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Tribal Nations in Michigan

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Tribal Nations in Michigan

Throughout history, the region now known as Michigan has served as home to diverse populations of Indigenous people representing tribes from across the North, Central, and South American continents, and the Pacific Islands. As the climate changed, and later as European settlement encroached into the area, the Indigenous Nations that occupied the region shifted. Warfare, treaties, and implementation of policies at various levels of government further changed the political landscape for Indigenous nations in Michigan.

Today Michigan shares geography with twelve sovereign tribal nations that are federally recognized by the United States government. These tribes have governmental operations within Michigan and work with the State of Michigan in a government-to-government relationship. Please click the links below to access additional information about tribal nations in Michigan.