04/06/2020 11:21 AM
03/31/2020 - Current
Friday, April 10, 2020 is Good Friday. This is a holiday for government operations and we
will be closed.
Health Department will close besides the Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy will be open from
8am to 5pm.
WARNING: PHONE SCAMMERS POSING AS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS
We have been notified scammers posing as Health Department officials have been calling people
attempting to sell COVID-19 test kits or asking for personal information for Medicare/Medicaid.
These calls appear to be coming from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. We will NOT be
calling people to sell COVID-19 tests or treatments. We also will never call you asking for
account information, social security numbers or passwords.
Anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately.
DO NOT give out any personal information!
If you want to verify if the call is coming from the health department, hang up and
call us directly at 1-800-432-4121.
LTBB Health Department - Behavioral Health
Help to Deal with the Stress of Covid-19
We are all experiencing the Covid-19 crisis. Facing the uncertainty of the future, we feel the
pins and needles of angst and anxiety. Who else ran to the store when they heard that there was
a shortage of toilet paper? We are stocking up on food, using sanitizer and wearing masks to
protect ourselves from an unseen foe. Continue
Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility And Home
Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and
Considerations for Employers and in Your Home. Continue
K-12 Schools To Remain Closed For The Remainder Of The
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the
school year, unless restrictions are lifted. See her full order here...
Tribal Court Public Announcement
The LTBB Executive branch has extended the general government closure until April 30, 2020.
Consistent with the action taken by the Executive Branch the Tribal Court will continue to
operate under the protocols adopted on
March 16, 2020 until May 1, 2020. The Tribal Court will
continue to update its response as circumstances dictate, if you have any questions please
contact the Court Administrator.
Tribal Governmental Offices Closed To The Public Through April 30th
Dear Citizens of the LTBB Community,
LTBB like other tribal nations across the country, is actively engaged in efforts to prepare
for and lessen the impacts from Covid-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. I am writing
to ask your assistance as we proceed. Our response to this challenge will be successful if
we support one another and work together to protect our community during this pandemic.
We are fortunate to have an excellent staff of professionals responding to the problems posed
by Covid-19. Their job is not easy. Our team is working tirelessly to support the health and
safety of our community in response to rapidly evolving circumstances and sometimes with
incomplete information. We are fortunate to have such outstanding and dedicated people
working on our behalf.
Despite their hard work, and commitment to our community, we face significant disruptions in
the days and weeks ahead. Public health situations like Covid-19 are, are unpredictable and
constantly changing. We will continue to work with our tribal, local, state, and federal
partners to prepare for and deal with new challenges as they arise.
Given the risks posed by the virus and how little is known about it, we are making some
difficult choices as situations arise. Our top priority must be to support the health and
well-being of our community. We will keep the Tribal Governmental Offices closed to the
public through April 30th. However our services are still being provided, you may contact
departments directly or contact the mail phone line at 231-242-1400. Though we will try our
best to minimize burdens, I do not expect that we can eliminate them.
After a full review and finding a solution to safely get food delivered. The Elders
Department is going to resume elders luncheons as a drop off service only. We
have worked with our funding agency and will begin the drop off meals service to elders 70
and older. We will continue to expand meal delivery as needed based on funding guidelines
and CDC recommendations. I want to express my appreciation to those who have accommodated
these changes or helped to support the people affected by them. We all need to be ready to
adapt our behavior and make some sacrifices in the coming weeks.
To ease some of the financial impact our Housing Department will not be
collecting rent for the month of April. We hope this will help our families and our elders
for reassurance, they will be safe and secure in their homes thru this pandemic.
It will take the cooperation of our entire community to help ease the impact of COVID-19. I
encourage everyone to employ best practices that can help decrease the spread of Covid-19,
including washing your hands often and thoroughly. Here are ways you can help:
• Take care of yourself. The best thing you can do for you your friends and your community
is to take care of yourself if you aren’t feeling well. STAY HOME, Get some rest, get
any medical attention you need, and get yourself healthy.
