LTBB COVID-19 Announcements

LTBB COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line

 

(231) 242-1780

covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

 

Contact us to sign up to get the vaccine as it becomes available and to get your questions answered.
The information line is staffed during LTBB Government hours.
01/01/2021 - CURRENT

03/04/2021
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccines to help build protection for Northern Michigan from the COVID-19 virus.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccines to help build protection for Northern Michigan from the COVID-19 virus. The Tribe’s top priority will remain vaccinating Native Americans and descendants.  However, the Tribe is now able to make extra vaccines available to an important group of people in the area: service industry employees.  “Since the beginning of the pandemic, employees working in the service industry have been on the front lines, continuing to provide important services to the public, putting themselves at risk,” said Tribe Chairwoman Regina Gasco-Bentley.  “We are pleased to be able to offer vaccines to this sector of employees who are so critical to the economy of our area.”

Vaccines are being offered to employees who work for these types of employers in Emmet, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan counties:

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants/food and beverage outlets
  • Gas stations
  • Retail stores
  • Salons
  • Hotels
  • Entertainment outlets (movie theatre, bowling alley, etc.)

”The Health Department of NW Michigan welcomes the efforts of the LTBB of Odawa Indians to acquire and administer Covid-19 vaccine to tribal and non-tribal citizens of our region”, stated Dr. Joshua Meyerson, Medical Director for the Health Department. “As their vaccine allocation is separate from what we receive through the State of Michigan, these additional doses will help all of us reach the goal of achieving widespread immunity in Northern Michigan.”

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only at the LTBB Vaccine Clinic at Courtyard by Marriott in Petoskey. People who work in these businesses can get on the LTBB vaccine list by clicking the link below or scanning the QR code and completing the form. By submitting this form, your name will be added to the list of people who want the vaccine, and LTBB Health Department staff will contact you to schedule your appointment as vaccines become available.

It is important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint! Please be patient and understand we will work through the vaccine list as quickly as possible as vaccines become available.

When arriving at the vaccine clinic, people with vaccine appointments will be required to show a paycheck stub as proof of employment in the service industry in the three-county area before receiving the vaccine. 

By providing these vaccines, LTBB is helping to build the firewall around our area, keeping COVID-19 out. Employers, please share this vaccine registration link and QR code with your employees to give them the opportunity to get a vaccine.

Email any questions to:  covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.  Do not use this email to sign up for the vaccine list.  Miigwetch (Thank You)!

 

LTBB Vaccine Sign Up Link


03/03/2021
LTBB COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

As of today, LTBB has vaccinated 909 people with at least their primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!

 

As a result of the approval of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, LTBB expects to receive a large increase in the amount of vaccines to administer. Our philosophy is that the more people that are vaccinated, the better protected our Tribal Community will be!
Most importantly, throughout our vaccine process, Native Americans, descendants, and our Tribal Community will always be prioritized for vaccines.

 

As we move forward, as increased number of vaccines continue to arrive at LTBB, here is our vaccine outreach plan:

 

  1. LTBB Vaccine Clinic in Petoskey will continue to schedule from our current list of Tribal Community members who want the vaccine. Currently, there are around 200 people on that list. As Tribal Community members call the COVID-10 Vaccine Information Line or email covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov, they will be added to the list and prioritized over other people wanting the vaccine. This email and phone line are monitored daily, and names are added to the scheduling list.
  2. A Vaccine Clinic will be scheduled in Lansing, MI, to vaccinate LTBB Tribal Citizens, other Native Americans, descendants, and household members of these people, if we find there is enough interest from our downstate community. The date for this clinic has not been set and plans are just beginning for this.
  3. In northern MI, the vaccine will be offered to service industry employees, as this group of people has been putting themselves at risk throughout the pandemic, and they are not currently able to get the vaccine through other channels. As our LTBB enterprises are part of the service industry, we understand the importance of protecting those employees. Our Tribal Community members interact with service industry employees regularly, for example, buying groceries or getting gas. Vaccinating this sector will not only benefit those people but will also offer further protection for our Tribal Community.

