Today Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) announced they are now accepting
applications from Tribal Citizens for COVID-19 Emergency Disaster Relief CARES Act funding.
This funding is intended to help LTBB citizens respond to COVID-19 by providing economic support to those
suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related closures.
Staff have been working tirelessly to ensure our community stays safe during this crisis and that citizens
are provided some economic relief during these difficult times. On July 23, 2020, Tribal Chairperson Regina
Gasco-Bentley signed the appropriation of the CARES Act funding to provide Emergency Disaster Relief to all
Under this announcement LTBB will provide this program through Human Services Department. The program is
intended to be flexible and responsive to the needs and priorities of tribal citizens anywhere they reside.
Emergency Disaster Relief Assistance may cover a wide range of items such as unanticipated additional
expenditures for the following: sanitizing supplies; personal protection equipment; increased food, utility
and health-care expenses; and support toward severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus
pandemic. The form can be found on our Tribal website. If you need a form mailed to you please contact Human
services at (231) 242-1620 and they will assist you.
COVID -19 Emergency Disaster Relief Payment Program 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.
As a result of the impact of the global COVID-19 Emergency Disaster, LTBB Citizens have experienced uuauticipated losses or reduction of income from employment, business interruption or other revenue sources, in the form of reduced or shorter work hours, cut in salary or pay, furlough, reduced capacity, limited hours of operations, infected with COVID-19, quarantined or assisted an immediate family member who has been infected with COVID-19 or quarantined, stay at home orders, and unable to work due to having to take care of children that were required to stay at home from school as a result of school closures since March 16, 2020 to date. This was especially difficult for older Tribal Citizens and Tribal Citizens that live on or near the poverty rate, "Based on the data from the 2018 U.S Census cited by Poverty USA, Native Americans have the highest poverty rate among all minority groups. The national poverty rate for Native Americans was at 25.4%, while Black or African American poverty rate was 20.8%. Among Hispanics, the national poverty rate was 17.6%. The White population had an 8.1 % national poverty rate during the same period".
LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share another COVID-related grant opportunity
Aanii. The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share another COVID-related grant opportunity for our
Tribal Citizen owned businesses: the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Although the business does not
have to be Tribal Citizen owned to qualify, at least 30% of the available funds will be awarded to
minority-owned, women-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. There is $100 million available in
statewide funds that have been allocated amongst the various counties in Michigan, and applicants may apply
for up to $20,000 in grant funds. The application is open now and closes on August 5th, 2020 at 11:59pm. The
link to the application can be found here: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/, including
Please contact the LTBB Department of Commerce for more information or if you have any questions. Miigwech.
Governor Whitmer Takes Swift Action to Save Lives, Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in all
Indoor Public Spaces
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that
individuals ARE required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also
requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order
requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a
face covering, with limited exceptions. Governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and
Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses. The executive order takes effect at 12:01 am on
Monday, July 13. A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but
no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement. No individual is
subject to penalty under the order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of
religious worship, although consistent with guidance from the CDC, congregants are strongly encouraged to
wear face coverings during religious services. Governor Whitmer signed this executive order in response to
rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country. Read more at https://bit.ly/3iNeFw5 and find the
latest data, information, and #COVID19 news in Michigan at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. Read More...
Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, Directs School Districts to Develop Return to
Roadmap includes guidance on PPE, hygiene and cleaning protocols, athletics, and more.
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive
document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a
number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. The
governor also signed Executive Order 2020-142, which provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan
as they plan for a return of PreK-12 education in the fall. Read More
About The Guidelines... Download The Complete Return to School Roadmap in PDF...
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency
declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16. In doing so, Governor Whitmer joins nearly every
state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive
order will allow her to continue taking action to protect Michigan families and workers. Read more at https://bit.ly/3deBrZQ.
The Enrollment Office has a Drop Box available for Tribal Citizens!
LTBB Government Building
7500 Odawa Circle Building.
Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4:00 pm.
Effective: June 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020
The Drop Box has Address Change Forms for you to complete to update your address. Place the completed
address form in the envelope.
Enrollment Staff will be checking the box regularly.
Leave your Social Security Number blank.
We want to make sure you receive the COVID Relief check in a timely manner.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Enrollment at (231) 242-1521, 1522 or 1520. Forms available -
Address Verification Farms for Adults
Minor Child/Ward of the Court Address Verification Farms Legally Incompetent Adult Address Verification
Designee Address Verification Forms
*Tribal Notary services are not available at this time*
Complete the Address Change From. Place the form in the envelope.
The Enrollment Office will update your address and notify Accounting.
Guidelines and Application for CARES Act Funding
LTBB has received funding from the CARES Act, and amongst other distributions – DOC is administering a
portion of these funds to LTBB Citizen-owned businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
1. Business must be LTBB-Citizen owned (51% ownership or more)
2. Business must have been negatively impacted by COVID-19
3. Cannot be a marijuana-based business, as this is federal funding All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to DOC by June 19th, 2020. Grants to Businesses Guidelines CARES Act Application
The LTBB Health Department will be moving forward with the second payment for the Medicare Reimbursement
Program as scheduled in July. If you received reimbursement for your Part B premiums at the beginning of
this year, there is nothing else you need to do to receive your second installment. The second check will be
processed automatically. If you received reimbursement for Part D premiums, we will need proof of your Part
D premium expenses for January-June 2020. Rest assured, Valorie Glazier, our Patient Benefits Specialist,
will be reaching out to all citizens that submitted applications during the first round of reimbursement to
work with you to get the documentation we need.
