HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 26Gov. Snyder Recognizes Importance of Tribal Sovereignty

On Thursday, August 23, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed Executive Directive No. 2012-02 that recognizes a 2002 Government-to-Government Accord between the state of Michigan and federally-recognized Indian Tribes in the state.  Among other things, the 2002 Accord reinforces the state’s obligation to respect the sovereignty and rights of Michigan’s twelve federally recognized Native American communities.

The Executive Directive was signed as a part of the annual 2012 State-Tribal Summit, an event that discussed issues of common concern among tribes including human services, transportation and economic development

“By signing this executive directive, I am signaling my commitment to building a strong relationship between tribes and the state not only during my tenure as governor, but for many years in the future,” stated Gov. Snyder.  “The state has worked constructively with Michigan’s tribes in many areas including transportation, human services and economic development, and I look forward to improving this relationship as we move toward a brighter future for all of Michigan.”

Under the Directive, Gov. Snyder will select an advisor from a member of his legal division to act as a tribal-state liaison who will monitor the state’s adherence to the 2002 Accord.  Michigan’s federally recognized tribes include: Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi (Gun Lake Tribe), Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Ottawa Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.


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