 

To get on the LTBB Vaccine List, please email covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov, or call the CVIL at 231-242-1780.

 


 

02/24/2021

Phase II of the COVID-19 Reopening Plan for the LTBB Government is being extended to Saturday, March 27, 2021.

 


 

02/17/2021

LTBB is beginning to vaccinate Priority 10, which is all LTBB Citizens, all Native Americans, all Tribal & Tribal employee household members, and all Tribal Community members, including Natives and non-Natives.

To get on the vaccine scheduling list, please email covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov or call our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at (231) 242-1780.  (Please do NOT call the LTBB Clinic to get on the vaccine scheduling list, as you will be referred to this number.)

We need this information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Native / Non-Native
  • E-mail address (optional, but very helpful)

 

You will be added to the Priority 10 list, and you will be contacted to schedule your vaccine appointment as vaccine supplies allow.  Please be patient; we are scheduling vaccine clinics each week depending on the number of vaccines we receive.  Once we have the vaccines, we will call to schedule appointments from the priority lists.

 


 

02/05/2021

The Health Department Staff, along with our Emergency Management Team, recognize and honor that vaccinating our Tribal Community is the highest priority we have right now. We will do what it takes to get this done for our community!

Next week, we have 200 primary doses arriving and will be administering the vaccines by the end of the week, in addition to providing booster vaccines as scheduled. This is double the number of vaccines than we have been getting!

We will be finishing Priority 5, including the Odawa Casino Resort frontline employees. We will start scheduling from Priority 6: Elders with no high-risk conditions. That means that all LTBB Elders are eligible for the vaccine. A flyer is attached with guidance for how the Elders can get on our list to call if they want to get the vaccine. That list already has many Elders on it who have let us know they want the vaccine, and we are using this list to schedule appointments starting on Monday. We also continue to schedule from Priorities 1-5 if we are contacted by someone in those categories also.

I want to recognize the LTBB Health Department staff who have taken on the momentous task of organizing our COVID-10 Vaccine efforts, from responding to COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line calls, to producing lists and contacting our community members to determine interest in the vaccine, pre-registering and screening community members, scheduling appointments, reminder calls, and then running the clinics successfully. In order for the vaccine clinics to run successfully, we have to schedule and train screeners, check-in staff, vaccinators, and monitors. Our electronic health record system has to be modified and updated regularly to report the vaccine information properly. Staff are filling these roles in addition to their normal duties, and they are doing a great job! I appreciate each and every one of you and your efforts to protect our Tribal Community.
Chi Miigwetch!

 

 

01/20/2021
LTBB Government Phase II reopening is now extended to February 27, 2021.
Government buildings have been shut down since March 16, 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. On May 18, 2020, we implemented Phase I of the government’s phased reopening plan. Phase I ended on June 27, 2020. Phase II originally was scheduled from June 28th to July 25th but due to an increase in cases near our government operations we’ve had to extend several times including this current extension to Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Updated Phase II Reopening Plan

 


 

01/19/2021

From LTBB Health Director, Jody Werner

Aanii Tribal Citizens,

If you are an Elder aged 75 or older, or if you are an Elder aged 55 and older with high risk health conditions, you are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine from the LTBB Health Department.  If you live within the 27 County Service Area, we have tried to contact you from a list provided from Enrollment.  However, we were unable to reach many Elders on this list due to phone numbers that were disconnected, voicemails that were full, or we left messages and no one called back.  If you fit in one of these descriptions and want the vaccine, please contact the LTBB Clinic to schedule an appointment.  Call (231) 242-1700.  You can get the vaccine if you live out of the service area, but you would have to travel to Petoskey to get the vaccine. Miigwetch!

 

 


 

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

10/20/2020 - 12/31/2020

12/23/2020Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

 


 

12/16/2020

COVID-19 Vaccine arrives at LTBB

The initial round of COVID-19 Vaccines has been received by LTBB and the administration of the vaccines started today!

