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Hannahville Indian Reservation

The Hannahville Indian Reservation is a Potawatomi Reservation and according to records the current location was found in 1884 under the direction of Methodist Missionary, Peter Marksman. Little information is available through the Missionary records as the presiding elders or missionary failed to keep detailed records of the Mission.

The original settlement is thought to have been along the mouth of the Big Cedar River, on Lake Michigan.

The people of Hannahville are descendents of those who refused to leave Michigan in 1834 during the great Indian Removal. They lived with the Menominee in Northern Wisconsin, and the Ojibway and Ottawa people in Canada. In 1853 some these people began returning to Michigan. It was at this time they settled along the Big Cedar River.

Church records report that Marksman was sent to the area as an assistant, rather than the presiding Missionary. During this time he has been credited with finding a parcel of land and moving the Potawatomi people to the current location. According to church records, the people were very fond of Marksman wife, Hannah and named their community after her.

In 1913, Congress acknowledged the Hannahville Potawatomi and purchased 3.400 acres of land in scattered parcels and added another 39 acres in 1942. The people of Hannahville have been federally recognized since 1936.


Turtle.gif (429 bytes)Hannahville Beginnings - Notes and articles found in local museums and libraries.

Turtle.gif (429 bytes)Hannahville History - by Tribal Member Earl Meshigaud, Jr.

Turtle.gif (429 bytes)Education in Hannahville

Turtle.gif (429 bytes)Electricity for Christmas - December 1976