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 V passed on 04/05/2022

*Use this form ONLY for the IV COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief Payment passed on 10/21/2021

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…


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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

Traditional Healer Services – Joseph Syrette
Sep 29 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To schedule, please contact LTBB Behavioral Health at (231) 242 – 1640.

LTBB Wawiiayaa Giigidoowin “Talking Circle”
Sep 29 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: 1260 Ajiijaak Ave., BH Conference Room (Enter through rear door)

Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 @ 12:00 PM
Sobriety Feast
Sep 30 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sovereignty Day Celebration
Oct 1 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
OEAHC Meeting
Oct 3 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

via Zoom.

Important Information

Latest News

09/16/2022: Tribal Council Vacancy

Tribal Council has Officially declared a vacancy on Tribal Council at their last meeting on August 25, 2022 and made the following motion, “Motion made by Councilor Fred Kiogima and supported by Councilor Melissa Pamp to declare a vacancy on Tribal Council. Vote: 6 – Yes, 0 – No, 0 – Abstained, 2 – Absent (Councilor William Ortiz, Secretary Marcella Reyes).


Tribal Council made the following motion at their September 15, 2022 meeting, “Motion made by Councilor William Ortiz and supported by Councilor Melissa Pamp  to mandate the Legislative Office to post the vacancy for letters of interest due by close of business on October 6, and the date for interviews will be October 25, 2022. Vote:  7 – Yes, 0 – No, 0 – Abstained, 1 – Absent (Secretary Marcella Reyes).


Please send a Letter of Interest and Resume’ to Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council Office,  7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Additional information may be obtained by calling 231-242-1403.

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  • The Planning Department is seeking to dispose of surplus equipment it has. In accordance with WAGANAKISING ODAWAK STATUTE 2012-015 ASSET DISPOSITION, the departments previously offered first right of refusal to all LTBB Governmental Departments and Enterprises on the surplus equipment listed below.  No department expressed an interest in the equipment.  We will now offer them to LTBB Tribal Citizens and public by way of sealed bid.  All interested parties must submit a sealed bid to the LTBB Accounting Department Attn: Mandy Szocinski.  Bids can be mailed or hand delivered to:  LTBB Accounting Department Attn: Mandy Szocinski, 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.  See below for items location and contact information..


  • It is the first full week of Minoomin Giizis (Ricing Moon), and the materials from the White Earth Community that we are sharing for this moon are attached to this email.   Our Food is Medicine teaching is Why Plant Colors are Good to Eat:  Learning about Antioxidants and Phytochemicals and The Food Topic is Gichi-ogin, Tomato is Our Relative.

    There is a recipe for Minoomin and Berries and the Minoomin Giizis Challenge Calendar are both attached.  

    This month’s moon challenge - Take the 28 - encourages including breakfast every day during the remainder of the moon – but if breakfast is a new practice for you, we are hoping that you can get breakfast at least 4 days in the next four weeks and that they are in some kind of a row.   


  • LTBB Mnozhiyaa Community Health is soo excited to announce that the harvest is getting ready at Mshko’Ode Farm!

    Take a peek at this video where our very own Mindy Taylor, Community Health Manager, takes you on a tour through our portion of the garden!


  • The term Well-being has been applied in many ways. It is much more than just physical health, exercise, and nutrition. Well-being is commonly viewed as having seven dimensions: Awareness, Food, Being in Motion, Sleep, Balance, Relationships, Culture / Traditions.  Each dimension contributes to our well-being or quality of life and has an impact on each of the other dimensions. When it comes to our lives, we always hear about achieving balance in these 7 dimensions. Sometimes in our lives, one dimension is vying for more time or attention than another and we have to learn how to counterbalance our time between each one to achieve balance again. Most people have a dimension that is more important to them and that’s okay. But neglecting any one dimension can have adverse effects on someone’s overall health.