• Stay informed. We will continue to update the LTBB Facebook page and here,
with the latest information and guidance. If you have questions, call 231-242-1400
I’d like to take a moment and thank all of you for your continued patience as we
continue to address this evolving situation. I also want to reiterate my thanks to the team
that is working to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Working together, I am
confident that we will be able to pilot whatever lies ahead and support one another through
this difficult and uncertain time. Miigwetch for your support
Regina Gasco- Bentley - Tribal Chairperson.
03/24/2020 - 03/30/2020
Great PSA by our Medical Director. Miigwetch Dr. Samuels for your wise words and doing
your best to keep our community healthy.
LTBB Gov't Shut Down Extended to April 13th
We are extending the government shut down to April 13, 2020. Services will continue to
be provided via phone, on-line, and snail-mail. We want people staying home and social
distancing themselves as much as possible.
During the LTBB Closure you can reach HR at:
General questions – Denise Petoskey at email@example.com, or
Benefits questions – Stephanie Brew firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety and Emergency Management questions email@example.com
We can also receive applications at HR@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation here in Michigan, and based upon the Governors
'Stay at Home' order, Odawa Casino is extending the closing of both Casino properties as well as
the Hotel through April 13.
We will continue to provide you with updates as they are determined, and as always, we
appreciate your continued loyalty.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Cultural Library will be closed until further notice.
We will keep you posted of
In the meantime, the digital library is always open.
LTBB Biindigen Gas Station
Effective Wednesday March 25, 2020
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In support of the Tribal Government's
decision to practice social distancing. OHS Biaagek will be closed to the public until April
Completed applications, required documentation and child-care timesheets can be faxed to
or emailed to DHSapplications@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
We also have a cell phone number that you can text pictures to if you are unable to utilize fax
or email: 231-838-4061
As a further reminder. all OHS applications are available on the LTBB website, under the
forms directory - Human Services.
We are always available by phone at 231-242-1620. Miigwgi;b for your understanding during these
times of uncertainty.
LTBB Health Department Protocols: Week of 3/23/20 – 3/27/20
Under Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order,
Healthcare is an essential function and we are continuing operations.
To limit exposure as much as possible, the Health Department has many staff working from
home. However, the Clinic is open for urgent care visits as determined by the staff, and
Dental is open for emergency visits. Please call ahead and discuss your situation before
coming to the building.
Front Doors are staffed with a medical employee who will be wearing personal protective
equipment (PPE). That employee will be screening people entering the building with some
questions and taking a temperature. No one will be allowed into the building that does not
have an appointment or scheduled business.
- Pharmacy is open. Prescriptions will be delivered via the entry
- Clinic: The Clinic will call all clients with scheduled appointments
to determine if their appointment is necessary or if they can consult by phone, or if
they need to be seen. The Clinic will continue to see urgent care patients.
- Purchased/Referred Care: PRC business is conducted by phone. Call
231-242-1600 for PRC needs.
- Dental: Regular appointments will be postponed. Dental is open to
service dental emergencies. Call 231-242-1740.
- Behavioral Health: We know this is a stressful time for all and
counselors are available to talk to you. Staff are contacting clients to switch to
phone counseling and will be doing telehealth as soon as it is available. Call
231-424-1640 for services.
- Community Health: Essential transports will continue. Staff will call
clients to assess their need, and clients can also call at 242-1601. Non-essential home
visits will be postponed or completed over the phone.
Elders Lunches are cancelled until further notice.
To reduce the transmission of COVID 19 we will not be offering Elders meal
or pick up at this time.
From Governor Gretchen Whitmer:
Today, I am issuing a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. It goes into effect tonight at
The goal here is simple: Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. If we all stay at home, except
for critical work and needs, we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Let me be clear: Your grocery stores will still be open. Your pharmacies will remain open.
Your banks and credit unions will still be functioning. You can fill your car with gas.
