Welcome Everyone to the official governmental website for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, Michigan.
The Little River Ottawa descend from members of certain Grand River Ottawa Bands who lived in villages located on the Manistee River, Pere Marquette River, and at several villages on the Grand River system in Michigan. As a result of historic circumstances, only that portion of the Grand River Ottawa people now known as the Little River Band of Ottawa, had its status as a federally recognized Indian tribe reaffirmed and restored by the United States in 1994.
Other Grand River Ottawa people continue to pursue reaffirmation of their tribal status with the federal government. Our ancestors signed four treaties with the United States that recognized our original territories and our status as a sovereign nation. Two of those treaties, the 1836 Treaty of Washington and the 1855 Treaty of Detroit, created land reservations, which continue to be under the jurisdiction of our Tribe as indicated in Article I of our Tribal Constitution.