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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Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic

(231) 242-1760

Website: https://ctwc.health


Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic is open and accepting patients!  Anyone who has Medicaid as primary insurance is eligible to be seen at CTWC! 


Appointments available for Native and non-Native people.


Tribal Citizens, if you have family members or friends who are on Medicaid and in need of medical services, please tell them about Crooked Tree Wellness Center.


Crooked Tree Wellness Center has appointments available  Monday – Thursday, 7:20 am – 4:30 pm.

Phone number is:  231-242-1760.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Traditional Healer Services – Joseph Syrette
Apr 17 all-day
Tribal Burial Board Meeting
Apr 17 @ 2:00 PM

Meeting held at NRD Conference Room.

Culture Nights – Session 4 – Accessories & Finish
Apr 17 @ 5:00 PM
Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting
Apr 17 @ 5:30 PM

Meeting held at 911 Spring St., Petoskey.

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Traditional Healer Services – Joseph Syrette
Apr 18 all-day
Talking Circle
Apr 18 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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2025 Proposed Budget


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The Archie Kiogima Jr. ba Migizi (Eagle) Aviary and Rehabilitation Center Press Release




Little Traverse Bay Bands and Celebrated Michigan Raptor Rehabilitator Collaborate on First Tribal Eagle Aviary and Raptor Center East of the Mississippi River

The Archie Kiogima Jr. ba Migizi (Eagle) Aviary and Rehabilitation Center will enable tribe to save federally protected eagles and educate public on their importance to Native American culture


MICHIGAN (December 20, 2023) — Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is proud to announce the award of a $250,000 matching grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community as a part of its continued campaign to fund and build the Archie Kiogima Jr. ba Migizi Aviary and Rehabilitation Center. LTBB is seeking like-minded Tribes, groups and individuals in the care and protection of injured Eagles and other raptors through the construction of top-notch facility on Tribal land nestled within a Northern Michigan.


LTBB has had a long-term relationship with one of the country’s most celebrated raptor rehabilitators, Rebecca Lessard founder and operator of Wings of Wonder (WOW) located in Empire, Michigan. During that time, the LTBB Natural Resource Department rescued and transported dozens of eagles and other injured birds of prey to WOW for treatment. Many of these raptors were able to return to tribal lands for release back into the wild. However, after rehabilitating hundreds of eagles and other raptors for over 30 years Rebecca Lessard is now retired. Please help the LTBB Natural Resource Department (NRD) cement  Wings of Wonder (WOW) and former longtime WOW icon Rebecca Lessard’s legacy through donation funds necessary for the construction of the Archie Kiogima ba Migizi Aviary and Rehabilitation Center. Total project costs are estimated at $2.3 million. The funding campaign is on the way to that funding goal however a significant amount of funding is needed yet. A minimum of $250,000 in additional donations are needed in order to fully realize the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community grant as such LTBB has recently created an informational webpage (https://ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/migizi-aviary/) on the project with online donation capabilities.


The Bald Eagle, “Migizi” is a highly respected and significant cultural species to many Native American Tribes, including the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Preserving this highly revered and significant cultural species for the next seven generations is a high priority for the LTBB.


Living Wage Memo Effective 01/01/2024

Per Tribal Resolution #102619-05 Promotion of a Living Wage, the calculations for the Living Wage are as follows:
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Housing Developments Presentation

Free Tax Assistance at LTBB

As we are approaching tax season, I wanted to share an exciting announcement from the LTBB Department of Commerce. Please see below and attached, and share with those who may be interested. We are excited to bring this service here to LTBB!


The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) has connected with the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) to bring FREE tax preparation assistance to LTBB! We will coordinate with their team of IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistances (VITA) to bring a 1-day service to the LTBB Government Center where we will schedule appointments to have income taxes done for FREE! We are anticipating one day in February 2024 occurring on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to reach our Elders lunch attendees, but additional days may be added depending on level of interest. This service will be provided on a scheduled appointment-basis, rather than walk-in service.


Because our Elders + Resident Tribal Members can be uniquely impacted by tax preparation season, these groups will be prioritized when scheduling appointments. Then it will be opened up to all eligible LTBB Tribal Citizens, and if we continue to have the resources, it will open up to non-Citizen LTBB staff members. While we will originally plan for one day, additional days may be added depending on interest level.


Please let DOC know if you are interested in this free tax service so we can coordinate with NMCAA on scheduling. While this won’t commit you to making an appointment at this time, it will be helpful for us to gauge the level of interest. Comments, messages, emails, or phone calls will be accepted to express an interest! DOC can be reached at 231-242-1584/231-420-2924 or DOC@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov. Once a date is scheduled, we will post another announcement letting Citizens know that appointment-scheduling is opened up.


For some background information on the VITA program: this is an IRS program that offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. VITA operates through partner sites such as the NMCAA. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. More information can be found on the IRS website at: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers.


For those not interested in participating in an LTBB-scheduled tax day, NMCAA does have other client-directed options to assist with taxes such as: appointments, drop-offs, virtual upload, or free self-prep. You can contact NMCAA directly at 231-347-9070 or visit their website at https://www.nmcaa.net/tax_preparation.asp. We will post additional announcements closer to tax time with their contact information again. Office locations include: Petoskey, Traverse City, Cadillac, Charlevoix, Honor, Benzonia, and Kalkaska. DOC is happy to help get you connected with an NMCAA office. For those not located in these areas, there may still be VITA services near you! VITA programs are available in many other areas, including outside of Michigan. Here is a link where you can search for a VITA provider in your area: https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.


*Eligible participants in the NMCAA tax program are: individuals or families who make $75,000 a year or less, seniors, persons with disabilities, and those with English as a second language.


Please contact DOC if you are interested in this service!

  • We are excited to announce the date for our new Parent Support Group in collaboration with Dr. Lawrence and LTBB Behavioral Health. We would like to invite caretakers/parents of tribal children on the autism spectrum to come join us every other Wednesday, starting April 24th from 5:30-7:00PM at the LTBB Health Clinic Behavioral Health meeting room (rear parking lot, behavioral health entrance).

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  • Happy Spring! It is a little hard to dream of our summer gardens on this snowy day but maybe it is just the thing we need! Registration is now open for the 2024 Kitigaan Kits. Please sign up here. We ask that you keep this to one kit per household. This is open to the LTBB Tribal Community, which includes employees.

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  • Download Document:  CPB-028-0224 - Notice to Creditors

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  • As seen in the Odawa Trails March Edition, we are still accepting applications for the new Indian Town Housing Development in Harbor Springs.
    Please contact our Housing Department for more information. Applications can be found on the LTBB website or at the Government Center.

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  • We are having an issue with Quest Labs and you may have received statements from Quest from labs that you had done at our clinic. THESE STATEMENTS ARE A MISTAKE BY QUEST!  These statements were supposed to be directed to LTBB for payment.  Quest has assured us that all patient accounts have been put on hold and no one will be sent to collections due to these lab charges.

    If you receive a bill from Quest, please notify PRC at (231) 242-1600.

    We are working with Quest to get this resolved and apologize for the inconvenience and stress this has caused.

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  • March/Zinzibaakwad Giizis, that Sugar Moon.
    This months moon reminds us of that that gift from the Creator that helps us balance blood and heals us. During this time we are encouraged to balance our lives and nurture our Spirits as we balance our physical beings. This is the first of the medicines harvested in the new year and thus begins a new year of harvesting and preparing for what is to come. This moon also reminds us that when that sap is running for maple sugar/syrup harvest it is celebrated as the Anishnaabe New Year.

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