For LTBB citizens that are currently paying for your Medicare Part B and Part D premiums and did not apply
for reimbursement earlier this year, it is not too late to be reimbursed for premiums paid January-June
2020!! The Medicare Reimbursement Program Application is located in the Health Clinic Forms Directory on the
LTBB website. We can also mail or fax you an application.
Please call Valorie Glazier at (231) 242-1748 to request an application. She is also available to answer any
questions you may have. Please be patient, we are working through calls as fast as we can.
*Important Update*, 06/05/2020
I am happy to inform all of our citizens that ALL of the stimulus checks are ready and have been dropped off
at the post office. Miigwetch for your patience while we have worked to get this much needed relief to our
Chi miigwetch to Carrie and Cheryl, as well as the rest of our accounting team. They worked long hours,
tirelessly, to ensure this money made it out to our citizens as quickly as possible. We could not have done
this without them.
As always, I am available for any questions or concerns you may have— never hesitate to reach out.
COVID Relief Checks Update, 06/03/2020
Due to an unexpected interruption in processing, the COVID Relief Checks may not be ready to be mailed until
Monday June 8 rather than Friday June 5 as originally planned.
I would like to give a Chi Miigwech to Cheryl Kishigo, LTBB Controller. She has been working
extra-long hours on this, including late into the evenings to get these distributed, as we recognize the
COVID-19 Act Emergency Disaster Relief Distribution
Aanii – We are getting several questions on the timeline of disbursement of these funds.The amount Tribal
Council approved to distribute is $1,500.00 per citizen, adults and children.
As long as there are no technical difficulties, we plan to send these payments out on or before June 5,
We will be using the most current address that we have on file for all tribal citizens.
Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI
Safe Start Plan
Today, 06/01/2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home
order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.
The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both
subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective
immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that
is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning
services, can resume operations.
DOC Will be Administering CARES Act Funds to Tribal Citizen-owned Businesses
LTBB has received funding from the CARES Act, and amongst other distributions – DOC will be administering a
portion of these funds to Tribal Citizen-owned businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19.
DOC is seeking contact information (including name, phone number, and email) and proof of ownership (such as
an SS-4, a Doing Business As filed with LTBB or any other government, or a copy of the last filed Business
Tax return) to be emailed to DOC@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov for all
businesses legally owned by LTBB citizens at 51% ownership or more who were negatively affected by
DOC is in need of this information by June 11th so we may send out the corresponding grant applications for
Free Coronavirus Testing this Weekend, 05/30/2020-05/31/2020, in Mackinaw City
To all Citizens and their families. I am forwarding this information to all of you as a public service
announcement, however I must add a precautionary statement to this information. The State of Michigan and
the National Guard in conjunction with our local health department are offering free drive up COVID-19
testing in Mackinac City this weekend, (See below). No appointment or Dr.’s order in necessary. I must
caution you no test is perfect thus regardless of the result it is a snapshot in time. If you receive a
negative result in does not mean you absolutely don’t have the virus; It can be falsely negative. If you
receive a positive result you must contact your health care provider and self-quarantine. Regardless, you
must continue your infection precautions including social distancing and wearing your face mask. Feel fee to
contact our health department for any further questions. Miigwetch and have a safe and fun weekend.
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
The Michigan National Guard will join forces with District Health Department No. 4 to offer free
coronavirus testing in Mackinaw City.
The free, drive-thru testing will be available 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and from 11:00
a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Mackinaw Recreation Center, 507 W. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
“Widespread testing is the most crucial tool we have in protecting Northern Michigan and lowering the
of a second wave,” District Health Department No. 4 Health Officer Denise Bryan said. “We are still in the
middle of this battle and we must continue to be vigilant. Testing is an important tool to stop the spread
and save lives.”
Residents do not have to show symptoms of the virus to be tested, nor do they need a doctor’s note. No
appointment is needed to receive testing.
Testing will be conducted by medically trained members of the National Guard. Those who are tested will
receive their test results from District Health Department No. 4.
Message from our Chairperson Regina Gasco Bentley. 05/28/2020
Yesterday, 05/22/2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to
extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020.
The governor’s order also protects Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by extending the temporary
closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. The governor also
signed Executive Order 2020-99 to extend the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19
pandemic, which was upheld by Judge Cynthia Stephens on May 21, 2020. Review state of Michigan COVID-19
Executive Orders, find the latest data, information, and #COVID19 news in Michigan at
Message from Dr. Samuels - 05/21/2020
LTBB Tribal Court Public Announcement May 20th
The LTBB Executive branch has extended the general government closure until May 31, 2020. Consistent with
the action taken by the Executive branch the Tribal Court will continue to operate under the protocols
adopted on March 16, 2020 until May 31, 2020. The Tribal Court will continue to update its response as
circumstances dictate, if you have any questions please contact the Court Administrator, 231-242-1461.
