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Seal for the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Early History

Early accounts of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians date back to the 1600's, when French missionaries wrote of wintering with the Band. The Tribe members were recognized for achieving sustainability through fishing, hunting, and gathering natural foods.

After the treaty of 1854, a large portion of the Lac Vieux Desert Band members returned to their original village of Ketegitigaaning. When the ceded Indian lands were placed on public sale, the members of Ketegitigaaning pooled part of the yield of their winter hunting, and took the furs to the Public Land Office to purchase back the land they were living on.

Our Tribe Today

Residing in Watersmeet, Michigan, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians was previously recognized as a member of the Keweenaw Bay Band. In 1988, after more than two decades of effort by the Tribe, US President Ronald Reagan signed the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Act that made Lac Vieux Desert a Federally Recognized Tribe. The Act allowed the Tribe to be officially recognized as a separate and distinct Tribe apart from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, governed by its own constitution and bylaws.

Our Reservation

Presently, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Reservation is set upon the beautiful landscape of Watersmeet, Michigan. Aptly named, Watersmeet is home to the boundaries where three major watersheds meet: the Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River, and Lake Michigan. The inherent traits of such a destination make Watersmeet a natural travel and trade hub. As such, it has been a historically significant location for fur traders, explorers, miners, and loggers. Today, the Tribe strives to preserve the integrity of this land for future generations to enjoy.

Our Product

Through the relatively new resource of Ecommerce, the Tribe has again found an opportunity to spur economic development on the Reservation, despite its geographic isolation.

Big Picture Loans is a Tribally owned and operated entity of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, registered and located on the Tribe's reservation in Watersmeet, Michigan. The Company is established for the economic benefit of the Tribe, and is a wholly owned, managed, controlled and operated instrumentality of the Tribe.

As one of many industries developed by the Tribe, online Tribal lending is a legal enterprise that provides a pathway to economic stability for the Tribe and its Tribal members, while providing much-needed assistance to individuals from all backgrounds. Online Tribal lending provides a vital service to many Americans who would otherwise be without access to short-term financial assistance, while simultaneously creating economic and employment opportunities for Tribal members.


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