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.
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.
LTBB Community Wellness Center: Phase 1
Funds ($600,000) are available from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to design and construct a community-based facility. LTBB is applying for these funds to develop and build 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. Phase 2 will add-on to this component and include a gymnasium as well as other activity rooms and services. The focus of this survey is to get community input on PHASE 1. Please give us your input on the types of activities/services to be held within the PHASE 1 component of the Wellness facility by Friday, April 28.
It’s a quick 4 question survey. Community input is very important and strongly encouraged. The deadline to take the survey is Friday, April 28, 2017. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DHGSMRB
04/17/17 The deadline for the 2017 Grants and Donations is August 25th @ 5:00 PM
04/10/17 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
The Community Health department has just created a new Facebook page, titled Mnozhiyaa, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Mnozhiyaadaa, 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.
03/23/17 - Tribal Minimum Internal Control Standards
The Gaming Regulatory Commission reviewed the variance request submitted by OCR and Regulatory staff. After review and discussion the Commission approved the variance request at their regularly scheduled meeting held on 03-22-17. As stated in the attachment the TMICS variance is for testing purposes. The testing period will begin on April 4th, 2017 and will end after 30 days on May 3rd, 2017.
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 affairsof 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
7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(Contact # 231-242-1403 for details) - Assignment Policy
03/09/17 - Effective Immediately - Biindigen
All tribal citizens that use a BP Rewards Card, they will need to use the card in the store, not at the pump. If they use the card out at the pump, the tax exemption will not work. All BP Rewards Cards must be swiped in the store.
03/08/17 - ATTENTION STUDENTS:
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.
Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) is Now Open - 03/03/17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 02/16/17
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 Brochure2017 NABI Application Packet