CANADA: Big Wampum

By a treaty signed in 1827, the government of Canada and its sovereign recognized the perpetual right of the Chippewa Indians to occupy their reserve on the banks of the St. Clair River, not far from Detroit, in what later became the city of Sarnia. Last week, in one of the biggest real estate deals ever closed in Canada, the Chippewas sold 2,768 acres of their ancestral domain to New England Industries of New York. Price: $7,902,092.

The land, now occupied by houses, small truck gardens and undeveloped brush land, lies in the heart of Sarnia's famed "chemical valley," surrounded...

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