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



After the treaty of 1854, a large portion of the Tribal 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.



Residing in Watersmeet, Michigan, the Tribe was previously recognized as a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. In 1988, after more than two decades of effort by the Tribe, US President Reagan signed the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Act 25 U.S.C. 1300(h), ("Act") granting status to the Tribe as a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Act officially recognized the Tribe as a separate sovereign nation apart from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, governed by its own constitution and bylaws.



Presently, the Tribe's reservation exists within 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 made 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.

The internet provides the Tribe with the ultimate resource and opportunity to spur economic growth and business development despite its geographic location.

Big Picture Loans was formed by the Tribe to enhance the Tribe’s self-determination and further diversify the Tribe’s economy. Big Picture Loans is an economic arm and instrumentality of the Tribe that is organized and licensed under Tribal law and is located on the Tribe’s reservation.

Big Picture Loans’ online consumer loan business is specifically authorized by Tribal law. Big Picture Loans maintains a valid Financial Services License issued by the Tribal Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“Authority”). You can learn about the authority here http://www.lvdtribal.com/tfsra.htmlYou are about to leave the Big Picture Loans Web site, we are not responsible for any external Web sites content.. Big Picture Loans provides a pathway to economic stability for the Tribe and its members while providing a vital service to Americans of all backgrounds who might otherwise be without access to the financial assistance they need.



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