Odawa Trails Newsletter

January 2004

Tribal Council Dates

January 23, 2004
Work Session

January 24, 2004
Work Session  

January 30, 2004

January 31, 2004
Work Session

February 1, 2004

All Meetings and Work
Sessions are held in the Tribal Court Room
Located at 7500 Odawa Circle,
Harbor Springs


Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Law Enforcement is proud to announce the Charlevoix County Deputization of its officers. Officers have been deputized by Sheriff Lasater on December 3rd 2003 as Deputy Sheriffs for Trust Lands in Charlevoix County. The deputization provides seamless law enforcement within Indian Country by empowering Tribal Officers to enforce state law on non-natives who commits crimes against other non-natives and or victimless crimes. Without deputization, the aforementioned crimes would have to be handled by a state officer or quite possibly let go and the non-native would not held accountable for the crime. Tribal Officers are now fully empowered to enforce Tribal Law, Federal Statutes and State Code within all land held in Trust by the Department of Interior for Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in both Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. Tribal Officer's must be State of Michigan Certified in order to be deputized as county deputies. Currently, tribal officer's are State of Michigan Certified and Special Commissioned as Federal Officers through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

BIINDIGEN-New Tribal Gas Station Named

On December 8, 2003, the winner for the contest to name the Tribal Gas Station was named. There were numerous entries and the name, chosen by Tribal Council, is: BIINDIGEN (Come In). This entry was submitted by Carla McFall from Alanson, Michigan. Second Place: Odawa One Stop was submitted by Doug Craven . Third Place: The Pony Through was submitted by Joe Yoder. Fourth Place: Four Directions Fuel was submitted by Wenona Singel and Fifth place was awarded to Marie Bowers who submitted The Odawa Station.

The deadline for submitting names for the C-Store was September 30, 2003. The top five winners listed above received prizes as follows: first, $150.00; second, $100.00; third, $50.00; fourth, $50.00 and fifth, $50.00.

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winners!

Yoga Classes at Native Way Fitness Center

Beginning in January 2004, we will be starting yoga at the fitness Center located at Unit 8, Commerce Park off the Harbor-Conway road.

Classes will be kept small due to limited space at this time.

The classes will be kept at a simple, easy beginner level, so if you want to turn yourself into a pretzel, look elsewhere!

If you have a yoga mat and/or strap, please bring it with you. If you received a mat when we had classes several years ago, and are no longer using them, please return them to the Community Health Department so that they may be used in the current class.

Please call Regina Brubacker at 439-3813 for more information or for a tentative schedule.


Traditional Healer

Harlan Downwind

Will be available
Wednesday January 28, 2004
From 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
At 1345 U. S. 31 North

For an appointment Call: (231) 242-1611

From the Desk of the Tribal Administrator, Albert Colby, Jr.

I wish you all a Happy New Year. With 2003 behind us and a lot of work ahead, the staff on the governmental side continues to improve our services to the Tribal membership. Presently, the Administration Storage building is under construction and will house the Maintenance Departments vehicles, lawn equipment, snow removal equipment and provide protection from the nature's elements. The LTBB Natural Resources Departmental and storage building is complete and fully operational. The Tribal Council approved funding supporting the Biinooiiyuk Guh Niigaanziiwaad (BGN) program in Human Services for 2004. The Human Service BGN program provides youth outreach services to our school age children. The Annual LTBB Snowsnake Tournament, summer recreation program and youth basketball are a few of the activities offered. Additional support was given for the development of an Odawa Anishinaabemowin class. There will be additional improvements made to the Odawa Homecoming Pow-wow grounds. I have been involved with the following working groups: LTBB Master Land Use and LTBB Property Use/Management. The first working group will include a meeting in January 2004 for the purpose of gathering input from the LTBB Community for prioritizing future Tribal developments. This meeting is an important step in the Tribal planning process. The second working group will establish management guidelines for current LTBB properties and establish effective lines of communication between departments who support property management efforts. The tentative date for the 2004 LTBB Community meeting is Saturday, May 15, 2003 there will be more information announced later. I am very pleased with the accomplishments of the LTBB governmental staff in 2003. The employees' diligence, patience and work ethic continues to move the Tribe forward and I personally want to thank all LTBB governmental staff members for their efforts. Chi -miigwetch.


If there are any questions with the legal notices, contact the Tribal Court .

All Interested Persons : File No. PB-034-1103: Estate of Richard Leon Leo, deceased. Patricia Hansen, his sister, filed a Petition with the Tribal Court. Family of the deceased is hereby notified that Judgment Fund distribution shares will be probated pursuant to Waganakising Odawak Statute 1999006. This estate will be distributed to the persons(s) entitled to it FOURTEEN (14) days following this published notice.

