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ATTENTION: Please note that The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians Information Network is an Independent website not affiliated or associated with the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, Inc. who is the official organization working on the re-affirmation of our tribe for our citizens.
Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, Inc.
P.O. Box 2937 Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2937
Ron Yob, Chairman

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior:

BIA-OFA Ready List - Active petitions awaiting proposed findings

William F. Negake Post 1329 Veterans Of Foreign Wars Of The United States 3241 N 72nd Avenue Lot 40 Hart , MI 49420-8612 map

Help veterans in need with one click. The Veterans Site

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Embassy of Tribal Nations
1516 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 466-7767, Fax: (202) 466-7797

The Association on American Indian Affairs

Executive Office

966 Hungerford Drive
Suite 12-B
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-314-7155
Fax: 240-314-7159


Man Who Threw Beer on Native American Kids Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Simon Moya-Smith 2/18/15

A man who hurled beer and racial slurs at a group of Native American kids last month at a hockey game in Rapid City, South Dakota, will be charged with disorderly conduct, officials said Wednesday in a statement.



Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal leader addresses disenrollment following Tuesday meeting

"More than 200 members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe want answers after a round of disenrollment letters was sent out in May.

Tribal Council member Michele Stanley set aside time after Tuesday morning's regular Tribal Council meeting to address some of the concerns that were raised.

A total of 234 members – 169 living and the rest deceased..."

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Tribe plans gambling in Lansing, suburban Detroit

June 11, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Indian tribe announced Wednesday that it's seeking land in Lansing and near Detroit Metropolitan Airport to build gambling facilities.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians said it filed applications Tuesday with the U.S. Department of the Interior to take the land into trust.

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2014 Negake Family Reunion

Saturday, July 12

The lodge at Pioneer Park

$10 per family + dish to pass

Please help spread the word.  I had a computer glitch I'm still trying to fix and lost some family info.



Anishinaabe Language & Culture Camp

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians invites you to the 21st Annual Anishinaabe Family Language/Culture Camp - July 25, 26 & 27, 2014

Camp Flyer



Interior Proposes Reform of Federal Acknowledgment Regulations

Proposed rule would address “broken” process

 Washington, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced publication of proposed regulations that would reform the 35-year old process by which the Department of the Interior officially recognizes Indian tribes.  Federal acknowledgment establishes the U.S. Government as the trustee for Tribal lands and resources and makes Tribal members and governments eligible for federal budget assistance and program services.

Thursday 7/17 /2014 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Menominee Casino Resort N277 Hwy. 47/55 , P.O. Box 760, Keshena , WI 54135

Revisions to Regulations on Federal Acknowledgment of Indian Tribes (25 CFR 83 or "Part 83")



Supporting The Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposed Reform of the Federal Recognition Process

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 The National Congress of American Indians
Resolution #TUL-13-002

TITLE: Supporting the Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposed Reform of the Federal Recognition Process

WHEREAS, we, the members of the National Congress of American Indians of the United States, invoking the divine blessing of the Creator upon our efforts and purposes, in order to preserve for ourselves and our descendants the inherent sovereign rights of our Indian nations, rights secured under Indian treaties and agreements with the United States, and all other rights and benefits to which we are entitled under the laws and Constitution of the United States, to enlighten the public toward...



16th Annual GVSU Spring Pow Wow
Celebrating All Walks of Life
Grand Entry at 1pm and 6pm
Doors Open at 11am 

Saturday, April 5, 2014
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Michigan's University's Spring Powwow season is upon us once again and I'd like to take a moment to relay a thought about these special events. I just returned from Northern Michigan University's Powwow, March 15th, and had an opportunity to talk with Sam Doyle, the fire keeper. He took over for me at NMU when I graduated back in 05' and has kept fire for NMU's powwow since. This weekend he informed me that GVSU also has a fire at their powwow and he'll be fire keeper again for their second powwow fire. Why is this important you might be asking yourself? NMU was the first publicly funded institution in the state to allow open fire on the ground for any event. Albeit most of us take for granted that going to Powwow means there will be a sacred fire where people can pass Sema and thank Creator, but when it comes to Universities and other state funded institutions the rule of thumb is no fire. So headgear off to Grand Valley State University for their dedication and efforts. And yes the St. Paddy's Day Powwow at NMU was cold (10*f), wet (rain followed by 6" of snow), and very successful (over 1000 attendees).



UofM's 42nd Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

April 5 & 6,  2014 Skyline High School - Ann Arbor, MI 

Boozhoo! Welcome! 

Address of Powwow Location:

Skyline High School

2552 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103



Current Status of GRBOI Federal Recognition Petition and Proposed Revisions to the Federal Acknowledgement Regulations by DOI – How did we get here? Letter to GRBOI Tribal Citizens

Boozhoo GRBOI Family,

I'm sure by now you've heard that GRBOI is on Active Consideration for federal acknowledgement. I just wanted to offer a little background about what's been going on in the federal acknowledgement world for the past year or so so you can see how we got to where we are now.

I work for a Native non-profit and this is the information I have gathered from my job and my experiences. This is not my area of expertise, I just have a lot of information available to me regarding federal acknowledgement and many other Indian related issues that I'm more than happy to pass on. Feel free to contact me at my office at...

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Status of GRBOI Petition & Changes to the Regs Letter to GRBOI Tribal Citizens - February 2014

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Northern Michigan University's 21st annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow

on Saturday, March 15

Join us at the Vandament Arena

Saturday Grand Entry
Noon and 6pm EST 

Doors Open to Public at 11am EST

General Admission Ticket Price - $5 

NMU Students FREE w/NMU ID


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