The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is comprised mainly of the Saginaw, Black River, and Swan Creek Ojibwe bands.
The tribe provides a variety of governmental services to its members, the reservation, and surrounding communities. These services include police and fire protection, social and health services, housing, and economic development that benefit all of Isabella County.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is one of the county’s largest employers.
Seventh Generation Program/Elijah Elk Cultural Center
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Seventh Generation Program strives to instill traditional Anishinabe values and behavior in the community. The program offers a wide range of cultural/traditional events and activities, including seasonal feasts, woodworking, gardening, stone carving, and making maple syrup. The Seventh Generation Program is located at the Elijah Elk Cultural Center, named after the first Tribal Council Chief under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1937.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe gives more than $64 million annually to local and state government and services.
The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort provides economic advantages to the Mount Pleasant area. People who come to enjoy the gaming and entertainment often stay in Mount Pleasant’s hotels, eat in its restaurants, and spend money on other forms of entertainment.
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Reservation facts
- 8/2/1855 - Date of the treaty that established the reservation
- 3,624 - Enrolled members of Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, many who live on the reservation, while others live throughout Michigan and the United States (2,753 adults & 871 children)
- 1,592 - Tribal members who live in Isabella County
- 642 - Acres the United States currently holds in trust for the tribe
- 723 - Acres held in restricted status for individual tribal members – land which cannot be sold without government approval