Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation

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Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Chippewa michigan logo.png
The official Saginaw Chippewa Logo designed by Elder Julius Peters
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Michigan)
English, Ojibwe
Christianity, traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan is a federally recognized band of Chippewa (a.k.a. Ojibwe) Indians located in central Michigan in the United States.

The tribal government offices are located on the Isabella Indian Reservation, near the city of Mount Pleasant in Isabella County. They also hold land on the Saganing reservation near Standish. As of February 2007, tribal membership was approximately 3,296.[1] The 2010 US Census reports 2,414 persons living in the Mount Pleasant, Michigan micropolitan area are Native American. The tribe operates the Saginawa Chippewa Tribal College, a 2-year community college open to all in the region.


The tribe owns and operates Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel in Mount Pleasant, Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park in Mount Pleasant, Waaboose Run Golf Course in Mount Pleasant, the Campground On The Hill in Mount Pleasant, Eagle Bay Marina in Standish, Eagle Valley Outfitters in Standish and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish. These generate revenue for investment in education and welfare for the tribe, including such facilities as a new elders' center. Besides its gaming enterprises, the tribe owns the Sagamok Shell Station.

Government and operations

Map showing sites of Indian reservations in northern Michigan.

In 1966, the nation was among the four founders of the Inter-Tribal Michigan Indian Council, Inc., established to pool their resources for development and to improve relations with state and federal governments. Others were the Bay Mills Indian Community, Keneenaw Potawatomi Indian Community, and Hannahville Indian Community. They have worked together since, and the Council in the 21st century represents 11 of the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan.

The tribe operates community facilities including a substance-abuse treatment center, a community clinic, and health facilities. In the early 21st century, the tribe opened a new Elders' Center.

Educational programs include the Saginaw Chippewa Academy (an elementary school). They have Native American advocates and tutors who work with students in the local public schools. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is an accredited two-year college which operates with funding from the tribe. The Nation has an agreement with Central Michigan University that allows students to readily transfer credits to CMU to complete a 4-year degree there.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe also operates the Ziibiwing Cultural Society (a tribal museum). It encourages use and teaching of the Ojibwe language and the reservation has the largest community of Ojibwe language speakers in Michigan.[citation needed]

The tribe hosts a pow-wow every year during the first full weekend of August. This competition powwow takes place at the powwow grounds that are situated on "the Hill" (the only hill on the otherwise flat Isabella Reservation). The Hill is also home to the tribal campgrounds and the Chippewa Indian Methodist Church.


  1. ^ "[1]", February, 2007, MDOT State Long-Range Transportation Plan (2.1.11)

External links

  • Official Tribal Website
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College Website
  • [2], Census Fact Finder
  • Native Americans in Michigan Databases, Mainly Michigan website, includes "Durant Roll of 1908" and "Mt. Pleasant Indian School Register (1893 to 1932)"
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