LTBB COVID-19 Information And Cancellations

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...

Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by following us on Facebook and check in regularly on our COVID-19 page .
Please be well and follow all CDC best practices for protecting health during this pandemic.

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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08/03/2020 8:17 AM

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Notice: The Tribal Council August 4, 2020 Work Session and August 6, 2020 Regular Meeting have been cancelled.

Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting - 5:30 PM

Gaming Authority Work Session - 9:00 AM
Gaming Authority Meeting - 10:00 AM


07/27/2020 - Today Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) announced they are now accepting applications from Tribal Citizens  for COVID-19 Emergency Disaster Relief CARES Act funding.
This funding is intended to help LTBB citizens respond to COVID-19 by providing economic support to those suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related closures.

Staff have been working tirelessly to ensure our community stays safe during this crisis and that citizens are provided some economic relief during these difficult times.  On July 23, 2020, Tribal Chairperson Regina Gasco-Bentley signed the appropriation of  the CARES Act  funding to provide Emergency Disaster Relief to all citizens.

Under this announcement LTBB will provide this program through Human Services Department.  The program is intended to be flexible and responsive to the needs and priorities of tribal citizens anywhere they reside.

Emergency Disaster Relief Assistance may cover a wide range of items such as  unanticipated additional expenditures for the following:  sanitizing supplies; personal protection equipment; increased food, utility and health-care expenses; and support toward severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The form can be found on our Tribal website. If you need a form mailed to you please contact Human services at (231) 242-1620 and they will assist you.

COVID Application Emergency Living Assistance Form

07/22/2020 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

Aanii. The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share another COVID-related grant opportunity for our Tribal Citizen owned businesses: the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Although the business does not have to be Tribal Citizen owned to qualify, at least 30% of the available funds will be awarded to minority-owned, women-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. There is $100 million available in statewide funds that have been allocated amongst the various counties in Michigan, and applicants may apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds. The application is open now and closes on August 5th, 2020 at 11:59pm . The link to the application can be found here: , including eligibility requirements. Please contact the LTBB Department of Commerce for more information or if you have any questions.  Miigwech.

Three more weeks to read! Open for all ages. Incentives for multiple age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17, & adults.
If you have any questions, call 231-242-1487 or email . All books read count, including ebooks and audiobooks. Time spent reading to children also counts.
Registration Form | Summer Reading Log 2020

1.315 Bail or Conditions of Release
Amended LTBB RCP 1.315 06-24-2020

At arraignment, the Court shall address the issue of bail/bond and decide whether the defendant should be released on their own recognizance, or be required to post a cash or surety bond with the Court, and if so, designate the amount. The Court shall also determine whether any conditions of release are appropriate to the case, and order same. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
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LTBB Tribal Court Administrative Order
Administrative Order 06-24-2020-05

LTBB Government buildings have been shut down since March 16, 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. On May 18, 2020, we implemented Phase I of the government’s phased reopening plan. Phase I is currently scheduled to end on June 27, 2020. The overall goal of LTBB’s COVID-19 Multi-Phase Re-Opening Plan is to provide employees with as safe as an environment as possible and protect privacy, while providing governmental services to our tribal community. Phase II goals are to continue provide a safe environment for staff and the community while lifting restrictions for our governmental operations. Government operations will continue to strive to do our part to help flatten the curve in the State of Michigan and our tribal community. Health and safety posters and handouts related to COVID-19 are available for all employees upon request.
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Due to the Communications Department staff being out for medical reasons and on furlough, there will be no July issue of the Odawa Trails newsletter. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. There will be an August issue of the Odawa Trails newsletter. You may view past issues of the Odawa Trails newsletters at
Annette VanDeCar
LTBB Communications Coordinator

Guidelines and Application for CARES Act Funding
LTBB has received funding from the CARES Act, and amongst other distributions – DOC is administering a portion of these funds to LTBB Citizen-owned businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. Business must be LTBB-Citizen owned (51% ownership or more)
  2. Business must have been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  3. Cannot be a marijuana-based business, as this is federal funding

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to DOC by June 19th, 2020.
Grants to Businesses Guidelines
CARES Act Application

The LTBB Health Department will be moving forward with the second payment for the Medicare Reimbursement Program as scheduled in July. If you received reimbursement for your Part B premiums at the beginning of this year, there is nothing else you need to do to receive your second installment. The second check will be processed automatically. If you received reimbursement for Part D premiums, we will need proof of your Part D premium expenses for January-June 2020. Rest assured, Valorie Glazier, our Patient Benefits Specialist, will be reaching out to all citizens that submitted applications during the first round of reimbursement to work with you to get the documentation we need.

For LTBB citizens that are currently paying for your Medicare Part B and Part D premiums and did not apply for reimbursement earlier this year, it is not too late to be reimbursed for premiums paid January-June 2020!! The Medicare Reimbursement Program Application is located in the Health Clinic Forms Directory on the LTBB website. We can also mail or fax you an application.
Please call Valorie Glazier at (231) 242-1748 to request an application. She is also available to answer any questions you may have. Please be patient, we are working through calls as fast as we can.

LTBB has received funding from the CARES Act, and amongst other distributions – DOC will be administering a portion of these funds to Tribal Citizen-owned businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19.
DOC is seeking contact information (including name, phone number, and email) and proof of ownership (such as an SS-4, a Doing Business As filed with LTBB or any other government, or a copy of the last filed Business Tax return) to be emailed to for all businesses legally owned by LTBB citizens at 51% ownership or more who were negatively affected by COVID-19.
DOC is in need of this information by June 11th so we may send out the corresponding grant applications for funding.

05/14/2020 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

12/16/19 - Per Tribal Resolution #102619-05 Promotion of a Living Wage, the calculations for the Living Wage are as follows...
Living Wage for January 1, 2020 Memo

12/09/19 - FAQ for the Medicare premium reimbursement program.

09/07/18 - LTBB NRD CWD Emergency Regulations for the 1836 Treaty Ceded Territory of Michigan Effective: 8-28-18
CWD Core Area: means the 5-County Core CWD Area which includes Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, and Newaygo counties all within the 1836 Treaty Area.
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