Zhiibaa’iganing-Anishinaabeg gaa-daawag omaa
The Burt Lake Band of Anishinaabe have lived
ginwenzh. 1836 naakonigewining 1000 diba’igaanan
on this land for centuries. The 1836 Treaty of
Anishinaabe-neyaashing gaa-miizhaawaad mii dash
Washington set aside 1000 acres of land on Indian
chimookomaanan bwaa-ganawenimigoowaad Anishinaabeg.
Point however, the government failed to protect it.
Aki dibaabaadaanaawaa 1840 miinawaa 1855
The land was surveyed in 1840 and 1855, mapping
ji-waabandamowaad oodenaang gitigewikamigoon.
out the Band’s Indian Village and farmlands. In the
late 1840’s the Band decided to purchase six parcels
ji-giishpinadoowaad. Ani 1855 gii-dibendaanaawaa
via Federal land patents. By 1855 they owned 375
375 diba’igaaadeg akiin, niizhtana mitigo-waakaa’iganan,
acres of Federal “In Trust to the Governor” land,
bezhig anama’ewigamig miinawaa bezhig jiibewigamig.
twenty log homes, a church and a cemetery.
Baanimaa a’aw aki zhooniyaa-inini gii-maajiidoon
Decades later, the “In Trust” lands were illegally taxed and
mii dash oodenaang wendaajig gii-ikonigaazowaad.
a local banker illegally seized the land, evicting the
Binaakwe-giizis 15, 1900, gii-giichigoshkaagoowaad
villagers. On October 15, 1900, the county sheriff
dakonininiwan izhi-daawaad jaagaakizaanid.
forced the residents from their homes and they were
then burned to the ground. At least seventy-seven Band
Anishinaabeg izhi-daawag gii-banaajitoonid.
members lost their homes. Since that date, the Burt
Akwi Zhiibaa’iganing Anishinaabeg gagwejitoonaawaa
Lake Band has engaged in legal action to regain their
Federal status. The State of Michigan recognized the
Michiganing nisidawaabanjigaazowag 1985.
Burt Lake Band in 1985. They await the federal
1836 ako-baabiitoonaawaa ji-nisidawaabanjigaazowaad.
re-affirmation, first received in 1836.