Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Shawnee, OK 74801
Toll Free: 800-880-9880
Culturally and linguistically, the Potawatomi are connected to the Ojibwe and the Odawa forming the Nishnabe (the Original People). Traditionally, they form an alliance known as the Three Fires in which each group functions to serve the Nishnabe as a whole. The Bodewadmi, are the "Keepers of the Fire," and the word Potawatomi means "People of the Place of the Fire."
Historically, the Potawatomi were a powerful Great Lakes nation that controlled millions of acres in what are now Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. They were one of the initial tribes to forge both a business and kindred bond with the French, controlling much of the northern fur trade during the 1700s. The Potawatomi fiercely resisted Anglo encroachment and proved to be formidable opponents to both the English and Americans.
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-270