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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09/23/2020 3:47 PM

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Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting - 5:30 PM
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09/23/2020 - 03:05 PM
Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted 24-hours in accordance with policy.
Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve Certified Motion # 100820-01 Authorization and Support of Applications for and Acceptance of COVID-19 Related Funds Received under Tribal Resolution 032420-01 COVID-19 Suspension of Deadlines, Bureau of Indian Affairs Consolidated Tribal Government Program Aid to Tribal Government CARES Act Supplemental Funds: Second Allocation.
Motion 100820-01 Acceptance of COVID-19 Related Funds BIA ATG CARES Act Second Allocation

A Special Appropriations and Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 @ 6pm to review and discuss the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, reduction of anticipated revenues, and other potential revenue sources. - Agenda

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.

09/03/2020 - Gun Safe Program
Please see the attached Natural Resource Department Gun Safe information – Gun Safe Application; Gun Safe Flyer; and Gun Safe Policy/Procedures – please make note that there is a cutoff date for application to be submitted.
Gun Safe Policy/Procedures | Gun Safe Application

08/24/2020 - Motion made by Councilor Tamara Kiogima and supported by Councilor Melissa Pamp to approve the following dates and deadlines in accordance with the Tribal Government Budget Formulation and Modification Process Statute, and rescinds any previously approved Budget Calendar dates and Deadline for the 2021 Annual Budget:
-September 8, 2020 Approval of the General Fund Budget Allocation to Governmental Branches (Regularly scheduled Appropriations and Finance Committee Meeting 9:00 a.m.)             
-September 29, 2020  Branch/Department 2021 Annual Budget submissions to Treasury Office (Office of Finance and Revenue), including General Fund Budgets, Cost Recovery Budgets and Grant / Federal Contract Fund Budgets.
-October 1, 2020 Determination of any deletions or additions to Governmental Branch proposed budgets, and Governmental Branches Budget hearings (Special Appropriations and Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom at 9:00 a.m.)
-October 8, 2020 Tribal Council receipt of proposed 2021 Annual Budget, and posting of proposed 2021 Annual Budget made available for Tribal Citizens. (Regularly scheduled Tribal Council Meeting)
-October 13, 2020   2021 Annual Budget Public Hearing at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom (Special Appropriations and Finance Committee Meeting)
-October 22, 2020   Tribal Council approval of 2021 Annual Budget (Regularly scheduled Tribal Council Meeting)
-October 23, 2020   Final 2021 Annual Budget posted to Tribal Website
Vote: 8 - Yes, 0 - No, 0 - Abstained, 1 - Absent (Secretary Julie Shananaquet)
Motion carried.

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

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.

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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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.

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.
Full Memo | Map






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