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Grand River Band brings 1856 treaty back to Michigan

An 1856 treaty between the United States and the Ottawa and Chippewa tribes is on display in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ron Yob, the chairman of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, is the great-great-great-great-grandson of Maish-ke-aw-she, one of the treaty signers. He spent the last couple of years trying to get a copy of the treaty at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., back to Michigan.

After testifying last month before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, his work paid off. The Ford Museum, which is part of the National Archives, is hosting the treaty until August 27.

The tribe is seeking recognition through an act of Congress that would require the Bureau of Indian Affairs to finalize the tribe's petition.

Get the Story:
Indian chief's descendent brings treaty to GR (The Grand Rapids Press 7/26)

Relevant Links:
Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians -

Recognition Act:
Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan Referral Act (S.437)

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House, Senate panels take up recognition bills (06/22)
Michigan tribe seeks boost in recognition struggle (06/22)