LTBB COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line

(231) 242-1780

If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or booster please call the LTBB Health Department at 231-242-1780.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently approved for those 5 years and up.

COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief Applications

*Use this form ONLY for COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief Payment VI passed on 04/21/2023

Crooked Tree Wellness Clinic

(231) 242-1760



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.

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

Culture Nights – Session 3 – Next Step: Bandolier, Aprons, Vest, Side Drops, Ect
Feb 21 @ 5:00 PM
Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting
Feb 21 @ 5:30 PM

Meeting held at 911 Spring St., Petoskey.

Tribal Council Meeting
Feb 22 @ 9:00 AM

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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 ( 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.


Amendment to Tax Agreement

The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) is excited to announce that we have successfully negotiated a 5th Amendment to our LTBB/State of Michigan Tax Agreement! Effective August 1st, 2023 if you are looking to move into the Tax Agreement Area, there are now sales/use tax exemptions that could apply to your purchase before you move in. This includes sales/use tax exemptions on a modular/mobile home purchase or sales/use tax exemptions on permanent home improvement/renovation items. There is also an updated exemption for our current Resident Tribal Members. Please see below:


  • Effective August 1st, 2023 – sales/use tax exemptions on modular/mobile homes or permanent home improvement items for LTBB Tribal Citizens who are moving into the LTBB Tax Agreement Area with such purchases – meaning a person would not have to live within the Tax Agreement Area in order to be eligible for these specific exemptions.
    • The purchase(s) must be for the LTBB Tribal Citizen’s future principal residence, which must be within the Tax Agreement Area. The Tribal Citizen must establish the home as their principal residence within 12 months for a modular/mobile home purchase, or within 18 months for permanent home improvement item purchases.


  • Effective August 1st, 2023 – the AGI limit on the Form 4013: Resident Tribal Member Annual Sales Tax Credit has increased from $80,000 to $113,000 for the 2023 tax year and a mechanism has been built in so the amount can be reviewed/updated each year.


Please contact DOC for complete details, requirements, and new forms related to these exemptions. Information will also be available on the LTBB DOC web page. For any questions, please contact DOC at 231-242-1584 or We are very excited to bring these additional benefits to our Tribal Citizens! Miigwech.


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:
Living Wage Memo effective 010124

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 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:


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 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:


*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!


ACH Payment Option

The Accounting Department will now offer ACH payments for those interested in participating. The transition to ACH will begin shortly for those who choose to participate.


If you elect the ACH payment option, an Electronics Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization Form will need to be completed. This form will be found in the Forms Directory at under the Accounting tab.

Please complete all information on the Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form, review the Electronic Payment Terms and Conditions, sign and email to


Forms can also be mailed to LTBB Accounts Payable at 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form

EFT Flyer


Important Information Regarding Medicaid Renewals

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE) and paused the Medicaid renewal process until now. During the renewal process, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services will check to see if you are still eligible for free or low-cost Medicaid coverage. You may need to fill out a renewal form to keep your coverage. If you need to complete a renewal form one will be mailed out to you by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services based on your individual renewal date.


1. Update your address, phone number, and email address.

2. Report any changes to your household or income.

3. Check your mail or text messages for a renewal packet.

To update your information and learn more about filling out your renewal forms, visit


Fill out and sign your forms and return them by the scheduled due date with any proof the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services may need. Please be advised if you do not complete your renewal, you may lose your Medicaid coverage.

Questions? Call Abigail Dawson, PRC Benefits Assistant at the LTBB Health Department at 231-242-1752 during business hours, or call the State of MI Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 (TTY: 1-866-501-5656), Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Second Street & Mtigwaakiis Housing Developments

View Second Street & Mtigwaakiis Presentation in PDF

Mtigwaakiis (Murray Housing)

  • To shorten the current NAHASDA waiting list
  • Design 38 units in 4 apartment complexes; 4 units ADA compliant
    • 1 or 2 Bedroom units & Efficiency
  • Funded by Indian Housing Block Grant; 5 Million awarded with 1 Million LTBB contribution
  • Build up to 38 units based on construction costs
Historic Indian Town (Second St)

  • A place for Elder’s to come home to
  • Elder’s units will be close but separate from Multi-Generational units
  • Socialization for Elder’s units
  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded
  • Building 6 Elder’s units with 2 Multi-Generational Townhouses
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  • Ziibimijwang Inc is requesting community feedback on our services and social media presence for 2023. We will use this data to improve our plans and services for 2024. Your participation is greatly appreciated! This short survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. All information will be kept confidential and only used within our organization to determine how to proceed with our offered services to the LTBB community.

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