Legal Aid Clinic

presented by:
Michigan Indian Legal Services
Friday January 23, 2004
10 AM - 1 PM & 2:30 PM - 5 PM
Government Center, Tribal Court
7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs

Come and speak one-on-one with Gregory J. Stevens of Michigan Indian Legal Services. This free session is for Native Americans who need legal guidance. Each person will have 30 minutes with complete confidentiality to ask questions and receive information. Call Esther at 231-242-1462 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Stevens at 1-877-968-6877.

For an appointment call 231-242-1462.

News From the Trust Fund Board

The Trust Fund Board is having their next meeting on January 18, 2004 at 9:00 A.M. at the Government Building. Tribal members are welcome to attend.

Just a reminder to the eligible tribal members who turned 18 in 2003 to send in your certificates for redemption!

Safety" Setting a Good Example at Home
Norm Emery, Safety Coordinator

We seem to be living in a copycat world. If one automaker's leasing offer attracts consumer interest, every other car company will soon be riding the same bandwagon. No sooner does the latest buzzword appear on one food or detergent label than the shelves are filled with products proclaim, "low fat" or "organic and biodegradable". It's clear though what they're really trying to copy is success and profit.

Why do I mention this as I write about safety? Because though we may be tempted to take an unsafe shortcut just because we've seen some one else do it and get away with it, we're more likely to do things safely because we've seen others doing them the right way. "Don't do as I do; do as I say: is a pretty tired expression. It became tired because we all have repeated it many times, not just verbally but in our actions, which we all know speak louder than words. "I believe in wearing my seat belt while in the car but not on important enough to make me pick it up".

New employees are provided with safety instruction and training of course, but important knowledge will also come from observing and talking to fellow workers.

Some of us feel we already set good examples for safety, and perhaps we have. But consider just for a moment how, when we think about an accident, it's usually in regard to someone else. Accidents are a reality. Make your personal safety just as real, and you will have a good chance of not becoming that "other person" to whom accidents are always happening. Most of us try to make a point of showing our children and grandchildren safety, the safe way to cross the street, or how to ride a bicycle. Through the years either by doing or by watching they also learn from you how to use appliances, tools, and ladders correctly, or that it's good practice and common sense to keep items in their proper places, or that there's a right way to lift things, your good example has given them an additional opportunity to lead a better and safer life in the future.

News from the Education Department:

We have recently received information about inter-tribal summer youth camp opportunities held in Arizona and South Dakota. If there are tribal member youth ages 10-14 that are interested, please contact us. There is a cost to attend but the camp sounds like a wonderful experience.

Sheridan Elementary in Petoskey is offering an Odawa language class on Monday evening for Sheridan students only. For more information, contact the Title VII Coordinator Connie Marshall at 231-348-2169.

For those of you that have tribally enrolled children in grades preschool through high school and have not applied for the Preschool -12 th Grade Education Assistance Scholarship that provides $100.00 for school-related expenses, you can still do so after the winter break. Please contact us at 231-242-1480.

Remember, parent involvement in Parent Committees is critical. Get involved with your JOM, Title VII and School Board committees. Make your voice heard!

Juniors!!! Are you busy applying for colleges?? Remember to be working on those college applications, resumes, personal statements, and essays. It is a must to have taken the ACT or SAT! Here are some things to note: Have you taken any college prep classes? Have you done any community service?

How many years of language have you completed? Have you served on any school committees, boards or councils? These are all important things to remember for those applications and essays.

Seniors!!!! Now is the time to have started all of that college financial aid paperwork. Remember to complete the F ree A pplication for F ederal S tudent A id (F.A.F.S.A.), seek out campus-based scholarships, contact us for tribal scholarship applications, complete the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application (if you plan to attend a Michigan public institution).

If you have questions, please call us. Denise Petoskey is our expert on the subject and she can be reached at 231-242-1492.

Tribal Council recently approved the funding of a Hockey & Ice Skating Program at Griffin Arena in the Harbor Springs/Petoskey Area. This program will bring some wonderful benefits to the membership such as free open skate, youth hockey program involvement, etc. As soon as the program is developed and given some detail, we will publish it in the next Odawa Trails, so start getting your skates sharpened!

We've added some wonderful movies and books to our library. So please come in and check out our wonderful selection. There are some new movie releases, DVD's and excellent book choices.

Just a reminder, the Michigan Indian Elder's Association is awarding $25.00 incentives to tribal students grades K-12 who have perfect attendance for one or both of their first two marking periods and to students grades 4-12 who have all A's for one or both of their first two marking periods. Please note, the awarding of these incentives will be done by a lottery. Furthermore, the LTBB Elder's Association will continue to grant the $25.00 award to all LTBB students who are not selected in the lottery for both perfect attendance and straight A's.

