The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt to establish the fourth Friday in September as Michigan Indian Day.
Representatives from twelve Native American tribes from throughout the state were at the Capitol for the occasion, and Bay Mills Indian Community Pipe Carrier Dwight Bucko Teeple led the Senate invocation.
Senate Resolution 93 in part recognizes the shared history between Michiganders and the peoples of the tribes and the partnership established in a government-to-government accord that helped to enhance and improve communication, foster respect for sovereign status, and facilitate the resolution of potentially contentious issues.
“It’s an honor to offer this resolution to establish Michigan Indian Day,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “We are grateful for the lasting relationship we hold with the twelve tribes that reside within Michigan’s borders and look forward to continuing the fruitful and cooperative efforts to improve the lives of each of our citizens for generations to come.”
The twelve federally recognized tribes are:
- Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians;
- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community;
- Hannahville Indian Community;
- Bay Mills Indian Community;
- Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians;
- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians;
- Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians;
- Little River Band of Ottawa Indians;
- Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi;
- Pokagon Band of Potawatomi;
- Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.