Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60During the late 1840s, rumors circulated that the Chippewa Indians who inhab- ited lands south of Lake Superior were destined to be removed from their homes and sent to territories west of the Mississippi River, now Minnesota. In 1849 a Chippewa delegation traveled to Washington to petition Congress and President James K. Polk to guarantee the tribe a permanent home in Wisconsin. These del- egates carried this symbolic petition with them on their journey. The animal figures represent the various“totems,”as determined by family lineage, whose representatives made the historic appeal. Other images represent some features of the tribe’s beloved north woods. Lines connect the hearts and eyes of the various totems to a chain of wild rice lakes, signifying the unity of the delegation’s purpose. This pictograph, originally rendered by the Chippewa on the inner bark from a white birch tree, was redrawn by Seth Eastman and appears in Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States, Vol. 1 (1851). The following legend details the pictograph’s numbered images and what they represent: 1. Osh-ca-ba-wis—Chief and leader of the delegation, representing the Crane totem. 2. Wai-mi-tig-oazh—He of the Wooden Vessel, a warrior of the Marten totem. 3. 0-ge-ma-gee-zhig-Sky—Chief, a warrior of the Marten totem. 4. Muk-o-mis-ud-ains—A warrior of the Marten totem. 5. 0-mush-kose—Little Elk, of the Bear totem. 6. Penai-see—Little Bird, of the Man Fish totem. 7. Na-wa-je-wun—Strong Stream, of the Catfish totem. 8. Rice lakes in northern Wisconsin. 9. Path from Lake Superior to the rice lakes. 10. Lake Superior Shoreline. 11. Lake Superior. (Reprinted with permission from The Wisconsin Historical Society) Front cover image: Symbolic Petition of Chippewa Chiefs Symbolic Petition of Chippewa Chiefs, 1849 GLIFWC Member Tribes Michigan Bay Mills Indian Community Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Lac Vieux Desert Band 12140 W. Lakeshore Drive 16429 Beartown Road PO Box 249 Brimley, MI 49715 Baraga, MI 49908 Watersmeet, MI 49969 906.248.3241 906.353.6623 906.358.4577 Minnesota Fond du Lac Band Mille Lacs Band 1720 Big Lake Road 43408 Oodena Drive Cloquet, MN 55720 Onamia, MN 56359 218.879.4593 320.532.4181 Wisconsin Bad River Band Lac Courte Oreilles Band Lac du Flambeau Band PO Box 39 13394 W. Trepania Road PO Box 67 Odanah, WI 54861 Hayward, WI 54843 Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538 715.682.7111 715.634.8934 715.588.3303 Red Cliff Band St. Croix Band Sokaogon/Mole Lake Band 88385 Pike Road 24663 Angeline Avenue 3051 Sand Lake Road Bayfield, WI 54814 Webster, WI 54893 Crandon, WI 54520 715.779.3700 715.349.2195 715.478.7500