Boozhoo! The Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians are Anishinaabe people that have existed and thrived for thousands of years in the Great Lakes area now known as Michigan. The Mackinac Bands is one of the oldest and largest historical groups of Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi people in Michigan, and comprises Units 11 through 17 of the former Northern Michigan Ottawa Association—a confederation that was formed in 1948 to politically address the needs of the Anishinaabe peoples in Michigan. The Mackinac Bands is a signatory tribe to 1820, 1836, and 1855 treaties with the United States of America. The tribe has been petitioning for federal recognition since 1998. As of 2012 the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians has been recognized as a State Historic Tribe by the State of Michigan. To learn more about our history and people, click here.