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…


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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

* Cancelled* SPRING Prevention Camp
Jun 28 – Jul 1 all-day


Due to lack of participation, SPRING Prevention has decided to cancel the Camp US Summer Camp, which was to be held next week. We are looking forward to a great summer with Nish Fish and Jiimaan Journey! If you have questions about either of those programs, please contact SPRING Prevention at (231) 242 – 1641 or email

Tribal Council Work Session
Jun 28 @ 9:00 AM
Tribal Council Meeting
Jun 30 @ 9:00 AM
LTBB Wawiiayaa Giigidoowin “Talking Circle”
Jun 30 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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

Sweet Grass Harvesting Workshop
Jul 2 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
4th of July
Jul 4 all-day

LTBB Government Offices Closed.

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.

  • Hard copies are posted at the LTBB Government Center Bulletin Board.

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    Regional Director
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    Norman Pointe II
    5600 West American Blvd, Suite 500
    Bloomington, MN 55437

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  • HARBOR SPRINGS, MI - The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a recipient of a $5,000,000 competitive Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) award from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Continue Reading: Press Release 061322-01 $5 Million Dollar IHBG Award Announcement


  • Due to the decrease in cases in the area, we are going back to normal operations. Masks are not required indoors for staff and guests but are available if anyone would be more comfortable wearing one in the workplace. We will continue to follow our regular COVID-19 protocols for normal LTBB government operations. The Emergency Management Team “EMT” will meet bi-weekly and if there are any changes to protocols moving forward we will send an update to all staff as soon as possible.

    Everyone please continue to do your part with the 2 W’s (Wash your hands & Watch your distance) whenever possible in the workplace.


  • The new challenge this moon, one that you have seen before.  Are you ready to see how many plant foods you are consuming in a week?  The goal is 30 or more - not 30 servings just 30 different plants.  A few nuts, some oatmeal, an apple, a sprinkle of parsley on your noodles and you have five plant foods right there.  The hard part is that you only get to count each plant food one time in seven days, so tomorrow it is raisins, corn flakes, a banana, spinach salad and wheat bread for five more plant foods....  CAN YOU DO IT?  Give it a try!


  • LTBB Community Health has another exciting announcement to make this week. We are going to be participating in the Michigan Indian Family Olympics this year!

    The Community Health Department strives to promote health and wellness through fun, competitive, physical activities with other Michigan tribes! There are a variety of ways to get involved in this competition. Activities include: Archery, Long Jump, Jump Rope and Fitness Circuit, Softball Throw, 3 Point Basketball Shot, Running/Walking, and Lacrosse Speed Shot!


  • Stay Informed with the *BE ALERT* Emergency Notification System

    The Tri-County Office of Emergency Management is Michigan’s only three County Regional Emergency Management program proudly serving the Counties of Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet in Michigan’s northern lower peninsula. This is free to all residents in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties. Click on the *BE ALERT* & Smart911 tab to enroll.