 states with the largest population of Native Americans. The Ottawa, Ojibway, Chippewa, Potawatomi and others have a significant place in Michigan’s history, both as groups and individuals.

Land, trails and sites
 

Schreiber, Paul R. Ancient Indian trail in Farmington. 1976. 
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N G 4114.F23 1976 .S34

Cowell, Geraldine L. The Indian's Michigan. 1960.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH MAPS 4N G 4111.E1 1960 .C6

Greene, Merritt. The land lies pretty = "Op-Jah-mo-mak-y-a": a story of the Great Sauk Trail in 1832 with an introduction to the Northwest Territory. 1959.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N PS 3513 .R46 L3 1959

Hinscale, W. B. Archaeological atlas of Michigan. 1931.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N Folio F568 .H63

Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie. An anthropological report on Indian use and occupancy of northern Michigan. 1974.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .C6 C47 vol. 5

Coggan, Blanche B. 1830 Indian site in Sciota, Shiawassee County, Michigan: Chippewas' son Jackson died of smallpox, buried on Daniel H. Blood Farm, Osaganing. 19??.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 574 .S35 C65

Documents relating to the allotment of lands to the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan under the treaty of July 31, 1855: reservation tract books and allotment schedules.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN CD STORAGE E 99 .C6 C552

Ederer, Roselynn. Indiantown: an Ojibwe village becomes a farm community. 2011
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .C6 E34 2011

Genealogy

Hendricks, Kathleen M. St. Mary's Catholic Church baptisms: Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, 1811-1900. 2004.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 574 .S3 H46 2004

Lantz, Raymond C. The Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, 1843-1904 : including some Ottawa and Chippewa, 1843-1866 and Potawatomi of Indiana, 1869 and 1885. 1992.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .P8 L35 1992

United States National Archives and Records Administration. Correspondence, field notes, and the census roll of all members or descendants of members who were on the roll of the Ottawa and the Chippewa tribes of Michigan in 1870, and living on March 4, 1907 (Durant Roll). 1996.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S E 99 .O9 C6 1996  r.1-4

Lantz, Raymond C. Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent Horace B. Durant's 1907 Durant Roll field notes. 2014.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 78 .M6 L36 2014

1940 census, Great Lakes Indian Agency, Red Cliff Reservation Chippewa. 1965.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S E98.C3 I52 1965

History and culture

Diedrich, Mark. Ojibway chiefs: portraits of Anishinaabe leadership. 1999.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 89 .D54 1999

Michigan Commission on Indian Affairs. The Indian in Michigan: Ottawa, Chippewa, Potawatomi. 1970.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS 2S E78.M6 M44 1970z

Spruce, Albert W. The early years: Albert Spruce. 2003.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .C6 S738 2003

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Diba jimooyung, telling our story: a history of the Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek. 2005
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .C6 D52 2005

Swierenga, Robert P. & Van Appledorn. William. Old Wing Mission: cultural interchange as chronicled by George and Arvilla Smith in their work with Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa band on the West Michigan frontier. 2008.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .O9 O433 2008

Stiebe, Ronald. Mystery people of the cove: a history of the Lake Superior Ouinipegou. 1999.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N E 99 .W7 S85 1999

Government relations

Fletcher, Matthew L. M. The eagle returns: the legal history of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. 2012.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN E99.O6 B534 2012

Erickson, Sue. Ojibwe treaty rights: understanding & impact. 2004.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N KF 8228 .C6 E743 2004

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. Michigan Indian recognition: hearing … to reaffirm and clarify the federal relationships of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians as distinct federally recognized Indian tribes… 1995.
LIB OF MICH FICHE 2N KF 49 .C622

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa Indians. A Compact between the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the state of Michigan. 1993.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICHIGAN 3N KFM 4585 .A43 A2 1993a

State of Michigan. Michigan Tribal Governments
https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29701_41909---,00.html

U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Indian Affairs. Programs & Services.
https://www.bia.gov/programs-services)

Updated 01/16/19