Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi received their federal recognition or reaffirmation of status in 1995 by Congressional legislation. Their homeland headquarters are in Fulton Michigan which is near Athens, Michigan another small village in the southwestern region of Michigan Lower Peninsula, 14 miles north of Battle Creek. They also maintain satellite offices in Grand Rapids 110 miles north of Fulton/Athens which is approximately 55 miles from the Indiana Border. Their service area includes reservation boundaries, and Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Ottawa, Kent and Allegan Counties. Like the other nine historic to Michigan Ottawa, Chippewa and Potawatomi bands the Huron Potawatomi were not accorded the opportunity to reorganize in the 1930’s pursuant to the terms of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Hence, they could not re-establish or reaffirm their federal status. After a long arduous struggle they finally did so in 1995 following their Pokagon relatives who attained in 1994 and then followed by their Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish (Gun Lake) Band Pottawatomi kin in 1998.