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

*Use this form ONLY for the first COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief Payment passed on 06/10/2021

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…


Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by checking back here and following us on Facebook. Please be well and follow all CDC best practices for protecting health during this pandemic.

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

Housing Commission Meeting @ Tribal Council Chambers
May 16 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
OEAHC Meeting
May 16 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

via Zoom.

Tribal Council Work Session
May 17 @ 9:00 AM
Zoom Community Language Class
May 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Traditional Healer Services – Joseph Syrette
May 18 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Traditional Healer Services – Joseph Syrette
May 19 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Important Information

Latest News

Tribal Chairperson’s Statement Regarding Reservation Litigation


1855 Treaty Reservation Map

Tribal Chairperson Regina Gasco-Bentley has released a statement regarding the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa’s reservation litigation.


On Monday, February 28, 2022 the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of our case in Federal Court in which we sought affirmation of the reservation boundaries in the 1855 Treaty of Detroit. In legalese, the U.S. Supreme court ordered that “The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.” We sought review of the May 28, 2021 ruling of the Federal Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in which the Court held that the 1855 Treaty did not establish a jurisdictional reservation. The Supreme Court’s refusal to review that decision leaves the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in place as final and binding.


This case cannot change the fact that this region has always been and remains our home.

Most important, this case in no way impairs the Indian Country status of our trust lands, our programs, services, inter-governmental agreements, or programs and services.

  • The Election Board is seeking two community members to serve as official Poll Sitters for the 2022 Recall Election Day.

    Dates and hours would include:
    Friday, June 3, 2022, 10 am - 7 pm.

    Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and cannot be LTBB Tribal Members or related to any subjects of the recall.


  • We have a 3-week challenge for you this month to honor Bopogimenh Giizis - Broken Snowshoe Moon (13th moon), and we are sharing information from the White Earth Community about sunflower seeds.   Our challenge this month is to eat more seeds and nuts.


  • We are pleased to announce the 29th Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow will be held on August 13 and 14.

    Below are the Trader Rules and Trader Application.

    Trader Rules 2022 | Trader Application 2022


  • The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief Payment Program Policy V*
    *To remain consistent with previous COVID funding programs, Tribal Council Resolution titled Payment III, will be referred to as payment V this policy.

    Similar to many other governments across the world, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has declared a Tribal State of Emergency during the COVID -19 Emergency Disaster on March 17, 2020.


  • It is time to start thinking about what Kitigaan (Garden) Kits you want to plant this year. Our Kitigaan Kit event will occur at the Government Center on May 20th from 10 AM- 2 PM. Ordering is open to the tribal community, including tribal employees.
    TO ORDER: fill out the request form at the link: OR use the camera on your cellular phone to scan the QR code on the flyer to generate the request form. Orders must be placed by Wednesday April 20th.


  • FS-2022-23, March 2022 This Fact Sheet issues final FAQs for Payments by Indian Tribal Governments and Alaska Native Corporations to Individuals under COVID- Relief Legislation, which reflect updates to the Draft FAQs based on input from tribal government and Alaska Native Corporations leaders. For purposes of these FAQs, references to tribal members include other eligible recipients of COVID relief payments, such as a tribal member’s dependents.