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Ojibwe Family History Research: Newspapers


Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.The Minnesota Historical Society holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day. 

Past issues of most newspaper titles are available on microfilm in the MNHS library, but there is also digital access to select newspapers

Use the links to the left to search for newspapers available at MNHS and to search within digitized newspaper collections.   



The Minnesota Historical Society Library has microfilm copies of most newspapers published in Minnesota, arranged by city of publication.

You can check for obituaries if you have a date of death for the family member. For death dates between 1904 and 2001, check the online Minnesota Death Certificates Index in People Finder.

To order a Minnesota obituary online,  fill out the order form on the Obituary Request page at our online store. Please include any and all information you have about the record you are looking for.   

Ojibwe Newspapers

The Library also has several newspapers published by or for the Ojibwe people.  All newspapers are microfilmed unless otherwise noted. 

The Progress
White Earth, Minn.: Gus H. Beaulieu, 1886-1889.
MNHS has 1886-1889 (volumes 1-2).
MNHS call number: Filed under White Earth, then Progress.

Red Lake News
“A newspaper devoted to the interests of the Red Lake Chippewa Indians.”
Published in Red Lake, MN
MNHS has 1915-1920 (volumes 3-6).
MNHS call number: Filed under Red Lake, then News.

The Tomahawk
“Official organ of the Minnesota Chippewas.”
White Earth, MN Gus H. Beaulieu, 1903-192?; Calloway, Minn.: L. A. Weston, 1927-?
MNHS has 1903-1926 Oct. (volumes 1-24), published as The Tomahawk; 1927 Jan-.June (volume 24), published as The Callaway Tomahawk.
MNHS call number: Filed under White Earth, then Tomahawk.

Anishinabe Enamiad
A monthly journal devoted to the interests of the Franciscan Missions among the Ottawa and Ojibwe Indians.
Harbor Springs, Mich.: Holy Childhood Indian School, 1896-?
MNHS has volumes 21-28.
MNHS call number: BV 2131 .A59

The Anishinabe Journal
Ponsford, MN White Earth Reservation Business Committee, 1972-?
MNHS has only September 1, 1972.
MNHS call number: Filed under Ponsford, then Anishinabe Journal.

The Chippeway Herald
Published monthly at the White Earth Boarding School by Indian pupils.
MNHS has volumes 1-8 (1902-1909).
MNHS call number: E 99 .C6 C53

The Circle
Minneapolis, MN: The Circle Corporation [Minneapolis Regional Native American Center], 1980-
MNHS has issues from Nov. 1976 to the present. 1976-1995 are available on microfilm.
MNHS call number: Newspaper Microfilm, 874

The Minnesota Chippewa Bulletin
Duluth/Cass Lake, MN Consolidated Chippewa Agency, 1938-?
MNHS has volumes 1938-1948 (volumes 1-106).
MNHS call number: E 99 .C6 M5

Ojibway Akiing (Ojibway Turf)
Hayward, WI: Indian Country Communications, 1996-current.
MNHS has 1996-2004 (volumes 1-8), published as Ojibway Akiing;
2004-2006 (volumes 8-10), published as Akiing; starting in January 2007, Akiing appears as a special section in the News from Indian Country in the first issue of each month.
MNHS call number: Filed under Wisconsin, Hayward, then Akiing.

The Ojibway News
“Voice of the Anishinabeg (The People).”
Bemidji, MN: Native American Press Co., 1994-1995.
MNHS has 1994-1995 (volumes 5-7), published as The Ojibway News; .
MNHS call number: Newspaper Microfilm, 1297

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