On February 8, 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act or General Allotment Act. Senator Henry Dawes of Massachusetts was the original author of this act. The law allowed for the president to break up reservation land, which was held in common by the members of a tribe, into small allotments to be parceled out to individuals. Native Americans registering on a tribal roll were granted allotments of the old reservation land. Each head of family would receive 80 acres; each single person over 21 receive 40 acres; and other single persons under 21 would receive 20 acres.These pages have been reformatted and are searchable by name or county now. Also added is a link to each record that will take you to the records on the Bureau of Land Management pages with one click, so you can retrieve the data there, plus a certificate image.Indian Land Allotments Patents and Trusts in Michigan
Land Allotments, Patents and Trusts¶
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Data prepared by Patricia Hamp