The Tribal Court has adopted guidance for individuals participating in court proceedings conducted via
Zoom. Zoom Guidelines for Hearing Participants provides information on how hearings are conducted and
recommendations for having an optimal experience with Zoom. Zoom Guidelines for Hearing Participants May 2020
Odawa Casino Reopening Update
First off, we would like to thank you for your patience as we work through this trying time. The Tribe and
Executive Team have been working diligently to ensure that the safety of our Guests and Team Members
continues to be a top priority.
That being said, it has been decided that we will be reopening our properties on the following dates:
Odawa Casino Mackinaw will be opening, Friday, May 22 at 10:00am
- No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter
- The Mukwa will be open daily
- Slot Machines will be open with limited seating.
Odawa Casino Petoskey will be opening on Friday, May 29 at 10:00am
- No one under the age of 19 will be permitted to enter
- There will be limited entrances to Odawa Casino Petoskey; guests will be able to utilize the Main Entrance
and the Underground Parking only at this time. The side lot and Valet will not be available
- The Copper Café will be open daily
- Slot Machines and Table Games will be open with limited seating
Odawa Hotel will begin taking reservation calls at 10:00am on June 1, for dates beginning on June
Things will look a bit different when our doors open, and we will be reopening in phases. The phased
reopening follows the guidance of public health professionals.
Here are just some of the actions we are taking to keep you and our team members safe. Please see our
website for a list of what actions are being taken at each Odawa Casino property to ensure safety:
- We are taking temperatures before anyone is permitted to enter any of the properties. Team members and
guests with a temperature above 100.0 without exception will not be permitted.
- In following CDC guidelines, Team Members and Guests are required to wear masks at any of the properties.
Guests are encouraged to bring and wear their personal masks. Guests wishing to enter the Casino that do not
have a mask may obtain one from Security or the Players Club at either Casino, or the front desk of the
Hotel while supplies last
- All properties will temporarily be non-smoking. Designated outdoor smoking areas will be marked.
- We are following social distancing practices everywhere. Watch for specific reminders throughout all
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92
Executive Order 2020-92 allows for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that
cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the
northern part of the state—specifically, MERC regions 6 and 8, as detailed in the governor’s MI Safe Start
Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy.
A rare but potentially serious syndrome MIS-C, (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) in COVID-19
positive children has been reported. Please see the following information provided by Dr. Statler. It is
unknown at the present time if this syndrome can affect adults as well. This syndrome has occurred in
COVID-19 positive patients. If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms please contact our
clinic regarding management or proceed to your local emergency room.
Miigwetch and stay safe.
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
CDC Guidance Documents
A full range of detailed procedures from cleaning your home to caring for young children.
With the Governor of Michigan extending the stay at home order until May 28, 2020, we too will be extending
our government closure.
We are extending our closure until May 31, 2020.
The safety of our employees and community continues to be our highest priority. Government operations will
continue as-is with most of the government services being administered via on-line, phone, and snail-mail.
Please check the website and follow us on facebook to get notifications of LTBB Government operations.
Please continue to stay home and stay safe the best you can. We understand that these are trying times for
We will do our best on our part to keep the community safe and continue to provide services to the
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s
Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28.
The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies,
to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan.
I would like to take the time to thank all of our nurses at the start of nurse’s week for all that you do
for us. You all are on the firing line each day and are much appreciated. Everyone please take the time to
personally thank our nurses especially during this difficult time! Heroes for certain!! Miigwetch.
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Joint Statement by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of the Interior
David L. Bernhardt on
Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars to Native American Tribes
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of the Interior David L.
Bernhardt today issued the following statement after agreeing on a path forward to provide Coronavirus
Relief Fund dollars to Native American Tribes:
“We are pleased to begin making $4.8 billion in critical funds available to Tribal governments in all
states,” said Secretary Mnuchin. “Our approach is based on the fair balancing of tribal needs.”
For any senior or diabetic Native Way user who would like to exercise at home during the COVID-19 closure,
we have therabands and body bars along with instruction sheets that may be borrowed.
I will be at Native Way tomorrow, Tuesday May 5th from 10 am until 1 pm and on Friday from 2 pm until 5 pm
if anyone is able to come pick the equipment up.
If you are able, please print the attachment, sign it, and
bring it with you when you pick up your stuff; otherwise I’ll have copies at Native Way.
If you’re not sure
if you’re eligible, call me at 231 268-8791 or 231 373-4003 for more details.
Lastly, please share this
information with anyone you think might be interested. Miigwech!
Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signed Executive Order 2020-70
Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life - Rescission
of Executive Order 2020-59
Work is permitted to resume on May 7, 2020, and includes construction, real-estate activities, and work
that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors. This work, like the resumed activities allowed under
Executive Order 2020-59, will be subject to stringent precautionary measures.
