Official Primary Election Results
Tribal Chair and Vice Chair
1. Fred Kiogima and Deb Deleon 182 votes
2. Al Colby and Dexter McNamera 150 votes
1. Julie Shananaquet 347 votes
2. Marci Reyes 303 votes
3. Bea Law 272 votes
4. Michael Naganashe 227 votes
5. Aaron Otto 225 votes
6. Gerald Chingwa 199 votes
7. Frank Bernard 187 votes
8. Ken Harrington 188 votes
9. John Bott 185 votes
10. Belinda Bardwell 184 votes
All Announcement Fliers have moved to the Announcements Page.
Tribal Council Meeting Change
The Tribal Council Work Session and Meeting dates of June 1st & 2nd have been changed to June 8th & 9th, 2013.
Please refer to the Web Calendar and/or the 2013 Schedule.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Odawa Fisheries, Inc., Corporate Charter member opening for a 3-year term
The purpose of the corporation is to pursue business opportunities and economic development with an emphasis on Great Lakes commercial fishing.
If interested, please send your letter of interest and resume’ to:
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Per the Child Care Development Fund federal grant, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 has been set aside as the time for the required Public Hearing on Daycare Assistance. A copy of the grant application and other relevant documents will be available for review. Department of Human Services Staff will be available from 10am-3pm to document comments and answer questions. Anyone who cannot attend the designated time for the public hearing can still have their comments documented by calling (231) 242-1626 or (231) 242-1625 Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.
MDCH - MI Healthier Tomorrow
LTBB is one of several Michigan tribes to take part in the Michigan Dept of Community Health's MI Healthier Tomorrow campaign. Due to the increasingly high rates of obesity in the state--more than 60% of Michigan residents are overweight or obese--the LTBB Community Health Department is happy to partner with ITCMI and the other tribes in Michigan to encourage any interested tribal member in joining this free program.
Something as simple as losing 10% of your body weight can improve your heart health, your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar if you are diabetic, and your overall physical wellbeing. If you take the pledge, in addition to online coaching, I am available for one-on-one coaching with a weight loss and/or physical activity plan. Go ahead and sign up--this is one time it's good to be a loser!
Raise your hand if you want to change your future.
Native American children in Native American foster homes
The placement of Native American children in Native American foster homes is essential in preserving the Native American culture, as well as honoring and protecting the children of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. According to the 2012 W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Nationwide and in Michigan there is a critical shortage of foster homes for Native American children. Even though the Indian Child Welfare Act protects tribal rights in overseeing their children’s needs for emergency protection or long-term out-of-home placement, there often is no practical community place for children to go.
The Indian Child Welfare Act requires that Native American child are placed in the following order; (i) a member of the Indian child’s extended family; (ii) a foster home licensed, approved, or specified by the Indian child’s tribe; (iii) an Indian foster home licensed or approved by an authorized non-Indian licensing authority; or (iv) an institution for children approved by an Indian tribe or operated by an Indian organization which has a program suitable to meet the Indian child’s needs. The Waganakising Odawak Statute #2012-010 requires members under the tribes jurisdiction be placed in the following order; (1) Members of the child’s tribal extended family, (2)member of the child’s non-tribal extended family, and (3) Indian family of the same tribe as the child, (4) An Indian family otherwise authorized by law to provide care for the child, (5) a home licensed by LTBB, (6) and Indian tribal facility,(7) a facility operated by a licensed child welfare services agency, and (8) any other suitable placement which meets the needs of the child. Though the LTBB statute differs from ICWA they both require Native American homes.
In 2012, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Department of Human Services worked with seven Foster Care youth, monitored 20 county/states cases all over the United States, 21 family preservation cases, and investigated 190 + child protective service calls. The Department and the Child Welfare Commission currently licenses six foster homes. Five of those homes are local and one is in Lower Michigan. The Department has the capability to license off the historical reservation but is need of families willing to make the commitment.
The Department desires to keep families together, promoting preservation services prior to out of home placement. In comparing data, preservation has been successful. Unfortunately, preservation is not always successful and requires the Department to place children out of home. These types of placements need families to volunteer to open their homes and hearts to the at-risk children of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
Recruitment efforts thus far have been; banners, massive mailing, phone calls, brochures, and advertisement. Though some have reached out and requested packages the Department is still in need. To obtain and maintain a foster home license the Department does a Central Registry Clearance, Criminal History check and FBI fingers prints. The licensee is required to submit three references, a medical clearance, and allow a home study to take place within their home. The children of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians need your help to recruit families to protect and honor the youth of the community. If you or anyone you know may be interested, or thinking about becoming a foster parent, please call Lisa Tollenaar at 231-242-1630.