Sauk Indians

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The Sauk natives lived in Michigan and Wisconsin. The Sauks were part of the Algonquian natives. The Algonquian natives consisted of various tribes that spoke similar languages. "Sauk" means "people of the yellow earth."

The Sauks were originally allies of the French but fell from favor when they helped Native Americans who were hostile to the French. The Sauks were divided about which side to support during the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution the Sauks sided with the British against the Americans.

The Sauks never were a prominent tribe in Ohio. They gave up all claims to lands in Ohio with the signing of the Treaty of Fort Harmar (1789). In 1804, the Sauk natives relinquished all of their lands east of the Mississippi River.

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.