Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa

Sandy Lake Band Of Mississippi Chippewa

Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa

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Sandy Lake Band redirects to here. This article is about an indigenous tribe located in central Minnesota. For the indigenous tribe located in northern northwestern Ontario, please see Sandy Lake First Nation.

Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa (Ojibwe: Gaa-mitaawangaagamaag-ininiwag) are a historical Ojibwa tribe located in the upper Mississippi River basin, on and around Big Sandy Lake in what today is in Aitkin County, Minnesota. Though politically folded into the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, thus no longer independently Federally recognized, Sandy Lake Band members are trying to regain their independent Federal recognition restored.


Pre-treaty/Early Treaty Times

Since the earliest of days, Gaa-mitaawangaagamaag, as the Sandy Lake is known in Anishinaabemowin or the Chippewa language, acted as a commercial hub in both east-west trade (via Savanna Portage) and north-south trade (via the Mississippi River). Originally, the area occupied by the Sandy Lake Band was inhabited by the Gros Ventres (Atsina) Tribe. Approximately 1,600 years ago, the Nakota Sioux advancing northward displaced the Gros Ventres westward. With the arrival of the Chippewa approximately 800 years ago, conflicts between the Assiniboine and the Chippewa pursued. By the time the French fur traders made contact in the Sandy Lake region, the Sandy Lake Band had near full control of the area's trade routes. By the time of the arrival of the European settlers around Sandy Lake, the...
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