State Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids) announced the introduction of a resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior to approve the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians’ petition for federal recognition.
Lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting an expedited decision and urgent action on the Grand River Bands request for federal recognition.
Michigan lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to expedite its review of the Grand River Bands petition.
Grand River Bands members gathered along the banks of the Grand River to mark the bicentennial of the treaty that made the city of Grand Rapids possible.
Despite a 27-year effort, the tribe’s approximately 600 enrolled members remain in limbo when it comes to exercising their rights as citizens of a sovereign tribal nation.