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Executive Emergency Order

In coordination and consultation with Tribal Council, to 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 Order…

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A Tribal History

The Tribe

On Sept. 21, 1994, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) was federally reaffirmed with the signing of Public Law 103-324. The Tribe is governed by a nine member Tribal Council who serve staggered terms. The Tribe has over 4,000 members with a large number living within Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians presently employs over 100 full and part-time employees. The historically delineated reservation area, located in the north-western part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, encompasses approximately 336 square miles of land within the two counties. The largest communities within the reservation boundaries are Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix.

LTBB Mission Statement

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 aawiyiing.  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, kanamaajiidonaa 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, mii go kina gwaya maampii enjibaad jiniigaanibizad.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting
Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
OEAHC Regular Meeting
Sep 30 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Land and Reservation Committee Meeting
Oct 1 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Via Zoom

Tribal Council Work Session
Oct 5 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Elders Commission Meeting
Oct 6 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meeting in Room 312.

Important Information

Latest News

  • Due to the rise in cases within our region and COVID-19 activity within our government operations, we are making some changes and moving from Phase 4 to Phase 3.5 effective today September 28, 2021.  Attached please find a copy of Phase 3.5 for your review.  Please be advised that Phase 3.5 has some significant changes to our safety protocols for government operations.
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  • There has been an employee at the Mna Mskiiki Gumik Health Clinic who has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact Tracing has been conducted. All the people who have had risk for exposure have been contacted and provided guidance on testing and length of quarantine.
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  • LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses wishing to be emailed of various business opportunities within the LTBB government or LTBB-owned enterprises should contact the LTBB Department of Commerce to provide an email address in which they would like to be contacted and include a brief statement of what their business offers.
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share an important update regarding TCEs. While we strongly encourage RTMs to obtain TCEs prior to the purchase(s), there is now a way to request a refund directly from the Michigan Department of Treasury for taxes that were paid on eligible items.
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  • Please help the LTBB Niigaandiwin Education Department in promoting our needs assessment survey! The set of questions is designed to understand the unique needs and interests of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa tribal citizens, and the greater community to ensure that programming is effective in serving our clients. The survey takes about 15 minutes or less to complete, and is open to all individuals including tribal and non-tribal. Please share this survey widely with your program clients, family members, and friends!
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    PUBLIC HEARING, sponsored by the Appropriations and Finance Committee
    American Rescue Plan Funds
    Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Time: 4:30 pm to 7:00pm
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