The Potawatomi are a Native American people of the upper Mississippi River region. They traditionally speak the Potawatomi language, a member of the Algonquian family. In the Potawatomi language, they generally call themselves a name that means 'keepers of the fire' and that was applied to them by their Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) cousins. The Potawatomi were part of a long-term alliance, called the Council of Three Fires, with the Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Ottawa. In the Council of Three Fires, the Potawatomi were considered the 'youngest brother.'
Contributions by CJLippert, Bkonrad, and Chris Light.