The full list of critical services that will remain open is available at
I know this is difficult. I know that this is disruptive. But doing this will save lives.
When we look back at this, we must be able to say we did everything we could. We will get
through this together.
Read more: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90487-522625--,00.html
You can read/download
the full Michigan Executive Order
From Our Chairperson, Regina Gasco- Bentley - 03/20/2020
The April 1st Blood Drive has been postponed.
Community Health: For the week of March 23rd through the 27th, we will be
the following services: Read More Here...
Youth Services Waaniigaanzijik (YSW) after-school program is cancelled to
governmental orders. YSW staff will be working remotely to ensure that we do our part in the
epidemic curve. Families may contact YSW by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us
We encourage families to join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1130536520393321/
We will be sharing important information, community resources, and fun
youth & caregivers on our Facebook page.
**Parents/caretakers: please be sure your phone number is up to date as we are sending text
Governmental updates and community resources. Please email or text new phone numbers/address
Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department (GALD) Community Update: Due
situation, GALD staff are working offsite. We continue to send out daily emails with the
Bibezhik Kidwin (one word at a time), that include the audio so learners can hear how to
sound out the
or phrase. Read More
DHS has been able to provide the same services without much, if any, delays. Staff have been
most requests remotely while still following the Tribal Government’s decision to close
our doors to
the public in the interest of social distancing.
The Community Services Block Grant is now open for income eligible
application and income guidelines are located in the forms
The Food Distribution warehouse is still processing orders for current
clients and can be
reached at 231-347-2573. New applications are always welcome.
Complete assistance applications, required documentation and daycare timesheets can be sent
or faxed to
Planning Department will be working remotely for the next two weeks but our
will continue to operate business as usual. We have just gotten a new construction
permitting software and
now have the ability to issue permits electronically or by mail. Attached you will find an
you need a permit for small alterations or basic repairs you can submit the permit by email
and we can
quickly process your permit. If you have a project that requires code review please contact
us by email or
phone for instructions on how to proceed (i.e. where to send your plans to etc.). As of
right now our
inspection process will continue as usual and we will communicate any changes or
interruptions if they
If you need to meet with someone from our department we are available by phone or email
or Amanda 231-242-1591. If you need an in person meeting we can try to work something out
technology such as facetime.
Miigwetch for your patience and cooperation during this trying time.
During this time of office closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Enrollment
Office will not
issuing Tribal Identification Cards. We will be issuing Enrollment statements for our
to access Biindigen/Odawa Hotel discounts. Please call Marin Taylor,
Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this service or you may email her at email@example.com . Marin has
of emailing you the statement.
Ps: Pauline Boulton, Enrollment Officer cell- (231) 838-0192 – I will be checking my
Due to the recent developments of the Coronovirus COVID-19, the Little Traverse Bay Bands
Department has decided to cancel Traditional Healer's, Jake Pine, visit scheduled for the
month of April.
apologize for any inconvenience.
- People with diabetes who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and complications.
- They should be especially diligent to reduce risk of exposure, including hand
social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.
- Managing diabetes can be more challenging during this time.
- Blood sugars: activity restriction, changes in eating patterns, and
illness can all
affect blood sugars. Patients should monitor more closely and call their
health care team if
are having problems.
- Medications: patients should ensure they have sufficient
medications and call their
health care team if they need refills.
- To reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, avoid going to the clinic unless
who develop mild symptoms should monitor their blood sugars, stay well hydrated, and
call their health
care team with concerns.
- For severe symptoms, seek medical care right away.
Initial Announcements - 03/13/2020
Executive Emergency Order - In coordination and consultation with Tribal
protect the health and safety of Tribal citizens and the public, I declare a State of
Emergency to address
the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately to remain in place until further notice. Read Full
The focus from the leadership of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is
the health and safety of our citizens and staff as we face the spread of COVID-19
Effective March 16, 2020, at 3 pm LTBB will enact a closure of LTBB
to the public. We are ensuring that department phones are answered, and will continue to
as best we can electronically.
