Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

Being Odawa is all about freedom.  The Freedom to be a part of a people who, with integrity and pride, still have and speak our own language.  The freedom to share in common with all other Odawak the customs, culture, and spirituality of our ancestors.  The freedom we have today we will bring to the future through unity, education, justice, communication, and planning.  We will reach out to the next seven generations by holding to cultural values of Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth.  We will utilize our Tribal assets to provide the necessary tools to become successful, hard-working community members who proudly represent our culture.  With these values we will move the Tribe forward.

Debendiziwin aawan maanda Odawa aawiing.  Geyaabi gdaa’aanaa miinwaa gdanwemi Anishinaabemowin, maanda egishkaago’iing debendiziwin ebidgwasiing mnaadendiziwin miinwaa wiimnaadendiziyin.  Gdabendaanaa debendiziwin kina gwaya Odawak naasaap eyaamjik, maanda naakinigewinan, maadiziwin miinwaa mnidoowaadiziwin gaanaaniigaaniijik debendamowaad. Maanda debendiziwin eyaamiing nangwa, gaanamaajiidonaa niigaan ezhibezhigoyiing, kinoomaadwin, dbaakinigewin, giigidowin miinwaa naakinigewin.  Gaazhiibiignaketaanaa maanda niizhwaachiing bimaadiziwin waabii’aamigak mjignamiing ninda mnomaadiziwinan echipiitendaakin: nbwaakaawin, zaagidwin, mnaadendamowin, aakde’ewin, gwekwaadiziwin, dbaadendiziwin miinwaa debwewin.  Ganakaazinaa ninda gdabendaaswinaanin, jimiigwe’iing nakaazwinan jimnomewzi’iing, enitaanokiijik maampii Anishinaabek enaapshkaamwaad maanda gbimaadziwinaa.  Ninda eyaamiing echipiitendaakin, miigo kina gwaya maampii enjibaad jiniigaanibizad.


Up Coming Meetings

Citizenship Commission Meeting
5:30 PM
7500 Odawa Circle, Rm. 118
Housing Commission Meeting
4:00 PM
Room 312

Appropriation & Finance Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
Tribal Council Chambers
GRC Meeting
5:30 PM
911 Spring St.
Agricultural Assessment Work Group Meeting
4:00 PM
Tribal Council Chambers
Child Welfare Commission Meeting
4:30 PM
Rm. 312
Election Board Work Session
4:30 PM
Traditional Tribal Burial Inc. Board Meeting
LTBB Health Building
Election Board Meeting
12:00 Noon


Latest News
11/25/2014 4:08 PM

Unofficial Recall Election Results

Executive News

Executive Explanation of Veto of Tribal Government Priority Funding Percentage Allocation for FY 2016 - 11/10/14

Executive Explanation of Veto of Weekly Payroll - 11/10/14

Executive Explanation of Veto of THPO Statute

Leases of LTBB Trust Lands Regulations - Comment Form

Executive Response to Tribal Council's Weekly Payroll Request 9-29-14


The Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Scholarship Regulations that have been approved by the Tribal Chairman.
REG-WOS 2014-010-091914-001 - Comment Form

Chairman’s Veto of the Amendment to #WOS 2011-009 Administrative Procedures for the Accounting Department.

Legislative News

Legislative Corner: LTBB Tribal Seal

Resolution 100914-01 Supplemental Appropriation to Increase 2014 Per Capita Distribution Payments

Passed - WOS 2014-012 Naawchigedaa Statute Tort Claims

Bill Denemy's Statement in Support of Change to Weekly Payroll

Re: Executive Veto of Tribal Resolution 042914-01

Legislative Branch
Re: Executive Veto of Tribal Resolution 042914-01

Other News

Tax-exempt DIESEL Fuel
Effective December 1, 2014, the purchase of tax-exempt Diesel will be available at Biindigen ONLY. Purchases of exempt DIESEL fuel at the (Derrer) BP gas station next to Big Boy in Petoskey will be suspended after November 30th. This is so that we can monitor the usage on a daily basis as we are nearing the quota for tax-exempt Diesel fuel.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Enrollment - Tribal ID Cards
The Tribal ID card printer is down. We intend to ship it out for service ASAP.
We will be issuing paper ID’s until the new problem can be resolved.

Health Alert - Pertussis
There has been an increase in the number of cases of Pertussis which is a respiratory infection and can be severe in children especially those with lung conditions. Adults can contact the illness also. Anyone who has not had a tetanus booster for ten years should schedule a nurse visit or see their provider to get the Tdap booster which protects against Tetanus and Pertussis. If you are not certain when you had your Tetanus booster it is safe to get this vaccine.

Per Capita Distribution
The 2014 Per Capita Distribution checks in the amount of $599 per eligible citizen were mailed from Harbor Springs on Friday, November 14, 2014.  If you do not receive your check, please contact the Enrollment Office at 231-242-1520 or 231-242-1521.  Please give the Post Office a reasonable amount of time to deliver to you before calling.  Anyone with questions regarding garnishment orders should contact Tribal Court at 231-242-1462.

On November 19, 2014, the Education Director will represent the tribe at the U.S. Department of Education's Tribal Consultation and Listening Session in Lansing, MI.

The goal of this first-ever school environment listening tour is to hear from students, schools and communities on ways to better meet the unique educational and culturally-related academic needs of Native students. The listening sessions are focusing on school environment - bullying, student discipline and offensive imagery and symbolism. WHIAIANE will gather feedback during the tour and consider how it can inform future action to ensure Native students receive a high quality education.