The Little Traverse Bay Bands Of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Natural Resource Commission has approved a COMMERCIAL
FISHERMEN COVID 19 RELEIF PROGRAM for LTBB Commercial Fishermen. Active LTBB Commercial Fisher
Helpers who have participated in 20 of more lifts in the 2019 season and or obtained their 2020 license
before March 9 2020 may be eligible for a one-time only payment of up to $750 for Captains or $250 for
Interested LTBB Commercial fishermen will need to complete an application to apply. COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN
COVID 19 RELEIF PROGRAM Applications and a copy of the Program Policy can be obtained on the LTBB
Website, from the NRD drop box in the front of the NRD bldg. or by contacting the NRD main phone line (231)
242-1670 and requesting it be sent to you.
LTBB Extending Government Closure
With the Governor of Michigan extending the stay at home order until May 15, 2020, we
too will be extending
our government closure.
We are extending our closure until May 18, 2020. The safety of our employees and
community is our highest priority. Government operations will continue as-is with most of the government
services being administered via on-line, phone, and snail-mail.
Please check back here and follow us on facebook to get notifications of LTBB Government operations.
Please stay home and stay safe the best you
We understand that these are trying times for everyone.
We will do our best and our part to keep the
community safe and continue to provide services to the community.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed three new executive orders Thursday to continue
fighting COVID-19 and save lives.
Today's orders include:
-- Executive Order 2020-66, which terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster
declarations issued under the Emergency Management Act in Executive Order 2020-33.
-- Executive Order 2020-67, which clarifies that a state of emergency remains in effect
under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. The order is effective immediately and continues
through May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The governor will evaluate the continuing need for this order prior to its
expiration, and if she determines that an emergency no longer exists, will terminate or extend the state of
emergency declared in this order.
-- Executive Order 2020-68, which declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster
across the State of Michigan under the Emergency Management Act of 1976. The state of emergency and state of
disaster declared by this order will be effective through May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm, and the governor will
evaluate the continuing need for the order prior to its expiration, terminate the states of emergency and
disaster if the threat or danger has passed.
Tribal Court Administrative Order
COVID-19 Response: Phased Re-Opening for May 2020
Tribal Court takes its’ role in helping to protect community health and safety very seriously. In order to
help slow the spread of COVID-19 the Tribal Court will be adopting the following measures and protocols to
plan for a phased re-opening of the LTBB Tribal Court during May 2020:
Governor Whitmer Imposes Safety Measures to Protect Consumers During the COVID-19
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-60 to establish strategies to
reduce exposure to COVID-19 for both customers and employees. The order also provides temporary relief by
suspending certain licensing requirements and regulations for food service industries.
Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear
Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces
Governor’s Executive Order Lifts Restrictions on Activities like Lawn Care, Golfing, Boating.
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home,
Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they
enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some
workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.
With the current state of affairs, the only responsible thing LTBB and the Pow Wow Committee can do is to
cancel the Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow for this year. We do not anticipate things going back to normal for
quite some time and we need to put everyone's safety first.
Pow Wow Committee Chair
03/31/2020 - 04/22/2020
Self Care During COV-19 is Important!
Are you an essential worker and an LTBB citizen?
We are looking for essential workers that are LTBB citizens can you assist by telling your families and
friends to text, call, or email Angie Roberts their information?
Angie Roberts at 231-373-6294
or email Angie at email@example.com.
Aanii Tribal Community,
The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services released a statement that the Federal stimulus
payments WILL NOT AFFECT public assistance benefits from the State of Michigan. Also, at this time it
is the Tribe’s policy that the Federal stimulus payments DO NOT AFFECT eligibility for our LTBB
programs either. Please click on the link below for more information regarding the State of Michigan
MDHHS statement. Miigwetch
LANSING (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening
their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on
the West Coast.
The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.
“We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening
our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19,” the governors said.
“Our No. 1 priority when analyzing when (is) best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of
The Midwestern alliance joins pacts on the West Coast and in the Northeast that were announced this week.
All together, the 17 states covered by the partnerships are home to nearly half of the country’s
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, whose early and aggressive response to the virus has received wide bipartisan
praise, was named in the joint news release. But his spokesman said that as of Thursday, DeWine had not
joined any formal compacts or agreements. DeWine said during a daily news briefing that he has been in
constant conversation with the governors of all Ohio’s bordering states.
“I can’t speak for what the other governors are going to do, and I won’t, but we are all
in a lot of contact and I think it’s good for the people of our respective states that we’re
sharing ideas,” he said.
“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region,”
said the governors, who include five Democrats — Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, Wisconsin’s Tony
Evers, Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker, Minnesota’s Tim Walz, Kentucky’s Andy Beshear — and two
Republicans, DeWine and Eric Holcomb of Indiana. They stressed it does not mean every state will take the
same steps at the same time.
“Close coordination will ensure we get this right,” said Evers, who on Thursday extended
Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order until May 26.
During this time of remote learning, many schools are using the Google Classroom platform. If you
are new to Google Classroom, please follow the link below for support and guidance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfgqtCi7hdo
Please share with family and friends.
