Forest County Potawatomi Indian Tribe

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 340
Crandon, WI 54520

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Cultural History

What used to be a large tribe back in the older times has now gone a little bit smaller. The Potawatomi Nation we know today hails from the three tribes. The Europeans were the ones who gave this tribe their name, "Woodland Indian Tribe". Another term that was branded to them was the Algonquin based on their linguistic capabilities, and the Neshnabek which is from their own language meaning "original people". Together with
Together with the Neshnabek, the Potawatomi tribe created a league with the Ojibwa also known as the Chippewa and the Odawa or the Ottawa Indians. Tales from their past describe the tribe as one nation that was soon divided into three. Their history also states that the tribe’s original land was either the East Coast or near the Atlantic Ocean. Several years past and more historical artifacts revealed that the Potawatomi were from the Great Lakes area while some suggest that they are from some areas in Wisconsin. The history retells the story of their migration to the east and then settled together with the Ojibwa and the Odawa tribes. Because of spiritual beliefs, they soon returned to the west and in the Great Lakes area. Their current land is now known as the Sault Ste. Marie which is another European term referring to their place of settlement. It was then the time for this tribe to divide into three as they are known today. The three tribes are the Chippewa who were also dubbed as the oldest and the Keepers of Faith, the Ottawa, who were the middle bothers and are the Keepers of the Trade and finally, the Potawatomi who were also known as Bodewadmi, the youngest of the three and the Keepers of Fire. Being the Keepers of the Fire meant handling the tribe with pride as they are expected to maintain the Sacred Fire which they carried wherever they went. At the same time, the three tribes decided to divide their land areas into three. 
The Potawatomi tribe settled in the southern area of the Sault Ste. Marie. Since their first contact with the Europeans, they have long been settled in places like the lower areas of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Their land areas used to be millions until the signing of treaties which paved way to the ceding of their properties. It was the Potawatomi tribe who signed the most number of treaties than any other tribe in the whole of the United States. The forty-two treaties that they signed took away their territories little by little.
I was the Treaty of Chicago that came first. It was signed in 1795 and took over 5 Million acres of land. It was then the time when the Potawatomi lost their territories in the eastern part of the Mississippi River.  
These days, the Forest County Potawatomi Indian Tribe is engaged in the Potawatomi Traveling Times, their cultural center, their wellness canter, their Foundation Community, the Potawatomi Convenience Store, the Northern Lights Bingo and Casino, Milwaukee Bingo and Casino, Indian Springs Lodge, FCP Racing, Wee Care Learning Center, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation and the One Prospect Technologies.

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