Potawatomi, Algonquian-speaking tribe of North American Indians who were living in what is now northeastern Wisconsin, U.S., when first observed by Europeans in the 17th century.
But did you know that there is another casino in Wisconsin, owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi tribe, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel? The Forest County Potawatomi purchased land in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley in 1990, with the goal of building a bingo hall.
Their name is a translation of the Ojibwe word “potawatomink” meaning “people of the place of fire.” In their own language, the Potawatomi refer to themselves as the Nishnabek or “people.”
The Potawatomi built large, bark-covered houses. They also built smaller, dome -shaped homes called wigwams.
Ahaw is the word for “ hi ” in Potawatomi. It is pronounced “ah how”.
The Potawatomi continued to ally themselves with the French, as did other tribes from Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. They fought in many famous battles of the war such as Braddock’s Defeat in Pennsylvania in 1755 and the infamous Massacre of Fort William Henry in New York in 1757.
In the early twenty-first century religion in the Potawatomi communities embraces Christianity, the Dream Dance, and the Native American Church.
The tribe raked in at least $360 million from the slot machines and table games at Potawatomi’s Hotel & Casino in the 12-month period ended July 31, up from more than $352 million the previous fiscal year, according to a Journal Sentinel estimate.
The 26 Indian casinos and gaming facilities in Wisconsin are authorized and regulated by US Interior Department (Source: NIGC).
Many Potawatomi children like to go hunting and fishing or camp outdoors. In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play, just like early colonial children. But they did have dolls and toys to play with.
Under Indian Removal, they eventually ceded many of their lands, and most of the Potawatomi relocated to Nebraska, Kansas, and Indian Territory, now in Oklahoma. Some bands survived in the Great Lakes region and today are federally recognized as tribes.
Today, the Forest County Potawatomi Community is thriving with an enrolled membership of about 1,400. Nearly half of the Tribe lives on the reservation, comprised of four communities in the southern section of Forest County, Wisconsin.
Shabonee, also spelled Shabbona, (born c. 1775, near Maumee River [Ohio, U.S.]—died July 17, 1859, Morris, Ill., U.S.), Potawatomi Indian chief, hero of a Paul Revere -style ride through northern Illinois in 1832, the purpose of which was to warn white settlers of an imminent Indian raid during the Black Hawk War.
The Menominee (/məˈnɑːməˌni/; also spelled Menomini, derived from the Ojibwe language word for “Wild Rice People”; known as Mamaceqtaw, “the people”, in the Menominee language) are a federally recognized nation of Native Americans, with a 353.894 sq mi (916.581 km2) reservation in Wisconsin.
Wigwams are made of wooden frames which are covered with woven mats and sheets of birchbark. The frame can be shaped like a dome, like a cone, or like a rectangle with an arched roof. Once the birchbark is in place, ropes or strips of wood are wrapped around the wigwam to hold the bark in place.