Good Afternoon LTBB Community,
This is LTBB Medical Director-Dr. Terry Samuels. I would like to notify the community
that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community.
The LTBB Health Department and the local Health Department are collaborating in our COVID-19
response. Together, they are tasked with investigating and notifying any potential contacts
of COVID- positive patients. As a result, any potential contacts have been
notified. Fortunately, our task has been made much easier by adherence to
self-quarantine and stay at home orders.
Please Stay home and stay safe.
Other precautionary measures include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
Avoid contact with sick people who are sick; and
Stay home when you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
TrueStream Free Wi-Fi Access
Behavioral Health has opened a live Talk Line today for those needing to speak confidentially
with a counselor.
The Talk Line is in place to help LTBB community members manage the stresses related to
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-47, temporarily extending the
valid driver’s licenses, state identification cards and commercial vehicle registrations that
would otherwise expire during the state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. Read more at
https://bit.ly/2XwsDdH and find the latest
data, information and #COVID19 news in Michigan at
TrueStream Free Wi-Fi Access
TrueStream, powered by Great Lakes Energy, is offering FREE Wi-Fi access in several locations
in Emmet and Charlevoix counties to help enable online learning for students, while
maintaining social distancing from the comfort of your vehicle.
TrueStream has worked to establish the Wi-Fi zones and has three currently active, with four
more expected to be live by the end of this week and next. Details about the sites and how
to log-in are included in the accompanying flyers!
Please note when logging in that these spots do not provide secure Wi-Fi connection and are
not password-activated; use caution in sharing any sensitive information while using these
free connection sites.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR INDIAN ARTISTS
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) Commissioners and staff are deeply aware of the
challenges facing Indian artists in the current economic climate, and we will post information
about relevant assistance on this webpage as soon as it becomes available. Please see helpful links here...
“Stay Home, Stay Safe” Extended Through The End OF April
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay
Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order
2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain
or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on
stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives. Read more at
and find #Michigan data, info
& #COVID19 news at http://Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. A new section of the order imposes restrictions on
stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the
store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor
space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including
employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with
markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while
waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting,
flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.
Procedure for Disbursement of Fabric Masks
The use of fabric masks for all persons who are out in the public is strongly recommended for
the next months at least. COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets, such as when you
cough or sneeze, and even through your breath. The virus can be sprayed as far away as 6 to even
12 feet, the reason for social distancing. These masks are intended to reduce the spread of
virus by blocking most secretions.
There will be two locations where tribal members can go to pick up fabric masks:
The masks available at the pharmacy are special masks that are being reserved for the
most vulnerable of our tribal members. That is, anyone with a diagnosis of diabetes,
hypertension, renal failure/dialysis, and any immune deficiency like rheumatoid
arthritis. Anyone currently undergoing treatment for cancer may also be eligible, please
contact Community Health at 231 268-8791 for details.
The masks available at Biindigen are designed like a surgical mask and should be worn by
anyone who is venturing out of the home.
Each person who asks will receive 1 zipper baggie with two masks. PLEASE, no more than
that-keep in mind that these are being sewn by Community Health staff members; this is not a
factory product! We will continue to make masks and drop them off as we get them done. If
anyone is interested in making their own, there are many patterns and tutorials available
online such as through Pinterest.
Please, we ask that you protect yourselves and others by limiting your travels outside the
home. Do not make a special trip just to acquire a mask, just ask when you go in to get
prescriptions or buy gas.
All masks should be washed daily when in use: soak in very hot/boiling water for at least 10
minutes and hang to air dry.
At this time, since we have no control over what happens when the masks leave the building
we have no plans to mail any masks and risk infecting the recipients.
Odawa Casinos Update:
Valued Guests and Community Members,
We are continuing to monitor the recommendations of local health officials, the CDC and Indian
Health Services as it relates to COVID-19 and we have decided to extend the closure of both our
Petoskey and Mackinaw City Casino properties as well as the Hotel until further notice.
You can find additional information on our website www.odawacasino.com.
We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available, and as always, we
appreciate your continued loyalty.
Thank you all and be safe.
New Behavioral Health Support Groups. The purpose
of these groups is to address community needs during the Covid-19 crisis. The groups will meet
two twice a week using Zoom video-conferencing and will offer a forum for LTBB community members
to come together seeking connection, support and to share resources. All are encouraged to
attend and participate! Support groups will be lead by Matt Davis (BH Cultural Advisor) and Sara
Hacker (BH Case Manager).
Please call us for more information 231-242-1640. View Flier
UIA Extends Call Center Hours, Adds Staff to Better Serve Customers.
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is adding staff and hours to better serve an
unprecedented increase in customers filing unemployment claims as a result of COVID-19. The UIA
has extended call center hours by an hour every day 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and it remains
open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. Customers in the call center and online chat queues
before closing time will have their calls or chats resolved that day. Continue
Dr. Samuels with more great advice.
