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.

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

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Latest News
05/24/2018 6:35 AM

Upcoming Meetings / Events

OEDMI Board Meeting - 12:15 PM (Call)

Memorial Day - LTBB Offices Closed


05/07/18 - 2018 Odawa Homecoming
2018 Homecoming Flier | 2018 Junior Miss Odawa Flier | 2018 Miss Odawa | Junior Miss Odawa Registration Kit | Miss Odawa Registration Kit | PW Canopy Policies | Trader Application | Trader Rules

The Emergency Fund is now Closed.

05/22/18 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

05/14/18 - Publication Notice
In accordance with WOS #2006-001, Notice is hereby given that a Petition has been filed, LTBB of Odawa Indians Tribal Court Case No:  NC-015-0418 and Tribal Court Ordered that Jordan Elizabeth Karlis has legally changed her name to Jordan Elizabeth Shananaquet. This notice will be published in the Odawa Trails newsletter for two (2) consecutive months and on the Tribe’s website.
Date:  May 14, 2018

05/10/18 - The LTBB Health Department is excited to announce that PRC is now able to cover Chiropractic Care! We are partnering with Pateman Chiropractic in Petoskey, MI to provide chiropractic services to our patients. Contact your physician at the LTBB Clinic to see if chiropractic care is right for you! (231) 242-1700.

05/10/18 - LIHEAP Has Opened

05/02/18 - Spring is finally here, and if you’re like me, you are probably enjoying the warm weather.  Unfortunately there is a downside to the warmth – tick season is here already!  Just this morning a Tribal Member brought in a tick for identification.  He had found it on himself this week and had had it removed before he brought it in.
Fortunately, a few precautions can reduce your risk of getting bit by ticks or contracting the diseases they sometimes carry.  The attached information was also sent out last year, but I am sending it out again as a reminder.  They give a good explanation of what to look out for and how to prevent tick bites.  I have also included an updated map of risk for Lyme Disease.  As you can see, Emmet County has not had any confirmed cases of lyme disease, but Charlevoix County has.
MI 5 Common Ticks | MI Tick Guide | Tick Article June 2017

05/01/18 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

04/30/18 - CSBG is now Open

04/26/18 - We are excited to announce the addition of the Hearing Aid Assistance Program under the Health Department! This program is available to all LTBB members that have a medical necessity for hearing aids, regardless of where you live. This program is not limited to just elders, all ages may apply.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Beth Polasky at (231) 242-1600.
You can find the new form here:
Then click on Health Sevices

04/26/18 - We are pleased to announce the addition of the Elder’s Dental Services Program under the Health Department! This program is to assist LTBB elders in paying for dental work that may need to be done to maintain their quality of life and nutrition. There is assistance available regardless of where you live.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please call Beth Polasky @ (231) 242-1600.
You can find the new form here:
Then click on Health Sevices

04/18/18 -The Cultural Library is holding a Spring Reading Challenge. It runs from April 9th, through Thursday, May 31st.
Books are worth 5 points each, with double points possible for books read and reviewed from the Cultural Library.
Please see attached forms.
Adult Book Review | Book Challenge List & Rules - Children | Book Challenge List & Rules-Teens-Adults | Childrens Book Review

04/09/18 - Please join us in congratulating Mary Roberts on her new position as LTBB’s Kikaajik/Elders Director.
Mary’s first day will be Monday, April 16th. Mary will be working with Arlene and the Elders staff with the transition from Arlene to Mary as Arlene will be retiring at the end of April.
April 27th will be Arlene’s last day of service as the Kikaajik/Elders Director. Congrats again Arlene on your well deserved retirement.

04/04/18 - Odawa Economic Development Management Intern
OEDMI seeks the services of an Intern in the Accounting, Economic or Business field(s) to assist the Board of Directors with day-to-day and other assigned duties for the corporation.

We put together a video for the elk hunt this past December. The hunters all had some meaningful words about their experience which was really great. The link is below, enjoy.
Spencer McCormack
Inland Fish and Wildlife Research Senior Technician

01/04/18 - Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Natural Resource Commission
recognizes that suicide is a real threat to LTBB Youth and Community. Studies have shown
that individuals are more likely to attempt suicide with firearms from within the house hold.
In an attempt to reduce the availability of firearms owned by families that use them for the
exercise of their Treaty Reserved Hunting Rights the NRC will seek to provide the LTBB
community with a limited number guns safe per year. LTBB Hunters may apply to the
LTBB NRC for the opportunity to receive a gun safe. Onetime only.
Gun Safe Program flyer | Gun Safe Program 2017 | Gun Safe Application

NRD completed a video about our migizi movement research. The link to the video is below. Enjoy!

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for up to $600,000 to aid Tribes in housing construction, housing rehabilitation, housing infrastructure, land acquisition to support new housing, homeownership assistance, public facilities and improvements including infrastructure, economic development, and microenterprise programs. LTBB is applying for these funds to develop and build Phase 1 of a Community Wellness Center on the LTBB Campus. This project will be completed in multiple phases. Phase 1 focuses on fitness/wellness rooms and classes as well as locker rooms with showers.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact Direct Services Administrator, Phil Harmon at or (231) 242-1421.

042017-01 Appropriation of Funds for the 2018 Fiscal Year Operating Budgets

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians to Deliver Over $3.7 Million to State and Local Governments. Click here for full statement

New Forms Directory. Find the form you're looking for in one convenient location. - 10/17/16




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