New Utility Scams Hit Michigan
With the temperatures growing colder and most of us turning up the heat, I wanted to take this time to warn you of a new telephone scam where local residents are contacted by callers claiming to be from utility companies in an attempt to defraud.
In the scam, callers claiming to be from the utility company contact residential and business customers threatening to disconnect their electrical service unless immediate payment is made. In an attempt to defraud people, the scam artists used falsified caller-IDs so it appears to originate from the utility company, then instruct customers to send money through a prepaid card or online payment service, such as GreenDot or PayPal.
Please be advised that any resident who receives a similar call should hang up immediately and call the utility company’s phone number found on their monthly statement or online to verify that the earlier call was legitimate.
It is important, especially during these colder months, to remain aware that these scam are a real threat to residents all over the state.
Remember, Michigan utility companies accept a variety of payment methods and are willing to work with customers to avoid shutoff.
Health Insurance Update
On Sunday, December 1, 2013 HHS provided a conference call with updates on the Healthcare.gov website progress. Jeff Zients, Management Expert and Advisor to CMS Administrator Tavenner and Secretary Sebelius and Julie Bataille, Director, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presented on the call.
You can access the call via the Encore/Playback number: (800) 585-8367 ID# 192 16 128
Additional information about Healthcare.gov can be found at:
HealthCare.gov Progress and Performance Report (PDF):
Operational Progress Report Blog: http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/blog/2013/12/operational-progress-report.html
HHS Shares Tips for Consumers Visiting HealthCare.Gov Blog:
In accordance with WOS #2006-001, Notice is hereby given that a Petition has been filed, LTBB of Odawa Indians Tribal Court Case No: C-189-1113 and Tribal Court Ordered that Shelly Marie Tucker has legally changed her name to Shelly Marie McSawby. This notice will be published in the Odawa Trails newsletter for two (2) consecutive months and in the Odawa Register on the Tribe’s website.
Date: November 25, 2013
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians recently received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to Develop a mobility management program. We are quickly approaching the end of this grant and would like to take the opportunity to conduct a transit survey. The information gathered in this survey will satisfy a requirement of the grant, but it will also serve to gather information that will be used to put together a 5 year transit development plan. Your participation in this survey as an LTBB tribal citizen is very important and greatly appreciated. As an incentive for participation, we will be drawing names of participants to give away eight $25 gas vouchers to Biindigen.
This link will take you directly to the survey. The link can be forwarded on to any LTBB citizen living in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, or Emmett county. At this time we are only collecting information from citizens living in the three county area as that is the area that the transit development plan will be centered around.
Miigwetch in advance for your participation!
Link to LTBB Mobility Management Survey:
In accordance with the NATURAL RESOURCE COMMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS CHANGING PROCEDURES the linked regulations for the 1836 Ceded Territory and the LTBB Reservation are here by posted and available for LTBB Tribal Citizen public comment. Comments can be submitted in writing and e-mailed to Debra Smith-Key Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Debra Smith-key Browne at 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Verbal comments may also be received at any regularly scheduled NRC meeting during the 30 day comment period.
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
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.