Natural Resources Department offices will remain closed to
the public until May 1st. However, any Tribal
citizens needing a license or permits (ex. Walleye) can still obtain them. They will need to
call the NRD in advance at 231 242-1670. License and permits will then be emailed, faxed or
snail mailed to the Tribal citizen. Tribal citizens needing a license or permit that same day or
that are local may come to the office however they will not be admitted to the building. Their
license/ permit will be placed into a mail box at the front door of the NRD. Miigwech and be
Friday, April 10, 2020 is Good Friday. This is a holiday for government operations and we
will be closed.
Health Department will close besides the Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy will be open from
8am to 5pm.
WARNING: PHONE SCAMMERS POSING AS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS
We have been notified scammers posing as Health Department officials have been calling people
attempting to sell COVID-19 test kits or asking for personal information for Medicare/Medicaid.
These calls appear to be coming from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. We will NOT be
calling people to sell COVID-19 tests or treatments. We also will never call you asking for
account information, social security numbers or passwords.
Anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately.
DO NOT give out any personal information!
If you want to verify if the call is coming from the health department, hang up and
call us directly at 1-800-432-4121.
LTBB Health Department - Behavioral Health
Help to Deal with the Stress of Covid-19
We are all experiencing the Covid-19 crisis. Facing the uncertainty of the future, we feel the
pins and needles of angst and anxiety. Who else ran to the store when they heard that there was
a shortage of toilet paper? We are stocking up on food, using sanitizer and wearing masks to
protect ourselves from an unseen foe. Continue
Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility And Home
Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and
Considerations for Employers and in Your Home. Continue
K-12 Schools To Remain Closed For The Remainder Of The
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the
school year, unless restrictions are lifted. See
her full order here...
Tribal Court Public Announcement
The LTBB Executive branch has extended the general government closure until April 30, 2020.
Consistent with the action taken by the Executive Branch the Tribal Court will continue to
operate under the protocols
March 16, 2020 until May 1, 2020. The Tribal Court will
continue to update its response as circumstances dictate, if you have any questions please
contact the Court Administrator.
Tribal Governmental Offices Closed To The Public Through April 30th
Dear Citizens of the LTBB Community,
LTBB like other tribal nations across the country, is actively engaged in efforts to prepare
for and lessen the impacts from Covid-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. I am writing
to ask your assistance as we proceed. Our response to this challenge will be successful if
we support one another and work together to protect our community during this pandemic.
We are fortunate to have an excellent staff of professionals responding to the problems posed
by Covid-19. Their job is not easy. Our team is working tirelessly to support the health and
safety of our community in response to rapidly evolving circumstances and sometimes with
incomplete information. We are fortunate to have such outstanding and dedicated people
working on our behalf.
Despite their hard work, and commitment to our community, we face significant disruptions in
the days and weeks ahead. Public health situations like Covid-19 are, are unpredictable and
constantly changing. We will continue to work with our tribal, local, state, and federal
partners to prepare for and deal with new challenges as they arise.
Given the risks posed by the virus and how little is known about it, we are making some
difficult choices as situations arise. Our top priority must be to support the health and
well-being of our community. We will keep the Tribal Governmental Offices closed to the
public through April 30th. However our services are still being provided, you may contact
departments directly or contact the mail phone line at 231-242-1400. Though we will try our
best to minimize burdens, I do not expect that we can eliminate them.
After a full review and finding a solution to safely get food delivered. The Elders
Department is going to resume elders luncheons as a drop off service only. We
have worked with our funding agency and will begin the drop off meals service to elders 70
and older. We will continue to expand meal delivery as needed based on funding guidelines
and CDC recommendations. I want to express my appreciation to those who have accommodated
these changes or helped to support the people affected by them. We all need to be ready to
adapt our behavior and make some sacrifices in the coming weeks.
To ease some of the financial impact our Housing Department will not be
collecting rent for the month of April. We hope this will help our families and our elders
for reassurance, they will be safe and secure in their homes thru this pandemic.
It will take the cooperation of our entire community to help ease the impact of COVID-19. I
encourage everyone to employ best practices that can help decrease the spread of Covid-19,
including washing your hands often and thoroughly. Here are ways you can help:
• Take care of yourself. The best thing you can do for you your friends and your community
is to take care of yourself if you aren’t feeling well. STAY HOME, Get some rest, get
any medical attention you need, and get yourself healthy.
• Stay informed. We will continue to update the LTBB Facebook page and here,
with the latest information and guidance. If you have questions, call 231-242-1400
I’d like to take a moment and thank all of you for your continued patience as we
continue to address this evolving situation. I also want to reiterate my thanks to the team
that is working to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Working together, I am
confident that we will be able to pilot whatever lies ahead and support one another through
this difficult and uncertain time. Miigwetch for your support
Regina Gasco- Bentley - Tribal Chairperson.
03/24/2020 - 03/30/2020
Great PSA by our Medical Director. Miigwetch Dr. Samuels for your wise words and doing
your best to keep our community healthy.
LTBB Gov't Shut Down Extended to April 13th
We are extending the government shut down to April 13, 2020. Services will continue to
be provided via phone, on-line, and snail-mail. We want people staying home and social
distancing themselves as much as possible.
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation here in Michigan, and based upon the Governors
'Stay at Home' order, Odawa Casino is extending the closing of both Casino properties as well as
the Hotel through April 13.
