Lewis Cass State renames building for two Michigan civil rights pioneers By Kevin Lavery | WKAR • Sep 21, 2020 Courtesy of the Michigan History Center Governor Gretchen Whitmer has formally dedicated a state office building with a new name that honors two civil rights pioneers. The former Lewis Cass building in downtown Lansing is now the Elliott-Larsen Building. "We've never had justice": How the Supreme Court rigged land deals against native people By Dustin Dwyer • Oct 16, 2018 Listen Listening... / 6:55 Part two in our series "An Idea on the Land." It was 1823. The land of Michigan wasn’t yet a state. The indigenous people far outnumbered the white settlers. The Erie Canal hadn’t opened. The flood of European immigrants was yet to arrive.