The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi currently resides on the Pine Creek Reservation in Athens, MI.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi finally received federal acknowledgement in 1995, over a century and a half after their attempted removal.
Before Michigan became a state the people who traveled through this territory were known as the people of the three fires. The Ojibwa, Odawa and the Bodewadomi made their homes here in Michigan and met in councils to discuss their concerns. Each group had a specific responsibility: The Ojibwa (Chippewa) were the Keepers of the Faith, the Odawa (Ottawa) were the Keepers of Trade and the Bodewadomi (Potawatomi) were the Keepers of the Fire. The Potawatomi have maintained their cultural role as: The Fire Keepers!
Gaming Commission information
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) Gaming Commission was established by Tribal Council under the Tribal Code of Justice in 2000. The Gaming Commission consists of five (5) Commissioners and a comprehensive staff to regulate the FireKeepers Casino. No one has a greater interest in protecting the integrity of tribal gaming than Indian Governments. This is the most precious economic resource they have had since before the colonists arrived. As a result, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Government, like other governments, is the Primary Regulator of gaming on the reservation, placing highest priority on protecting Tribal assets, ensuring the integrity of gaming and assuring a safe, secure and healthy recreational and work environment for customers and employees.