 

The availability of the vaccine signals the beginning of the end of this pandemic we have endured through 2020. While this won’t be a quick fix, it is a relief to be working towards a solution rather than just reacting and trying to prevent the virus from infecting our community.

 

Tom Sandison, Chief Pharmacist, and Jody Werner, Health Director, drove to Sault Ste. Marie last night, escorted by Tribal Police Sergeant Mike Givens and Officer Ryan Roberts.

 

The vaccines were delivered by Indian Health Services (IHS) staff via Coast Guard helicopter. These vaccines are from Pfizer, and are being administered to Health Department staff, who have been identified as the first priority for vaccines across the country. Our Medical Director, Dr. Terry Samuels, was the first recipient of the vaccine! All 35 doses will be completed by this Friday, December 16th. The booster vaccine for these employees will arrive the first week of January and be given to the same 35 employees.

 

The COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out in a phased approach, based on the availability from the manufacturers. The LTBB COVID-19 Vaccination plan was released earlier and shows the order of groups that will be offered the vaccine over the coming months as they become available.

 

We have not been told when our second round of vaccines will arrive, but as they do, we will keep the community informed. We are also doing outreach to community members to ask if you are interested in getting the vaccine. If you want to get the vaccine, we will ask a few questions and place you on the list in your priority group and then contact you again when we receive the vaccine and can schedule you an appointment to be vaccinated.

 

Additionally, we have set up an LTBB COVID-19 Information Line, where community members can call to ask questions about the vaccine and can also let us know you are interested in getting the vaccine and you will be placed on our list of people who want the vaccines. That information line is (231) 242-1780 and will be answered during LTBB Government hours. Anyone leaving a message will receive a follow up call.

 

Many COVID-19 Vaccine information resources are available on the CDC website and we encourage you to visit this site and learn more.
Attached are pictures of the vaccination pick up and our first vaccinations completed today.

 

Here’s to a healthy holiday for all of you!

 

 

 


 

 

12/16/2020


 

12/15/2020

LTBB Government Phase II reopening is now extended to January 30, 2021.

Government Buildings have been shut down since March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 18, 2020, we implemented Phase I of the government’s phased reopening plan. Phase I ended on June 27, 2020. Phase II originally was scheduled from June 28th to July 25th but due to an increase in cases near our government operations we’ve had to extend several times including this current extension to Saturday, January 30, 2021. Phase II is now extended to January 30, 2021.

 


 

12/11/2020

Message From Dr. Samuels.

 

 


 

12/09/2020

LTBB COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and LTBB continues to respond. Attached is our current LTBB COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Please note that this plan will be constantly changes and updated as needed. We look forward to implementing this plan and protecting our community with the COVID-19 Vaccine. Miigwetch. Jody Werner Health Director Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Phone: (231) 242-1612

 


 

12/08/2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the epidemic order that restricts indoor social gatherings and other group activities. The additional 12 days will allow the department to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan.

 

 

 


 

12/03/2020

 

 


 

11/24/2020

Are you thriving or just surviving? The COVID pandemic has created a concurrent crisis around mental health. We all need to be taking care of each other, but that includes ourselves. This is especially true for healthcare workers.

 

 


 

11/18/2020

COVID Pause Community Education Materials. These are easy to understand plain language materials that include information on maintaining the integrity of a Social Pod during the pandemic,  holding Safe Social Gatherings, and finally, an easy to understand infographic that describes Michigan’s COVID Pause (what’s open/what’s not).

ITCM has posted these materials on our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/InterTribalCouncilMichigan or @InterTribalCouncilMichigan for you to easily share on your social media pages.  These materials are available on our ITCM COVID page at http://www.itcmi.org/covid-19-resources/communication-resources/#infographics.

