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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.

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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.

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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: https://forms.gle/ZTZWaUtp8HhwNCw9A 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.

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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.

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We're happy to announce that Traditional Healer services are resuming at the Health Department in April!

We are bringing two Healers to our community: Mary Pine and Joseph Syrette.

The Healers will see Tribal Community members by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (231) 242-1640.

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Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the re-opening of our community support groups! 
We will be hosting our Wellbriety AA meeting on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM and a community Talking Circle on Thursdays at 5:00 PM.  The groups will commence on April 4 & April 7 respectively and will be held weekly (as long as we remain in Phase 5 and beyond). 

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Due to the decrease in cases within our region, local area, government operations, and community, we are making some more changes and moving from Phase 3.5 to Phase 5 effective Sunday, March 13, 2022. Attached please find a copy of Phase 5. When we switch phases there are some significant changes to our safety protocols.

You will see that in the Phase 5 document that health screenings for employee and guests for access to the buildings is no more. This is the one safety provision in the Phase 5 document that takes effect before the March 13, 2022 start date.

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Now is the time of Naabdin Giizis - Snow Crust Moon.   The materials we are sharing this month are adapted from those provided by the White Earth Indian Community in the 13 Moons Curriculum.  The Food Topic is Ziinzibaakwad, Maple Sugar is Our Relative and the Food is Medicine teaching is about Zhiiwaagamizigan, or Maple Syrup. 

I always admire good cooks and people who figure out how to do something that comes out so tasty and delicious.  Please read the article shared with me by Joe VanAlstine at Ninaatigwaaboo (Maple Tree Water): An Anishinaabe History of Maple Sugaring (utoronto.ca) to discover who showed the Anishinaabe how to cook the ziisabaakadaaboo (maple sap) down to make zhiiwaagamizigan and ziinzibaakwad. 

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The month of March is National Reading Month! Do what you can in the world of reading, whether it is donating books to a local library or encouraging your own children or grandchildren to pick up a book and read. A child’s ability to read has a direct effect on their future success. Reading with a child helps to increase their vocabulary and improves their reading fluency and comprehension. Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great communities.

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