Treaty signed : September 24, 1819.
Treaty Proclamation by the President of the United States : March 25, 1820
The Treaty of Saginaw, also known as the Treaty with the Chippewa, was made between General (and Territorial Governor) Lewis Cass and Chief John Okemos, Chief Wasso and other Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region (principally the Ojibwe, but also the Ottawa and Potawatomi) on this day in 1819. Over 6 million acres, a third of the lower peninsula of Michigan was opened for legal white settlement by the treaty.
YouTube video by Dennis Morris, July 31, 2016, 12:30 min.
1819 Saginaw Cession and Treaty. A chapter from the Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, GEO333, Michigan State University.
Saginaw Treaty of 1819 Map courtesy of the Bay Journal.
Indian Reservations and Treaty Cessions Related to Michigan. Compiled by Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. To find out information about specific treaties, just click on one of the numbers on the map (which corresponds to the treaty) or click on one of the links at the bottom.
- 1. Greenville Treaty,1795
- 2. Detroit Treaty, 1807
- 3. Foot of the Rapids Treaty, 1817
- 4. Saginaw Treaty, 1819
- 5. Sault St. Marie, 1820
- 6. Chicago Treaty, 1821
- 7. Carey Mission, 1828
- 8. Chicago Treaty, 1833
- 9. Washington Treaty, 1836
- 10. Cedar Point Treaty, 1836
- 11. La Pointe Treaty, 1842