 

MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Pause to Save Lives Infographic
DOWNLOAD HERE

MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Social Gathering
DOWNLOAD HERE

CDC cloth face covering building entrance
DOWNLOAD HERE

CDC cloth face covering
DOWNLOAD HERE

Face covering information
DOWNLOAD HERE

COVID-19 fact Sheet
DOWNLOAD HERE

Quarantine vs isolation
DOWNLOAD HERE

Cloth face covering poster
DOWNLOAD HERE

Social Distancing cloth face covering
DOWNLOAD HERE

COVID-19 symptoms poster 11×17
DOWNLOAD HERE

MDHHS – Nov. 2020 | Safe Social Pods Infographic
DOWNLOAD HERE

COVID-19 Symptoms
DOWNLOAD HERE

COVID-19 What you can do if you are high risk
DOWNLOAD HERE

Important information about cloth face coverings
DOWNLOAD HERE

Living in close quarters with large or extended families
DOWNLOAD HERE

Prevention
DOWNLOAD HERE

Sick with COVID-19 Fact Sheet
DOWNLOAD HERE

Stop the spread of germs poster 11×17
DOWNLOAD HERE

Stop the spread of germs
DOWNLOAD HERE

 


 

11/04/2020

Aanii Citizens, As the Executive recommendation for the Tribal Government building is to limit as much in person contact time in office as possible the Tribal Council Office will function in full service offsite as staff works from home. Please know that our staff is fully equipped to continue to provide the best communication and services on behalf of our Citizens. In addition to working offsite, and as in person contact is by appointment only, please also know that I will be your point person should you need to set up an in person appointment. Contact will be held outside of the building at an acceptable social distance with mandatory mask wearing by both parties. Additionally, though our office phones transfer to our cell phones, you may also contact my cell number 231-881-8704 directly for communication purposes to further ensure you are receiving the assistance you need.
Miigwech for your understanding and stay safe.
Michele Portman-LaCount
Legislative Office Manager

 


 

10/20/2020

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Phase II of the LTBB Reopening Plan has been extended to Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Access to Government Buildings:

    • Government buildings will be open to citizens needing to conduct business by appointment only.
    • No social visiting or group socializing or gatherings are permitted.
    • Citizens are encouraged to continue to conduct business by electronic means whenever possible.
    • Temperature checks and questionnaire are required for citizens and guests entering the buildings.
      • All citizens and guests to use main entrance doors and to remain at check-in/check-out stations until department personnel can be called to come escort them to and from the department providing services.
      • All citizens and guests are to practice social distancing, wear masks, and use hand sanitizer station when entering and exiting the building.
      • Vendors will continue to use their usual delivery entrances.
    • Office hours will be Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

 


 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

06/01/2020 - 10/08/2020

10/08/2020

Due to a COVID exposure, the Health Department will be closed tomorrow, 10/09/2020, for cleaning, except for the Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy will be open from 8 am – 5 pm.
Phones will being monitored during business hours on Friday.
The Health Department will be re-open on Monday.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Miigwetch.

 

 


 

09/09/2020

Due to a COVID-19 exposure, the Health Department will be closed Friday September 11th.
The Pharmacy will be open from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Phones will be monitored during business hours on Friday.
The building will be thoroughly disinfected and the Health Department will re-open on Monday, September 14th for business as usual.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Miigwetch.

 


 

09/03/2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Has Extended Michigan’s State of Emergency Until October 1st.

“Last week, Michigan surpassed 100,000 cases and families continue to lose loved ones to COVID-19. With over 6,500 deaths, the virus continues to threaten the lives of Michiganders every day. COVID-19 is a novel virus with many unknowns, but we do know that it is widespread, it is easily transmitted, and its effects can be fatal. We must continue to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and all Michiganders from COVID-19,” said Whitmer, in a statement. “By extending the state of emergency, we can continue the crucial work needed to save lives. Since March, I have been committed to using every tool at my disposal to protect families, frontline workers, and our economy from the threat of COVID-19. I urge Michiganders to do their part by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and staying safe and smart.”

Read Executive Order 2020-177

 


 

07/27/2020

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 citizens.

 

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 Application Emergency Living Assistance Form

 


 

07/27/2020

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”.

