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Interactive Tribal Land Map

History of the Tribe

Jurisdiction Agreement with the US Court

CMU: Know the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

District 1: Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Land

In 1934 the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) was passed, which sought to improve conditions for tribes in the United States. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe elected their first tribal council and adopted their constitution in 1937. At that time the tribe acquired 500 acres east of Mt. Pleasant to establish a land base for their people.

The land in yellow on the map above indicates the Isabella Reservation. The orange portion on the map marks the tribal lands, otherwise known as District 1. This land belongs to the tribe. Only members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe may purchase houses on this property.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Reservation facts (CMU, see related links)

​8/2/1855 - Date of the treaty that established the reservation
3,624 - Enrolled members of Sagin​aw Chippewa Indian Tribe, many who live on the reservation, while others live throughout Michigan and the United States (2,753 adults & 871 children)
1,592 - Tribal members who live in Isabella County
642 - Acres the United States currently holds in trust for the tribe
723 - Acres held in restricted status for individual tribal members – land which cannot be sold without government approval