Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians


~Welcome to the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Website~


The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians extends our condolences and support to the Bad River Band of Ojibwe in this time of tragedy. We give our thoughts and prayers to the family of the young boy who tragically lost his life Wednesday in Odanah. We stand together with the tribe and its members during this time of tragedy.

In times of tragedy when the interaction of police with the public ends in the loss of life, we must come together to ensure that these outcomes may be avoided in the future. Lac Vieux Desert supports local law enforcement and the job that they do in protecting the public, but that duty comes with great responsibility and the taking of a life in the line of duty must be done so as a last resort. As governments, tribal, state, and federal alike, we must support law enforcement and our communities by providing the proper level of funding to train officers to the greatest degree available and to provide them the necessary tools, such as non-lethal weapons, to ensure that we provide as many opportunities to avoid the tragic loss of life that too often happens today.

In times like these, the only option for healing is to come together to support all of the individuals, families, and communities touched by this tragedy. The Lac Vieux Desert Band stands firm in its support of the Bad River Band, the families, and members of the community and offer our assistance in this time of sorrow and grief.

The tribe originally lived on South Island in Lac Vieux Desert until they moved to the south shore of the lake around 1880.

Fishing, hunting and gathering natural foods has sustained the members of the Lac Vieux Desert Band for years.

After the treaty of 1854, a large portion of the Lac Vieux Desert Band returned to this village from the established reservation at L'anse. When the ceded Indian lands were placed on public sale, the Indian of Katikitegoning pooled part of the yield of their winter hunting, and took the furs to the Public Land Office in Marquette to purchase the land they were living on.


Main Tribal Offices:
Address: N4698 US 45 Watersmeet, MI 49969
Phone: 1-906-358-4577

Address: E23970 Pow wow Trail Watersmeet, MI 49969
Phone: 1-906-358-0330