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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

Public Hearing – American Rescue Plan Funds
Sep 23 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Topic: AFC Public Hearing

Time: Sep 23, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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The Public hearing is for Tribal Citizens and persons affiliated with the Tribe.   Leadership sponsored plans will be presented. Testimony from Tribal Citizens and persons affiliated with the Tribe shall be gathered to assist Tribal Council in making decisions for the appropriation of the American Rescue Plan Funds that were received by the Tribe in the amount of $34 million.

OEAHC Work Session
Sep 23 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Michigan Indian Day – Governement Offices Closed
Sep 24 all-day
Tribal Burial Board Meeting
Sep 24 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Election Board Work Session
Sep 24 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Important Information

Latest News

  • LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses wishing to be emailed of various business opportunities within the LTBB government or LTBB-owned enterprises should contact the LTBB Department of Commerce to provide an email address in which they would like to be contacted and include a brief statement of what their business offers.

  • The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share an important update regarding TCEs. While we strongly encourage RTMs to obtain TCEs prior to the purchase(s), there is now a way to request a refund directly from the Michigan Department of Treasury for taxes that were paid on eligible items.

  • Please help the LTBB Niigaandiwin Education Department in promoting our needs assessment survey! The set of questions is designed to understand the unique needs and interests of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa tribal citizens, and the greater community to ensure that programming is effective in serving our clients. The survey takes about 15 minutes or less to complete, and is open to all individuals including tribal and non-tribal. Please share this survey widely with your program clients, family members, and friends!

    PUBLIC HEARING, sponsored by the Appropriations and Finance Committee
    American Rescue Plan Funds
    Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Time: 4:30 pm to 7:00pm

  • COVID has changed the landscape of our events but we wanted to celebrate Sovereignty day this year. With the surge of COVID cases in our area the decision was made to host a drive thru event. The bonus is you can drive thru in your pjs. We hope you join us!

  • Starting this week, August 30th, and until further notice, Native Way will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am – 7pm.  You may call (231) 242-1616 if you wish to schedule a time and I would be happy to assist you in doing so.