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Tribe aims to make Petoskey area Michigan's largest Indian reservation


PETOSKEY, MI — A Michigan tribe has gone to court in an under-the-radar bid to designate much of Hemingway country as the state's largest Indian reservation.

The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians is suing the state in federal district court, claiming treaties in 1836 and 1855 gives the tribe sovereignty over 337 square miles of land and 103 miles of shoreline in northern Michigan.

The case is expected to take years to resolve. But, if a judge decides a reservation was established more than 160 years ago, most of Emmet County, part of Charlevoix County, the cities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Good Hart, part of Charlevoix and two Lake Michigan islands would fall under tribal jurisdiction.


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