In 1979, Judge Noel Fox ruled that a number of Indian tribes in Michigan still had the right to fish in parts of the Great Lakes, rights retained by their ancestors in the early 1800s.

“The mere passage of time has not eroded, and cannot erode the rights guaranteed by solemn treaties” said the federal judge.

This recognition sparked a rebirth of native culture in northern Michigan.

Learn about this historic event and how it has shaped life for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Our guests will be Grand Traverse Band members Cindi John, from Treaty Fish Company in Leelanau County, and Matthew Fletcher, a professor of indigenous law at Michigan State University and publisher of the blog Turtle Talk.

And enjoy smoked fish from Grand Traverse Bay caught and prepared by Treaty Fish!

6:30 Doors Open
7:00 Welcome and Open Discussion
8:15ish Conclusion


Watershed Church is committed to following the command of Jesus to "love your neighbors" in finding creative ways to foster peacemaking between the people of northern Michigan.