The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians is a native sovereign nation with agreements with the federal government dating back to 1795.
The Grand River Bands originally included 19 bands of Ottawa people who lived along the Grand River and other waterways in southwest Michigan. Most of the Grand River Bands’ current membership resides in Kent, Muskegon and Oceana counties.
The Grand River Bands have been working to gain federal recognition for nearly 30 years, and the lack of recognition has hindered the tribes’ ability to access resources.
News & Updates
June 2, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2023 Event celebrates rich culture of West Michigan tribes GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians are hosting the 41st annual Homecoming of the Three Fires gathering June 10-11. The Homecoming of the Three Fires is an annual celebration held at Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave…. Continue reading
May 10, 2023
DATE: Friday, May 5, 2023 LANSING – The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians are continuing to advocate for their long overdue federal recognition and have enlisted the support of professional historians and other experts to make their case to the U.S. Department of the Interior. “The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians continues to… Continue reading