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Wyandot: Indigenous people from the Neutral/Petun Nations; a people from a peninsula.

From Huronia, which is now called Georgian Bay, to the St. Lawrence River to the shores of the Great Lakes, Michigan has been the traditional homeland of Wyandot for hundreds, if not thousands of years. We have lived on the waterfronts of the Detroit, Ecorse, Rouge, Huron and the Raisin Rivers, as well as the islands out in the Detroit River and Lake Erie in the US and Canada. Our people signed eighteen treaties from the Treaty of Fort McIntosh in 1785, to the Treaty of Washington D.C. in January of 1855, with the United States Government.

The Wyandot of Anderdon Nation did not leave our homeland when the U.S Government “removed” our people to Kansas in 1842. We remained in Michigan and Canada, continued to elect our Chief and our Tribal Council. We observed our ceremonies, built our sweat lodges, conducted our Green Corn Ceremony and our First Planting Ceremony every year. Our people have maintained our political and social organization as a tribe. We are now well into the 21st century and are reinforcing the commitment in a new generation to bring the Wyandot of Anderdon into a place where the Culture of the Wyandot is important in the continuity of community.

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