We will continue to provide you with updates as they are determined, and as always, we
appreciate your continued loyalty.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Cultural Library will be closed until further notice.
We will keep you posted of
In the meantime, the digital library is always open.
LTBB Biindigen Gas Station
Effective Wednesday March 25, 2020
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In support of the Tribal Government's
decision to practice social distancing. OHS Biaagek will be closed to the public until April
Completed applications, required documentation and child-care timesheets can be faxed to
or emailed to DHSapplications@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
We also have a cell phone number that you can text pictures to if you are unable to utilize fax
or email: 231-838-4061
As a further reminder. all OHS applications are available on the LTBB website, under the
forms directory - Human Services.
We are always available by phone at 231-242-1620. Miigwgi;b for your understanding during these
times of uncertainty.
LTBB Health Department Protocols: Week of 3/23/20 – 3/27/20
Under Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order,
Healthcare is an essential function and we are continuing operations.
To limit exposure as much as possible, the Health Department has many staff working from
home. However, the Clinic is open for urgent care visits as determined by the staff, and
Dental is open for emergency visits. Please call ahead and discuss your situation before
coming to the building.
Front Doors are staffed with a medical employee who will be wearing personal protective
equipment (PPE). That employee will be screening people entering the building with some
questions and taking a temperature. No one will be allowed into the building that does not
have an appointment or scheduled business.
Pharmacy is open. Prescriptions will be delivered via the entry
Clinic: The Clinic will call all clients with scheduled appointments
to determine if their appointment is necessary or if they can consult by phone, or if
they need to be seen. The Clinic will continue to see urgent care patients.
Purchased/Referred Care: PRC business is conducted by phone. Call
231-242-1600 for PRC needs.
Dental: Regular appointments will be postponed. Dental is open to
service dental emergencies. Call 231-242-1740.
Behavioral Health: We know this is a stressful time for all and
counselors are available to talk to you. Staff are contacting clients to switch to
phone counseling and will be doing telehealth as soon as it is available. Call
231-424-1640 for services.
Community Health: Essential transports will continue. Staff will call
clients to assess their need, and clients can also call at 242-1601. Non-essential home
visits will be postponed or completed over the phone.
Elders Meals: Elders Lunches are cancelled until further notice. To reduce the transmission of COVID 19 we will not be offering Elders meal
or pick up at this time.
From Governor Gretchen Whitmer:
Today, I am issuing a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. It goes into effect tonight at
The goal here is simple: Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. If we all stay at home, except
for critical work and needs, we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Let me be clear: Your grocery stores will still be open. Your pharmacies will remain open.
Your banks and credit unions will still be functioning. You can fill your car with gas.
The full list of critical services that will remain open is available at
I know this is difficult. I know that this is disruptive. But doing this will save lives.
When we look back at this, we must be able to say we did everything we could. We will get
through this together.
Read more: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90487-522625--,00.html You can read/download
the full Michigan Executive Order
Community Health: For the week of March 23rd through the 27th, we will be
the following services: Read More Here...
Youth Services Waaniigaanzijik (YSW) after-school program is cancelled to
governmental orders. YSW staff will be working remotely to ensure that we do our part in the
epidemic curve. Families may contact YSW by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us
We encourage families to join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1130536520393321/
We will be sharing important information, community resources, and fun
youth & caregivers on our Facebook page.
**Parents/caretakers: please be sure your phone number is up to date as we are sending text
Governmental updates and community resources. Please email or text new phone numbers/address
Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department (GALD) Community Update: Due
situation, GALD staff are working offsite. We continue to send out daily emails with the
Bibezhik Kidwin (one word at a time), that include the audio so learners can hear how to
sound out the
or phrase. Read More
DHS has been able to provide the same services without much, if any, delays. Staff have been
most requests remotely while still following the Tribal Government’s decision to close
our doors to
the public in the interest of social distancing. The Community Services Block Grant is now open for income eligible
application and income guidelines are located in the forms
directory. The Food Distribution warehouse is still processing orders for current
clients and can be
reached at 231-347-2573. New applications are always welcome.
Complete assistance applications, required documentation and daycare timesheets can be sent
or faxed to
Planning Department will be working remotely for the next two weeks but our
will continue to operate business as usual. We have just gotten a new construction
permitting software and
now have the ability to issue permits electronically or by mail. Attached you will find an
you need a permit for small alterations or basic repairs you can submit the permit by email
and we can
quickly process your permit. If you have a project that requires code review please contact
us by email or
phone for instructions on how to proceed (i.e. where to send your plans to etc.). As of
right now our
inspection process will continue as usual and we will communicate any changes or
interruptions if they
If you need to meet with someone from our department we are available by phone or email
or Amanda 231-242-1591. If you need an in person meeting we can try to work something out
technology such as facetime.
Miigwetch for your patience and cooperation during this trying time.
During this time of office closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Enrollment
Office will not
issuing Tribal Identification Cards. We will be issuing Enrollment statements for our
to access Biindigen/Odawa Hotel discounts. Please call Marin Taylor,
Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this service or you may email her at email@example.com . Marin has
of emailing you the statement.
