Remembering what the Ojibwe lost at the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw

By Mike Mills

Deceitful fur traders, fistfights, drunken mayhem, an ambitious territorial governor with sacks of silver coins and six million acres of prime Michigan land vanishing from Indian control. Such was the experience of thousands of native Michigan Ojibwe people at the trading post of Louis Campau after two weeks of negotiations, culminating in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

September 24, 2019 marks the bicentennial anniversary of one of the largest and most consequential land cession treaties in the Northwest Territory, land that today includes the cities of…

Mike Mills

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