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
03/20/2018 4:41 AM

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Tribal Council Work Session - 9:00 AM
Council Chambers - Agenda

Citizenship Comm. Mtg. - 1:00 PM
Room 118

Elder’s Commission Meeting - 5:00 PM
Room 312


03/19/18 - 2019 Budget Formulation Process Planning Calendar
April 3rd , 9:00AM – 1:00PM, Executive Budget Hearings
April 4th, 9:00AM – 1:00PM, Executive Budget Hearings
April 6th, 9:00AM – 1:00PM, Remaining Branches, Charters and Boards Budget Hearings
April 9th – LTBB 2019 Proposed Annual Budget available to Tribal Citizens
April 12th, 1:00PM – 5:00PM, 2019 Annual Budget Public Hearing
April 19th – Final 2019 Annual Budget approved by Tribal Council

03/13/18 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

03/12/18 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

The Fab Lab will be present during the 2018 Community Meeting to provide hands-on demonstrations of the CNC software and equipment. As in the past, we would like to extend an invitation to submit artwork to be milled onto keychains and/or other end products. One design shall be selected by the Elders during a luncheon from each age group (Youth, Adult and Elders).
Please use attachment for your design and submit to SEEDS by April 20, 2018

We are looking for parents from the tribal community who want to work on a project related to women's or infant health.  If you know of any parents that might be interested please share with them. The application is simple and can be done online. The application to apply is March 23rd. Is open to all 12 tribes.
Ideal Candidates:

  • Parent or primary caregiver of a Native American baby or toddler up to the age of two years old;
  • Eligible for services at your local tribal clinic or County Health Department;
  • Current or former tribal home visiting participant preferred (for example, Family Spirit, Healthy Start, or MIHP);
  • 18 years of age or older with valid Michigan driver’s license and access to a vehicle to travel to two meetings per year.

Parent Initiative Paper Application | Asabike Coalition Parent Initiative

The Emergency Fund is now closed until April 1, 2018.

RE:  Biindigen gas station

EFFECTIVE March 1, 2018:  If you do not have the new tribal ID (w/the hologram) that were sent out in a mass mailing in the Fall of 2017, you WILL NOT RECEIVE the tax exemption on fuel and tobacco purchases at the tribal gas station.  Biindigen has implemented a new swipe card system (kickback system) that will assist in tracking the exempt purchases of tribal citizens and LTBB Governmental Departments.  In order for this system to be 100% effective, we MUST enforce this procedure. 

Replacement cards can be obtained at the Enrollment Department.  Tribal Elders are eligible for FREE replacement cards if they’re lost, damaged or in the event of name changes.

All other citizens will be charged a $10 card replacement fee by the Enrollment Department, regardless if it’s lost, damaged or if you have changed your address.  The ONLY exception would be if you have had a LEGAL name change. 


WOCTEP is conducting a survey of Tribally (LTBB and non-LTBB) enrolled citizens within our 27 county service area.  Please follow the link below.  At the end of the survey you can enter your name and address to be eligible to win an 8th Gen “Renewal” wool blanket, which is a 100% wool, queen sized blanket designed by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) in collaboration with Eighth Generation’s Inspired Natives Project.

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

Tribal Council is looking to fill (2) positions on the Gaming Enterprise Board for a 3-year Term each.
The purpose of the Board is to monitor, and provide oversight, and direction regarding the management of the Odawa Casino Resort. The Board is charged with maximizing both the Revenues and associated EBITDA while also maximizing employment opportunities for Tribal Citizens. The Board shall consist of persons with business and gaming experience, including both Tribal Citizens and others. 
To serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board a person must possess the following seven (7) minimum qualifications and must be licensed under the Tribe’s Gaming Regulatory Ordinance.

  1. Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Hospitality; or in a related discipline; and
  2. Either:
    1. A minimum of three (3) years successful work experience in a senior management position in the field of business administration, public administration, hotel management, accounting, finance or law, preferably with specialized knowledge and expertise relevant to the gaming industry; or
    2. A minimum of six (6) years of gaming work experience; and
  3. Leadership qualities, shows good judgment, is approachable and team oriented; and
  4. No person can serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board who is an elected official of LTBB;
  5. No person can serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board who is employed by any Gaming Enterprise of LTBB; and
  6. No person shall serve as a Gaming Enterprise Board member, who is within seven (7) years of completion of a sentence or probation upon being convicted of a felony in Tribal, State, or Federal Court, unless such conviction has been vacated or overturned; and
  7. No person shall serve as a Gaming Enterprise Board member who is on a Security Ban from the Gaming Enterprise or who has been banned in the last two (2) years, unless the ban is a self-imposed ban.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume’ to the Legislative Office at the above address.

02/01/18 - Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is now open.

01/29/18 - It is that time of the year again.
If you or any Tribal member that you may know, did not carry Health insurance at any point last year, please contact me or go on to the website and print off the 8965 IRS tax Exemption Form in order to avoid the Mandated fee that is imposed on your taxes.
Valorie Glazier
LTBB Patient Benefit Specialist

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

01/03/18 - 2019 Budget Formulation Process Calendar

11/14/17 - 110917-01 TC Legislative Directive - Legislative Branch Operations Governmental Employee Personnel Policies Handbook

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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