All leading entry doors of our government buildings will have posted phone
We are taking this action as responsible leaders within our community. We will continue to
orders, directives, instructions, and recommendations made by government agencies and will
advise once we
All community events are cancelled until April 30th, 2020.
All Commission, Boards, and Committee meetings are cancelled until April 30th
Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by following us on social
and check in regularly
Please be well and follow all CDC best practices for protecting health during this pandemic.
LTBB Health Department Protocols: Week of 3/16/20 – 3/20/20
Front Doors are staffed with a medical employee who will be wearing personal protective
That employee will be screening people entering the building with some questions and taking
No one will be allowed into the building that does not have an appointment or scheduled
Pharmacy is open. Prescriptions will be delivered via the entry vestibule
with the same
process as after hours, using the camera and microphone to communicate with the pharmacy
Clinic: The Clinic will call all clients with scheduled appointments to
their appointment is necessary or if they can consult by phone, or if they need to be seen.
will continue to see urgent care patients.
Purchased/Referred Care: PRC business is to be conducted over the phone as
possible. Reference numbers will be given as usual, but over the phone.
Dental: Regular appointments will be postponed. Dental is open to service
Behavioral Health: Clinicians will be contacting clients to determine
Community Health: Essential transports will continue. Staff will call
clients to assess
their need, and clients can also call at 242-1601. Non-essential home visits will be
completed over the phone.
Native Way Gym is closed.
Tribal Court Public Announcement - We at Tribal Court take our role in
protect community health and safety very seriously. In order to help slow the spread of
Tribal Court will be adopting the following measures and protocols until further notice: Read Full
Law Enforcement will conduct business as usual to include dispatch. In the
dispatch does not answer the phone please call 911 and they can dispatch Tribal Police.
Natural Resources - The NRD Office will be closed to the public until March
However, any Tribal citizens needing a license or permits (ex. Walleye) can still obtain
them. They will
need to call the NRD in advance at 231 242-1670. License and permits will then be emailed,
faxed or snail
mailed to the tribal citizen. Tribal citizens needing a license or permit that same day or
that are local
may come to the office however they will not be admitted to the bldg. Their license/ permit
will be placed
into a mail box at the front door of the NRD.
The Enrollment Office will not be issuing Tribal Identification Cards.
We will be issuing Enrollment statements for our Tribal Citizens to access Biindigen/Odawa
Please call Marin Taylor, Genealogist/Administrative Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this
service or you
may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marin has the capabilities of emailing you the statement.
Elders Department Services.
The Elders Department will offer Curbside Lunches Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between
12:00 to 12:30
pm to Elders at the Governmental Complex. Direct Client Services, Emergency Fuel and
Utility, and Respite
needs will also be provided when applications are approved. We are trying to keep services
your patience is appreciated during this time.
Elder Shuttles will deliver meals to those on the pickup list and will reach out to those
Elders in the
morning for lunch deliveries.
Tribal Council - Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) Pandemic the
Tribal Council meetings/work sessions are cancelled:
March 24,26 and April 7,9.
Food Distribution Center is closed to the public. Current clients please
231-347-2573 to place your order with Staff or if you have questions! We will take your
order over the
phone and pack it for you. You will have the option to back up to the door and open your
trunk and we will
load for you or we will leave your order on a cart for you to load yourself.
For new clients all certification requirements are still in effect. We have placed
Applications in the
pouch below. Please email them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to have your application
processed. You may
also fax them 231-347-3241.
There are no one time exemptions for food distribution at this time.
How to Help Keep Your Immune System Healthy
What can you do? Take it a bite at a time. Good nutrition is essential
to a strong
immune system, which may offer protection from seasonal illness and other health problems.
No one food or
supplement can prevent illness but you may help support your immune system by including
these nutrients in
your overall eating plan on a regular basis.