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
02/19/2018 4:41 PM

Upcoming Meetings / Events

AFC Special Meeting - 1:00 PM
Council Chambers - Agenda

GEB Meeting

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

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

Liquor & Tobacco Licensing Board Meeting - 12:00 PM
Room 312

Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting - 5:30 PM
911 Spring St.


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

01/24/18 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

01/15/18 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

01/15/18 - The Emergency Fund is Open

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

12/20/17 - To all tribal citizens,
I am pleased to announce that my cousin Frank Animikwam has earned his Doctor of Medicine degree! Congratulations to the family of Frank Animikwam MD and our entire tribe!! We have come very far and have much to be proud of!!
Terry J Samuels MD
Medical Director
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

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

The LTBB Health Department has a new address, which is:
1260 Ajijaak Avenue
Petoskey, MI  49770
The address is also known as 1260 Crane Avenue.

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

We are currently in the process of ordering YakTrax for our Elder Community. These will be at NO cost to elders who are interested.
YakTrax are very simple and effective ice traction devices that go on your shoes during the winter. These make it safer to walk on ice and on hard snow during the winter months. We are asking that you complete this short and simple survey as a joined effort to help us understand the fall risk within our tribe. Help us become one step closer as a community to preventing a fall during those long, cold months in Northern Michigan.
Below you will find the link to our survey.
In order to do the survey you must:

  1. Be an elder (LTBB Citizen at least 55 years of age)
  2. Provide your name and size of YakTrax- Please know that this is for ordering purposes ONLY, your name will not be used as a part of the survey.

Now, if you meet these requirements, please feel free to fill out the survey and submit

The Healthy Michigan Plan Evaluation
We want to hear from You.
No health insurance? Tell us why.
If anyone who is eligible signs up, they get a 25.00 gift card!
Flier | Minimum Requirements Handout

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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7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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