Mascouten apparently comes from a Fox word meaning "little prairie people." The first occupied parts of

Mascouten Hunter

southwestern Michigan but abandoned their location and joined Algonquin tribes in Wisconsin after having been attacked by the Ottawa and Neutrals tribes. Continuing to move south and westward, the Mascouten tribe was eventually assimilated into the Algonquin, Wasbash, Kicapoo and other groups until they were completely absorbed.