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The unincorporated community of Nottawa, Michigan is in lower central Nottawa Township, St. Joseph County, in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

As an unincorporated community, Nottawa lacks defined boundaries, but it is concentrated along M-86 and Nottawa Road, east of Sand Lake and northwest of Lake Tempiene.

Nottawa is about four miles east of the village of Centreville and about two miles south of the unincorporated community of Wasepi. Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Nottawa include Mendon, Colon, Sturgis, Burr Oak, Three Rivers, Constantine, White Pigeon, Vicksburg, Athens, and Bronson.

Nottawa Township and the unincorporated villages of Nottawa and Wasepi were named for the Notawasepe Potowatomi. The Notawasepe Potawatamie Reservation was the home of the chief ancestors of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi from 1821 to 1833, when it was disbanded.

The village of Nottawa was laid out in 1832, as the treaty creating the reservation was nearing its end. However, several European-American settlers came to the area before that time in order to have the first choice of the reservation land. As the soil was rich, the land was considered to be prime agriculture land, and there were also the advantages of the lakes and the Prairie River.

Early settlers include Judge Connor, Judge John Sturgis, Henry Post, Henry Powers, John W. Fletcher, and Jack Engle.

A post office was established on January 15, 1836, with William Nottram as postmaster. The office closed on January 4, 1844, restored on February 6, 1844, closed again on May 23, 1859, and reopened on December 19, 1870. Originally, the post office was named Oporto, but it took its current name when it reopened in 1870.

The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad came through in 1867, opening a station in Nottawa

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