Beyond the Treaty of 1821: Enduring Midwestern Indigenous Histories and Presence

Elizabeth Ellis

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Midwest; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples


Two hundred years ago Ottawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi peoples ceded huge tracts of land to the federal government in the 1821 Chicago Treaty. This treaty has often been considered an end point to Native history in the region. This panel places the treaty in the context of hundreds of years of midwestern Indigenous history and asks, How have Native peoples shaped the Midwest for generations both before and after 1821? This roundtable brings together historians and Indigenous studies scholars to examine land rights, erasures, and community building and will generate a robust discussion on history, policy, and memory in the Midwest.

Session Participants

Chair: Michael J. Witgen, University of Michigan

Panelist: Kasey Keeler, University of Wisconsin

Panelist: Doug Kiel, Northwestern University

Panelist: Jacob Lee, Penn State University

Panelist: Meredith McCoy, Carleton College

Panelist: Jimmy Sweet, Rutgers University–New Brunswick