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

Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all-day
Sovereignty Day Celebration
Sep 30 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Save the date! The 29th Annual Sovereignty Day celebration is on Saturday, September 30th from 3-7PM at the LTBB Government Center.
Join us for a day of family activities, the parade, workshops, vendors, frybread tacos, and more!


We have two new activities this year to introduce

The first will be a Prevention and Pride Color Fun Walk through Community Health and Behavioral Health Teams! A Flyer will be sent out shortly with all the details, you can sign up at

The second is a Jiimaan making competition. Big or small! Wear it, pull it, or carry it! Decorate your version of a Jiimaan for the parade. We will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Additional details for all activities will follow
If you are interested in registering as a vendor, please sign up here:



Homegrown Project
Oct 2 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Gaming Regulatory Commission Meeting @ 911 Spring St
Oct 2 @ 5:30 PM

All meeting held at 911 Spring St. Petoskey.

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Meeting ID: 587 469 0227

Passcode: 125660


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Food Preservation Workshops
Oct 3 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Homegrown Project
Oct 3 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Important Information

Latest News


Orange Shirt Day / Day of Truth and Reconciliation


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 01/01/2023

Per Tribal Resolution #102619-05 Promotion of a Living Wage, the calculations for the Living Wage are as follows:
Living Wage Memo effective 010123


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.

To learn more, go to


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
  • Aanii Kina Gwaya,

    COVID cases are also present in our Northern Michigan area. Our LTBB Odawa Tribe Health Department encourages every patient, Health Department staff, and LTBB Odawa employee to please get their COVID booster shot.

    Getting vaccinated against COVID also helps to reduce your risk of becoming ill from the COVID virus. Getting vaccinated can also help reduce the risk of COVID spread in families and communities, protecting our most vulnerable, elders and children.


  • It has been a beautiful Summer, but gone by way to fast. As we continue the harvest season we look to that  Mndaamin Giizis that corn moon for another teaching. Mndaamin Giizis  shares with us the cycle of life and those Spirits waiting to begin their walk here. Have a great weekend, month and enjoy our Traditional Jiingtamok that is coming up soon.


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  • This will be the year for the abundance of Blackberry’s and to plan ahead as in life we need to be ready what is to come. The abundance this year reminds us that next year may not be as plentiful. Enjoy this gift from the Creator and Mother Earth. Read More...

  • The seventh moon of Creation is Raspberry Moon, when great changes begin. A little late but still great thoughts. Have a great month, stay safe and enjoy the summer.


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