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your report card and a copy of your tribal ID to:

LTBB Indian Elder's Association
C/O Education Department
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Submissions must be sent after the second marking period and prior to March 1 st , 2004.

Commission Meeting Dates

Natural Resources Commission Meeting Date
January 14, 2004
February 11, 2004
March 10, 2004
Commission meetings are held at the NRD offices located at 7500 Odawa Circle. Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and are open to Tribal Members unless announced "Closed Session".

Economic Development Commission

Meeting Schedule
February 14, 2004
March 13, 2004
April 10, 2004

Meetings are held at 7500 Odawa Circle, Room 212, Harbor Springs. All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. The meetings are open to the public except when announced "closed

Indian Child Welfare Commission

Meeting Dates
January 31, 2004 9:30 A.M.
February 6, 2004 5:30 P.M.
February 28, 2004 9:30 A.M.

All meetings are open to the public, except when in closed session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any Commissioner.

All meetings are held at 915 Emmet Street, Petoskey, MI 49740.

Enrollment Commission

Meeting Dates
February 18, 2004
March 17, 2004

Enrollment Commission meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Room or Room 117 Enrollment Workroom.

Health Commission

Meeting Date
January 13, 2004
February 10, 2004

Health Commission meetings are held in the Commissions, Committee and Boards room located at 7500 Odawa Circle. Tribal Members are welcome to attend unless stated "closed session".

Election Board

Meeting Schedule
January 23, 2004
February 9, 2004
February 27, 2004

All meetings are held in the Commissions,
Committees and Boards room located at 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Lines From our membership


Congratulations go out to Jessica Rivard of Harper Woods, Michigan. Jessica was on the Honor Roll for the

Archdiocese of Detroit for the 6th grade. Jessica is the daughter of Cynthia and Raymond Rivard. Her family is very proud of her!

Congratulations go out to Zachary and Carly Rivard as well. They both managed to get all A's on their report cards this marking period. Zach and Carly attend Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Their parents are Cynthia and Raymond Rivard. Keep up the good work kids!

Birth Announcement

Proud Grandma, Judy Field announces the birth of Jaxon Jewel Young on 1--4-04 to daughter Lisa & Keno.

Maternal great-grandparents are Henry & Anne Field of Bay Shore.

Birthday Announcements

Happy Belated 7th
Birthday to Tristan Henry Field who celebrated on November 13th. You have brought so much happiness to my life and given me so many precious memories that I will cherish forever. Keep running like the wind on the soccer field!!!
All my love,
Grandma Judy

Happy Belated 6th Birthday to Chandler Scott Cone who celebrated on November 10th. Hope it was great Sonny!!!
Love ya,
Aunt Judy & Cousins

Happy Belated Birthday to Stacy Wilson , way down in Florida, who celebrated on November 6th. Hope to see you soon.
Love ya,
Aunt Judy & Cousins

Baaptema Dibishkang
Jesse King
Niizhwaasmitana shaa niizh!

Missed the December deadline Missy (Chartier) Moo, but you know I couldn't have done it without you. My partner in crime, always lending an ear, shedding a tear, my friend, my niece. my "other little girl ". I love you so and just wanted to let you know, wherever you go, I will always be there by your side...forever willing to take.." A Ride "!!!!
All my love,
Aunt Judy

Happy Birthday to Tosha Romero . I love you!
Grandma Wright

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to Auntie Dvonne & sister who celebrated on December 7th. We hope your day was as special as you are!
Kacie, Jeff & Linda

Happy Birthday to Paula Hall who celebrated in December!
Love, Norman,, Darlene, Worley and Verna

Happy Birthday on 1-9-04 to my baby sister, Bootsie aka Colleen Field. Seems like only yesterday that you were tagging along beside me.. "The little tattle tale"!! Ha ha
Love you,

Happy Birthday to Aaron Wemigwase hope you had a great Day!
Love you,
Meliss, Nicole & Josie

Happy Belated Birthday wises go out to Verna Jeanotte ! You're a great sister, we are glad you are ours!
Love, Norman,
Darlene, Worley and Paula

Happy Belated Birthday to Laura Burroughs who celebrated on December 26th!
Love, Ed, Charlene and Gloria


The family of the late William Francis King wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of those who involved themselves in any capacity to help us through this difficult time.

Miigwech to those who kept the fire so faithfully, those who volunteered to serve at the feast, miigwech to Joe Mitchell and Tony Davis who officiated at the ceremony and the Drum.

Please forgive us if we have inadvertently missed anyone.

Kchi Miigwech
The Family