Great Lakes Essential Resources: Indigenous Peoples
According to Environmental Education for Kids, "approximately 120 bands" of indigenous peoples are known to have inhabited the Great Lakes basin throughout history. This page includes a selected list of resources related to native interactions with the Great Lakes. Collecting information about or linking to official websites for each nation is outside the scope of this guide. Please refer to this related guide Native American Primary Resources for additional information.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
We would like to begin by acknowledging the land on which the University at Buffalo operates, which is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.