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

Tribal Council Regular Meeting
9:00 AM
Tribal Council Chambers
Gaming Authority Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
Tribal Council Chambers
Election Board Work Session
4:30 PM


Latest News
10/23/2014 4:34 PM

Executive News

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

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

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.




Government Center
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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