Please share your input through the following SurveyMonkey.

*** Address Verification Forms Due October 31. 2014 ***

Community: Scam Alert: Callers claiming to be from Microsoft stating something is wrong with your computer, asking for to fix
Callers with heavy foreign accents, possibly middle-eastern, will say they are from Microsoft and that something is wrong with your computer or that you have pornographic images that need to be cleaned.

The callers will direct you to a web site such as, or The caller directs you to download from one of those sites and give them a code. Once that is done the caller then is able to take over your computer.

The caller then asks for money in order to "fix" your computer. Some victims have had their computer rendered inoperable when downloading from these sites.

If you receive a call like this, please hang up. Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls for services.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Election Board - Motion #2014-001 Public Documents Exempt From Disclosue

Flu shots are now available at the clinic.
Please call and schedule a nurse visit appt. to get vaccinated.

LTBB Sex Offender Registration and Notification

LTBB Cultural Library Now Offers Digital eBooks And Audiobooks

EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’
Minimum Wage Jumps To $9.25 July 23rd.

Attorney General Letter to Enbridge
Enbridge Lakehead System Line 5 Pipelines at the Straits of Mackinac

Sports Physicals
Wednesday August 6th will be a sports physical day in the afternoon. Please arrange for your child’s sports physical early so they may participate without interruption. Football practice usually starts in August. Miigwetch and have a great day!

New Updated Tribal Council Work Session and Regular Meeting Schedule

G.I.V.E. award LTBB received from Harbor Springs Public Schools

VETO of Tribal Resolution 042914-01 Appropriation of Funds for the 2015 Operating Budgets and Restatement of Funding Allocation for 2015 Fiscal Year.

An explanation of the Executive's decision to veto WOS #2014 - Ziibimijwang Incorporated, the Tribal Council statute to establish Ziibimijwang, Inc.

  Notice of Proposed Summary Probate Decision

Traditional Tribal Burial, Inc., (2) positions open. The purpose of the corporation is to manage the Traditional Tribal Burial Grounds as provided by WOS 2009-018, through approved regulations. 

Indian Community Development Block Grant Community Development Statement
“After gaining preliminary feedback from LTBB citizens, the following Indian Community Development Block Grant project is being proposed: To provide LTBB Citizens with the ability to share in our rich culture and history, a Community Museum is being developed. This facility will provide a center where Citizens can view artifacts, documents and photographs important to the Odawa, our history and way of life. This encourages community development because it provides a public space for community members to interact with each other, research family histories, and view presentations and programs on LTBB history and culture. This public facility is critical to the cultural and social viability of the Tribal community. The Community Museum will also contain a safe, secure Archives storage area to protect and to preserve the rich history of the Odawa for this generation, and all that come after; thus providing our community with these priceless Tribal collections for future generations.”

We’re looking for community feedback and  suggestions on this project. Please contact Jessica Dominic at either the or 231-242-1452 with your ideas.

Odawa Fisheries, Inc., (3) positions open. The purpose of the corporation is to pursue business opportunities and economic development with an emphasis on Great Lakes commercial fishing. Contact 231-242-1404 if you are interested.

Enrollment for Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan Medicaid Expansion, starts April 1, 2014!!  Eligibility requirements have been expanded for this new Medicaid program.

  • Includes people ages 19-64
  • Not receiving or eligible for Medicare
  • Not pregnant at the time of application
  • Covers up to 133% of the federal poverty level (5% disregard = 138%)
  • No asset test

Please contact Valorie Glazier, Patient Benefits Specialist, for assistance in applying for this new program. You can contact Valorie at 231-242-1748 or email her at

State Health Reform Assistance Network

Consumer Assistance Resource
Guide: American Indians and Alaska Natives

The Waiting List For The Housing Choice Voucher Is Now Open For Charlevoix County!
For a complete list of all Michigan Counties that have the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist open, please see,4641,7-141--270458--,00.html

TO: LTBB Tribal Council
FROM: Fred Kiogima, Chairman
DATE: December 22, 2013
RE: Statement for the Meeting Minutes

*** Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Is Now Listed Under The State of Michigan On The Website ***

Application for Exemption for American Indians and Alaska Natives and Other Individuals who are Eligible to Receive Services from an Indian Health Care Provider
Click Here To Download Form

Mailing Address: 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI  49740
Physical Address:  1250 Lears Road, Petoskey, MI  49770
Telephone: (231) 242-1600             Fax:  (231) 242-1617

December 23, 2013

We have located LTBB on the website. We will now be able to finish the application! LTBB is listed under the state of Maine. The IHS representative, Geoffrey Roth, has instructed us when filling out the application you must enter the state as Maine once you get to the point of the application that it asks “are you affiliated with a Tribe” mark yes then it asks you at this point which state” this is where you would enter Maine and then choose LTBB. We have been assured that there will be no issues doing the application this way. The Government is still trying to fix this so that LTBB will be listed under Michigan, but this is a step in the right direction. 

Also we have posted the Exemption application on the LTBB website as well. If you file taxes and are a Member a Federally Recognized Tribe you will want to fill out this Exemption Application and send along a copy of your tribal card to the address listed on the last page of the application.          

If you have any questions or would like help  filling out any of the applications please feel free to contact Valorie Glazier, Patient Benefits Specialist, Monday –Thursday from 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m and Fridays from 8:00a.m -5:00p.m. You may also e-mail her at or by phone at 231-242-1748.





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7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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