 

Continue Reading Policy…

Tribal Resolution 072320-02 CARES Act Funding

 


 

07/21/2020

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 eligibility requirements.
Please contact the LTBB Department of Commerce for more information or if you have any questions. Miigwech.

 


 

07/10/2020

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…

 



 

06/30/2020

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, Directs School Districts to Develop Return to School Plans
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…

 


 

06/18/2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration.
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.

 


 

06/10/2020

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 Forms
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.

 


 

06/10/2020

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

 


 

06/10/2020

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.
Miigwetch!

 


 

*Important Update*, 06/05/2020

Aanii all,
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 people.
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.
Stay Safe!
Miigwetch,
Gina

 


 

COVID Relief Checks Update, 06/03/2020

Aanii all,
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 need.

 


 

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, 2020.
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.

 

Read More…

 



Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

04/24/2020 - 05/31/2020


 

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 COVID-19.

DOC is in need of this information by June 11th so we may send out the corresponding grant applications for funding.

 


 

Free Coronavirus Testing this Weekend, 05/30/2020-05/31/2020, in Mackinaw City

 

Aanii.
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.

 

Sincerely,
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Medical Director
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

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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 49701,

“Widespread testing is the most crucial tool we have in protecting Northern Michigan and lowering the chance 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 Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 


 

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

Valued Guests,
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 11.

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 properties.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ron Olson
General Manager
Odawa Casino

 


 

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.

Read More…

Read Full Executive Order…

MI Safe Start Plan…

 


 

Public Announcement From Doctor Samuels

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.

Sincerely,
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Medical Director
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.

CDC Guidance Documents

 


 

LTBB Government Extended Closure

Aanii,
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 everyone.

We will do our best on our part to keep the community safe and continue to provide services to the community.

 


 

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.

Continue Reading Order 2020-77

 


 

Message From Terry J. Samuels M.D.

Aanii.
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.

Sincerely,
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Medical Director
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.”

Continue Reading…

 


 

Notice From Youth Services

 


 

For any senior or diabetic Native Way user.

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!

Loaner Procedure Log Sheet

 


 

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.

Read Executive Order

 


 

Attention LTBB Commercial Fisherman!

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 Captains and 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 Helpers.

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 Government 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 can.
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:

Continue Reading…

 


 

Governor Whitmer Imposes Safety Measures to Protect Consumers During the COVID-19 Crisis

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.

Continue Reading…

 


 


 

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.

View Executive Order 2020-59

 


 

Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow Cancellation

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.
Annette VanDeCar Pow Wow Committee Chair

 


 

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

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 aroberts@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.

 


 

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

Read Statement Here…

 


 

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 our citizens.”

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 population.

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.

Continue Reading Guideline…

 


 

Google Classroom
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.

Sincerely,
Terry J. Samuels M.D.
Medical Director
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 Covid-19 pandemic.


 

Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-47, temporarily extending the expiration of 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 Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 


 

 

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 athttps://bit.ly/2Rs231n 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. 

 

You can read the full order here…

 


 

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:

    • LTBB Pharmacy
      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.
    • Biindigen
      The masks available at Biindigen are designed like a surgical mask and should be worn by anyone who is venturing out of the home.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Here…
Miigwech!

 


 

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 Reading…

 


 

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 safe.

 


 

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 Reading…

 


 

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility And Home
Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers and in Your Home. Continue Reading…

 


 

K-12 Schools To Remain Closed For The Remainder Of The School Year
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 adopted on 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.


 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

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.

 


 

Human Resources
During the LTBB Closure you can reach HR at:
General questions – Denise Petoskey at dpetoskey@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov, or 231-881-2994
Benefits questions – Stephanie Brew sbrew@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
Safety and Emergency Management questions sgasco@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

We can also receive applications at HR@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

 


 

Odawa Casino
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.

 


 

Mzinigangamik Library
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Cultural Library will be closed until further notice.
We will keep you posted of any updates.
In the meantime, the digital library is always open.

