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 aawiyiing.  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, kanamaajiidonaa 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.


Latest News
05/23/2017 7:46 AM

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Planning and Zoning Board Meeting - 5:00 PM
Room 312

NRC Meeting - 6:00 PM
Natural Resource Department Conference Room 


2017 Annual LTBB Community Meeting
If you were unable to attend the meeting, we have the recorded
Live-feed on Facebook at:

26th Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow
Fliers, Registration Kits, Applications and Rules

The Facility Departments are seeking to dispose of surplus equipment it has. In accordance with WAGANAKISING ODAWAK STATUTE 2012-015 ASSET DISPOSITION, LTBB Facilities Department has previously offered first right of refusal to all LTBB Governmental Departments and Enterprises on the surplus equipment listed below. No department expressed an interest in the equipment. We will now offer them to LTBB Community by way of sealed bid. All interested parties must submit a
sealed bid to the LTBB Accounting Department by 1:00 P.M., June 19, 2017 to the LTBB Accounting Department Attn: Mandy Szocinski 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.

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.

Primary Election - Unoffical Election Results - Updated

Publication of Name Change

Mno kizhep kina wiya!
Please find flyer and information/interest form for the Education Department’s 2017 summer youth programing –
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Academy
Programming this summer is structured differently than previous years:

  • Only 10 students will be selected to participate
  • Only students entering 6th-8th grade during the 2017/2018 school year are eligible
  • Due to limited capacity, we are requiring an essay submission along with the returning of the attached interest form
  • The academy will only run two weeks (June 19-22 & June 26-28)
  • Students must be committed to all seven days 

We have chosen to focus on S.T.E.A.M. for several reasons:

  • There is a need for Indigenous STEAM/STEM professionals at the tribal, state, and federal levels – Indigenous people are significantly underrepresented in these fields
  • Standardized and Western science education fails to engage Native students and their identities. Thus, there is a deep need for culturally responsive instruction of S.T.E.A.M.
  • National test scores in science tend to be strong for Native students through 4th grade with a significant drop-off at the 5th grade level
  • Observation and critical thinking are key to learning and understanding the complexities of the worlds interrelated systems
  • Integration of arts into science learning is an effective way to discipline perception and further observation

Activities will be rooted in Odawa traditions and perspectives – along with being hands-on, student-led, and field-based.

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

The deadline for the 2017 Grants and Donations is August 25th @ 5:00 PM

Tribal Council is looking to fill a 4-year term ending February 2, 2021 on the Ziibimijwang, Inc. The purpose of the Corporation is to manage the Ziibimijwang, Inc., as provided by Waganakising Odawak Statute 2014-005 as a self-sustaining non-profit entity and to provide for the health and welfare of the Tribal Community through the use of sustainable farming with emphasis toward organic foods, providing for exercising treaty rights of hunting, fishing and gathering, agricultural activities, caring for livestock, and other activities that promote nutrition, fitness and wellbeing. If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume’ to the Legislative Office 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs MI 49740.
Eligibility - Assignment policy

04/04/17 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

The Community Health department has just created a new Facebook page, titled Mnozhiyaa, which can be found here:, and we are so excited to announce our first event! It’s a spur-of-the-moment challenge: like our page, then post a picture of you and your dog having fun, and keep track of the active minutes you spend for the month of April.  At the end of the month, one lucky team will win a custom handmade paracord dog collar and matching bracelet set!  If you have any questions, contact me at ex 1664.

03/27/17 - Judicial Postings:
Appellate Justice, 6 year term, expiring April 2023
Powers, Jurisdiction, Eligibility, Terms, see Article IX of The Constitution of the LTBB of Odawa Indians.
Refer to the WOS 2010-016 Constitutionally Mandated Compensation Statute for Judges and Justices for compensation.

03/27/17 - Disposal of Assets Notice -Health
Ario Sit Bath - Front
Ario Century Sit Bath - Back
Frigidaire Dishwasher

03/13/17 - Odawa Economic Development Corporate Charter, Inc. Opening
The Odawa Economic Development Management, Inc. Corporation is organized for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, leasing, operating, managing, maintaining, promoting and financing the non-gaming economic affairs of  Odawa Economic Development Management, Inc. and engaging in any other lawful activity, subject to any limitations imposed by the Odawa Economic Development Management Statute, any contract, indenture or other instrument by which the Corporation is bound.
If interested, please send your letter of interest and resume’ to:
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Legislative Office
7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(Contact # 231-242-1403 for details) - Assignment Policy

Changes are being instituted in the processing of Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Scholarships. Beginning with the Summer 2017 session, students must provide a copy of their unofficial transcripts rather than previously required grade reports. There have been numerous submissions that lack pertinent information such as student names, school identifiers, cumulative GPA, etc. This change is being made so that the processing of scholarships is faster. Submissions that do not follow the requirements will be rejected. Please direct any questions regarding these changes to the Education Department.

Tax Prep Assistance (in Michigan).

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

Pre-college program developed for Native American high school students.
The Native American Business Institute (NABI) is a FREE weeklong pre-college summer program for Native American high school students interested in learning about college and the field of business. Participants work with MSU college faculty/staff, tribal leaders, Native business owners and Fortune 500 corporate representatives in a seven-day “business boot-camp” that exposes participants to the university environment, the college application process, the various degrees available in business and tribal law, and numerous professional development opportunities.
2017 NABI Brochure     2017 NABI Application Packet

Fiscal Year 2017 Water Resources Technician Training

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

Check out our Tribal Hatchery featured in a Documentary called Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes Lake Michigan. The documentary is beginning to air on PBS stations around the Great Lakes Region!
It will be airing in Michigan next week on several PBS stations. It will be airing in two parts, at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 20 and 27 on the following stations: WCMU Mt. Pleasant, WCML Alpena, WCMV Cadillac, WCMW Manistee, and WCMZ Flint. The cisco segment will be in the second episode on Oct. 27.



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7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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