Published on October 15, 2013 by Amy
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation is a band of Chippewa (or Ojibwe) and Odawa Indians located in central Michigan in the United States. The tribal government offices are located on the Isabella Indian Reservation, near the city of Mount Pleasant. The tribe owns and operates Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish. They also hold land on the Saganing reservation near Standish, with a community center in addition to the recently completed Eagle’s Landing casino on the Saganing reservation. As of February 2007, tribal membership was approximately 3,296. The US Census reports 528 persons living in the city of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan are Native American.
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On the Isabella Reservation is the largest community speaking the Odawa language.
Besides its gaming enterprises, the tribe owns other businesses and community operations. Including the Sagamok Shell Station, the Ziibiwing Cultural Society (a tribal museum), a substance abuse facility, a community clinic and health facilities. The tribe has recently opened a new Elders’ Center. Educational programs include the Saginaw Chippewa Academy (an elementary school), as well as a presence in the local public schools through Native American advocates and tutors. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is an accredited two-year college which operates with funding from the tribe. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe also hosts a pow-wow every year during the first full weekend of August. This competition powwow takes place at the powwow grounds that are situated on “the Hill” (the only hill on the otherwise flat Isabella Reservation). The Hill is also home to the tribal campgrounds and the Chippewa Indian Methodist Church.