Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

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.

COVID Application Emergency Living Assistance Form


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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Updated: 11/23/2020 4:57 PM

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Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation Meeting - 5:00 PM
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News and Announcements

11/18/2020 - COVID Pause Community Education Materials. These are easy to understand plain language materials that include information on maintaining the integrity of a Social Pod during the pandemic,  holding Safe Social Gatherings, and finally, an easy to understand infographic that describes Michigan's COVID Pause (what's open/what's not).
ITCM has posted these materials on our FB page at or @InterTribalCouncilMichigan for you to easily share on your social media pages. These materials are available on our ITCM COVID page at

11/13/2020 - Our Dietitian Charla Gordon received some kind words from one of our elders, letting her know that those conversations at the Elder’s luncheons were really appreciated and truly missed!
Charla wants to keep those lines of communication open. Attached you will find the information that she would have discussed with the Elders this month, along with additional recipes and information.
For those of you who would like to discuss with Charla for a more specialized service, she is available to meet via Zoom! Contact information is included in the attached Dietitian Flyer!
Dietitian Flyer | Baked Apples | MedDietBrochure | Easy Pizza Casserole Mediterranean Style | Mediterranean Diet for Beginners | Mediterranean Diet Shopping List | Elder's Talk - Med Diet LTBB Style

11/04/2020 - Aanii Citizens, As the Executive recommendation for the Tribal Government building is to limit as much in person contact time in office as possible the Tribal Council Office will function in full service offsite as staff works from home. Please know that our staff is fully equipped to continue to provide the best communication and services on behalf of our Citizens. In addition to working offsite, and as in person contact is by appointment only, please also know that I will be your point person should you need to set up an in person appointment. Contact will be held outside of the building at an acceptable social distance with mandatory mask wearing by both parties. Additionally, though our office phones transfer to our cell phones, you may also contact my cell number 231-881-8704 directly for communication purposes to further ensure you are receiving the assistance you need.
Miigwech for your understanding and stay safe.
Michele Portman-LaCount
Legislative Office Manager

10/23/2020 - Aanii Citizens, please find attached a copy of the Appropriation of Funds for the 2021 Fiscal Year Operating Budgets approved by Tribal Council on October 22, 2020.
102220-02 Appropriation of Funds for the 2021 FY Operating Budgets

10/21/2020 - Aanii Citizens. Please find that the Citizens Only Portal has been refreshed and revised.
You will find the Portal link on the Tribal Website main tool bar. The Portal is a great go-to source for review of Public Documents such as Policies, Minutes and Certified Motions as well as a variety of other non-confidential documents and reports. There are also links for review of non-confidential Tribal Council and  Tribal Council Committee Work Session/Meeting documents, Documents for Comment, Corporate Charter documents and a host of various Reports, Agreements, Memorandums and Directives. The site is password protected, but easy to set up in just a couple of steps. Please enjoy this site as we continue to update.
If you do not find something you are looking for, please contact us at or 231-242-1403 so we can further assist you as this site is still a work in progress. Miigwech.

10/20/2020 - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Phase II of the LTBB Reopening Plan has been extended to Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Access to Government Buildings:

  • Government buildings will be open to citizens needing to conduct business by appointment only.  
  • No social visiting or group socializing or gatherings are permitted.
  • Citizens are encouraged to continue to conduct business by electronic means whenever possible.
  • Temperature checks and questionnaire are required for citizens and guests entering the buildings.
    • All citizens and guests to use main entrance doors and to remain at check-in/check-out stations until department personnel can be called to come escort them to and from the department providing services.
    • All citizens and guests are to practice social distancing, wear masks, and use hand sanitizer station when entering and exiting the building.
    • Vendors will continue to use their usual delivery entrances.
  • Office hours will be Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

10/13/2020 - The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) would like to remind all Resident Tribal Members to please submit all Requests for TCEs prior to making the actual purchase(s). Due to the many areas of verification that occur with a TCE Request, DOC has up to 96 hours to process a completed Request once all backup and necessary information has been received – provided there are no issues found during the verification processes or circumstances that happen beyond our control (i.e., power outages, etc.). Please make an effort to submit your Requests within the 96-hour timeframe so that there is a sufficient amount of time to complete the verification processes. While we do understand that sometimes this may not be possible – this should be a last resort situation and we ask that you please reach out to us as soon as possible if you do have a unique circumstance that does not allow you to submit your Request in advance.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the TCE process – please contact the LTBB DOC office at 231.242.1584 or by email at Miigwech – Hayden Hooper, Department of Commerce Director.

09/11/2020 - Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan 2021-2024 Draft posted for public comment

09/09/2020 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

09/03/2020 - Copper Ammunition Swap
NRD has a limited supply of Copper ammunition available to swap their lead ammunition for. So please let our tribal hunters know that we have safe ammunition available to swap out for their toxic lead ammunition. I have put together some facts about the dangers of lead ammunition as well as a link for FAQS.
There is no safe level of lead. On impact, lead bullets lose a apportion of their weight, spreading toxic fragments into game meat and into gut piles that are left behind.
Lead is a poisonous metal that has already been removed from paint, gasoline, and plumbing. So why not remove it from ammunition to keep it out of our food?
It is recommended that pregnant women and children should avoid eating games shot with lead ammunition. Using non lead ammunition removes risk. Even small amounts of lead can affect the nervous system, cause anemia and increase blood pressure. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning it can parentally lower IQ and cause learning disabilities and aggressive behavior.
Repeated exposure to the toxic metal causes a raft of health problems including brain damage, high blood pressure, and anemia. Lead is found in bullets as well as the explosive that ignites gunpowder. When a bullet is fired, it gets so hot that that lead actually vaporizes.
Bald eagles and other animals are poisoned when they eat lead fragments in carcasses and gut piles. Scavengers will feed in groups and many species will share one carcass. One carcass can poison multiple birds and other animals.
Recent studies find that animals such as Bald Eagles are dying from lead poisoning and have higher lead levels during hunting season than any other time of year. Apparently, they are encountering lead through the remnants of bullets left behind in unclaimed animal remains.  This leftover lead can also be a problem for people in the form of contaminated meat brought back from the hunt.
The dangers associated with lead have inspired some ammunition companies to look for safer alternatives, and some ammunition companies have begun producing copper bullets. They hold together better and they don’t leave behind a toxic residue.
We have had some bald eagles found sick with lead poisoning on our reservation. So this is a problem here and this is something that we can all work on to protect our environment, its creatures and ourselves.

08/24/2020 - The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) would like to share information about an available grant program: stabilization grants being offered through the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This is a grant opportunity in which 28 Native-owned small businesses will be selected to receive $5,000 to help with certain business needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding has not yet been exhausted, so applications are still being accepted at this time. Below is a link to the NCAI website where the grant information is discussed. You will also find the link to apply on that page as well. Although this is not an LTBB program, DOC is available to help if you have any questions on this. Please call 231.242.1584 or email with any questions. Here is the link to the grant information: Miigwech.

08/07/2020 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

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

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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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.

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



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