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date: 28 February 2020

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The experience of Native people in the Great Lakes region is crucial to understanding the larger history of American Indians. The region was (and remains) a microcosm of the experiences of Native peoples in North America. Most major issues in American Indian history either originated in the Great Lakes or have had a corresponding impact, including removal, military conflict, allotment, termination, challenges of urban life, Indian activism, treaty rights, and economic development via gaming. This chapter reviews those events and topics while exploring the central and critical role that relationships have played in the lives and experiences of Native people in the Great Lakes.

Keywords: fur trade, Miami removal, Sandy Lake tragedy, Dakota War, White Earth reservation, Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial School, Menominee termination, American Indian Movement, Voigt decision, Mystic Lake Casino

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