Archive for the ‘Native American’ category

Indian names of places near the Great Lakes

September 17, 2008

Naming of Detroit is on Page 23

Indian names of places near the Great Lakes
By: Kelton, Dwight H., 1843-1906


Indian Names of the Great Lakes


Native American Voting Rights

March 18, 2008






Complaints – Houghton County.  ALsS regarding refusal to Indians at L’Anse of right to elect civil officials.  Involves Peter Crebassa family. 

Chief Okemos

January 17, 2008

Research – Chief Okemos


Source:  Pioneer History of Ingham County, Adams, Lansing, 1923, 846 pages.  See pp. 193-204.

Michigan Pioneer Collection                   III, 110, 49-52, 383

IV, 32

XII, 4, 343

XLV, 624, 625

XVIII, 10, 433

XXVI, 522, 523

XXVII, 399

XXXII, 264

XXXV, 405-406

Michigan History Magazine                   Vol. 6:  156-159, 45-46

Vol. 12:  601-603

Vol. 13:  584-586

Vol. 26:  505

Vol. 45:  23

Medicine Dance Ottawa Indians

July 6, 2007

INDIAN – MEDICINE DANCE – Me ta wuk (Ottawa)


1.     McCoy, Isaac.  History of the Baptist Missions..1840..Washington.  P206-12.

No Nothing Party

June 12, 2007





1.   Lardner, John.  “That was New York, the Martyrdom of Bill the Butcher.”  Story of Bill Poole and others such as James W. Barker, who ran for Mayor of New York in 1854, and Millard Fillmore, who ran for President in 1856.  Was a major political factor in political history of our country for only two years, 1854 and 1855.  Was anti-Foreigner movement which soon branched out to include anti-Roman-Catholicism, which was the belief of most of the immigrants.


In the New Yorker, March 20, 1954, pages 41-47 and March 27, 1957, pages 38-59.


2.   Mentioned in speech of Duncan Stewart included with speech of Ex-Governor Austin Blair at the Greeley-Brown ratification meeting in Detroit, 1872.  (MSL:  M304, S67)  Speeches of Michigan men in the Senate bound in one. 


3.   Newspapers of period.  See Lansing Republican, June 26, 1855; November 33, 1855 (re:  Convention at Cincinnati); December 4, 1855 (re:  anti-slavery branch). 


4.   Stephenson, George M.  A HISTORY OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION, 1820-1924.  Boston, Ginn and Company, 1926.  Vi, 316p.  Part 2.  One of his best chapters reviews Know-Nothing activity.


5.   Porter, Kirk H. and Donald Bruce Johnson, compilers.  NATIONAL PARTY PLATFORMS, 1840-1956.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press 1956.  Campaign of 1856.  pp.22-23.  Party frequently called Native American Party, but they call themselves simply the American Party in their own platform.  The Whigs nominated the same candidate for president as the American party, but repudiated the American Platform and adopted one of their own.


Kinnickinnick Kinnick knick wild tobacco-type plant

June 12, 2007





1.  Schoolcraft.  – Narrative Journal of Miss.  R., 18201 P161

Indians – Potawatomi and Ottawa in Oceana County

May 15, 2007



1.    Archeaological Atlas of Michigan-Hinsdale, N.  1931.
2.    Michigan Pioneer Collections Vol. 3 P368
3.    Lowell-100 years of History-Southwick


1.    History of Manistee, Mason, and Oceana County Page and Co., 1881
2.    Oceana County Topography, Biography, History, Art Folio & Directory of Freeholders.  Imperial Publishing Co., Saginaw. n.d.
3.    Standard Atlas of Oceana County, Michigan.  Ogle & Co., 1913.
4.    History of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians-Blackbird, Andrew J. 1887.
5.    Red Man’s America – Underhill, Ruth Murray, University of Chicago Press.  1953
6.    Indians of the Western Great Lakes-Kinietz, Williams Vernon, University of Michigan Press, 1940.
See:  Correspondence Mr. Frank A. Anthony, September 27, 1955.

See:  Totem Pole, April 2, 1956 “The Last of the Ottawa” by A. L. Spooner.