Ps: Pauline Boulton, Enrollment Officer cell- (231) 838-0192 – I will be checking my
Due to the recent developments of the Coronovirus COVID-19, the Little Traverse Bay Bands
Department has decided to cancel Traditional Healer's, Jake Pine, visit scheduled for the
month of April.
apologize for any inconvenience.
People with diabetes who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and complications.
They should be especially diligent to reduce risk of exposure, including hand
social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.
Managing diabetes can be more challenging during this time.
Blood sugars: activity restriction, changes in eating patterns, and
illness can all
affect blood sugars. Patients should monitor more closely and call their
health care team if
are having problems.
Medications: patients should ensure they have sufficient
medications and call their
health care team if they need refills.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, avoid going to the clinic unless
who develop mild symptoms should monitor their blood sugars, stay well hydrated, and
call their health
care team with concerns.
For severe symptoms, seek medical care right away.
Executive Emergency Order - In coordination and consultation with Tribal
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
The focus from the leadership of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is
the health and safety of our citizens and staff as we face the spread of COVID-19
Effective March 16, 2020, at 3 pm LTBB will enact a closure of LTBB
to the public. We are ensuring that department phones are answered, and will continue to
as best we can electronically.
All leading entry doors of our government buildings will have posted phone
We are taking this action as responsible leaders within our community. We will continue to
orders, directives, instructions, and recommendations made by government agencies and will
advise once we
All community events are cancelled until April 30th, 2020.
All Commission, Boards, and Committee meetings are cancelled until April 30th
Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by following us on social
and check in regularly
Please be well and follow all CDC best practices for protecting health during this pandemic.
LTBB Health Department Protocols: Week of 3/16/20 – 3/20/20
Front Doors are staffed with a medical employee who will be wearing personal protective
That employee will be screening people entering the building with some questions and taking
No one will be allowed into the building that does not have an appointment or scheduled
Pharmacy is open. Prescriptions will be delivered via the entry vestibule
with the same
process as after hours, using the camera and microphone to communicate with the pharmacy
Clinic: The Clinic will call all clients with scheduled appointments to
their appointment is necessary or if they can consult by phone, or if they need to be seen.
will continue to see urgent care patients.
Purchased/Referred Care: PRC business is to be conducted over the phone as
possible. Reference numbers will be given as usual, but over the phone.
Dental: Regular appointments will be postponed. Dental is open to service
Behavioral Health: Clinicians will be contacting clients to determine
Community Health: Essential transports will continue. Staff will call
clients to assess
their need, and clients can also call at 242-1601. Non-essential home visits will be
completed over the phone.
Native Way Gym is closed.
Tribal Court Public Announcement - We at Tribal Court take our role in
protect community health and safety very seriously. In order to help slow the spread of
Tribal Court will be adopting the following measures and protocols until further notice: Read Full
Law Enforcement will conduct business as usual to include dispatch. In the
dispatch does not answer the phone please call 911 and they can dispatch Tribal Police.
Natural Resources - The NRD Office will be closed to the public until March
However, any Tribal citizens needing a license or permits (ex. Walleye) can still obtain
them. They will
need to call the NRD in advance at 231 242-1670. License and permits will then be emailed,
faxed or snail
mailed to the tribal citizen. Tribal citizens needing a license or permit that same day or
that are local
may come to the office however they will not be admitted to the bldg. Their license/ permit
will be placed
into a mail box at the front door of the NRD.
The Enrollment Office will not be issuing Tribal Identification Cards.
We will be issuing Enrollment statements for our Tribal Citizens to access Biindigen/Odawa
Please call Marin Taylor, Genealogist/Administrative Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this
service or you
may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marin has the capabilities of emailing you the statement.
Elders Department Services.
The Elders Department will offer Curbside Lunches Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between
12:00 to 12:30
pm to Elders at the Governmental Complex. Direct Client Services, Emergency Fuel and
Utility, and Respite
needs will also be provided when applications are approved. We are trying to keep services
your patience is appreciated during this time.
Elder Shuttles will deliver meals to those on the pickup list and will reach out to those
Elders in the
morning for lunch deliveries.
Tribal Council - Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) Pandemic the
Tribal Council meetings/work sessions are cancelled:
March 24,26 and April 7,9.
Food Distribution Center is closed to the public. Current clients please
231-347-2573 to place your order with Staff or if you have questions! We will take your
order over the
phone and pack it for you. You will have the option to back up to the door and open your
trunk and we will
load for you or we will leave your order on a cart for you to load yourself.
For new clients all certification requirements are still in effect. We have placed
Applications in the
pouch below. Please email them to email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org to have your application
processed. You may
also fax them 231-347-3241.
There are no one time exemptions for food distribution at this time.
How to Help Keep Your Immune System Healthy What can you do? Take it a bite at a time. Good nutrition is essential
to a strong
immune system, which may offer protection from seasonal illness and other health problems.
No one food or
supplement can prevent illness but you may help support your immune system by including
these nutrients in
your overall eating plan on a regular basis. Continue