 


 

LTBB Biindigen Gas Station
Effective Wednesday March 25, 2020
Mon-Friday
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 


 

Human Services/DHS:
In support of the Tribal Government’s decision to practice social distancing. OHS Biaagek will be closed to the public until April 13th.
Completed applications, required documentation and child-care timesheets can be faxed to 231-242-1635 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 lobby.
  • 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 deliveries 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 midnight.
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 Michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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 here.



 

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

03/19/2020 Update

Letter From Our Chairperson, Regina Gasco- Bentley – 03/20/2020

 

The April 1st Blood Drive has been postponed.

Community Health: For the week of March 23rd through the 27th, we will be available for the following services: Read More Here…

Youth Services Waaniigaanzijik (YSW) after-school program is cancelled to adhere to governmental orders. YSW staff will be working remotely to ensure that we do our part in the flattening the epidemic curve. Families may contact YSW by emailing kdominic@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov or call us at 231-242-1593. 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 cultural/educational/health links for youth & caregivers on our Facebook page.
**Parents/caretakers: please be sure your phone number is up to date as we are sending text notices of LTBB Governmental updates and community resources. Please email or text new phone numbers/address to 231-340-1910.

Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department (GALD) Community Update: Due to the current situation, GALD staff are working offsite.  We continue to send out daily emails with the word-a-day format, Bibezhik Kidwin (one word at a time), that include the audio so learners can hear how to sound out the word or phrase. Read More Here…

Human Services:
DHS has been able to provide the same services without much, if any, delays. Staff have been able to process 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 citizens. The 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 electronically to DHSapplications@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov or faxed to 231-242-1635.

Planning Department will be working remotely for the next two weeks but our department 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 electronic fillable permit application. If 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 happen.

If you need to meet with someone from our department we are available by phone or email Shari- 231-242-1581 or Amanda 231-242-1591. If you need an in person meeting we can try to work something out using other technology such as facetime.
Miigwetch for your patience and cooperation during this trying time.

Enrollment Office:
During this time of office closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Enrollment Office will not be issuing Tribal Identification Cards.  We will be issuing Enrollment statements for our Tribal Citizens to access Biindigen/Odawa Hotel discounts.  Please call Marin Taylor, Genealogist/Administrative Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this service or you may email her at mtaylor@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov .  Marin has the capabilities of emailing you the statement.
Ps:  Pauline Boulton, Enrollment Officer cell- (231) 838-0192 – I will be checking my emails daily  pboulton@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

Traditional Healer:
Due to the recent developments of the Coronovirus COVID-19, the Little Traverse Bay Bands Community Health Department has decided to cancel Traditional Healer’s, Jake Pine, visit scheduled for the month of April. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

 

  • People with diabetes who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to develop severe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and complications.
    • They should be especially diligent to reduce risk of exposure, including hand washing, practicing 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 they 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 necessary.  Patients 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.

 


 

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

Initial Announcements

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…

 

The focus from the leadership of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is to protect the health and safety of our citizens and staff as we face the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

 

Effective March 16, 2020, at 3 pm LTBB will enact a closure of LTBB government buildings to the public. We are ensuring that department phones are answered, and will continue to provide services as best we can electronically.

 

All leading entry doors of our government buildings will have posted phone numbers and contact emails.
We are taking this action as responsible leaders within our community. We will continue to monitor all orders, directives, instructions, and recommendations made by government agencies and will advise once we reopen.

 

All community events are cancelled until April 30th, 2020.
All Commission, Boards, and Committee meetings are cancelled until April 30th 2020.

 

Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by following us on social media, https://www.facebook.com/LTBBODAWA and check in regularly back here.

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 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 vestibule with the same process as after hours, using the camera and microphone to communicate with the pharmacy staff.

 

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 to be conducted over the phone as much as possible. Reference numbers will be given as usual, but over the phone.

 

Dental: Regular appointments will be postponed. Dental is open to service dental emergencies.

 

Behavioral Health: Clinicians will be contacting clients to determine appointment schedules.

 

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.

 

Native Way Gym is closed.

 

Tribal Court Public Announcement – We at Tribal Court take our 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 until further notice: Read Full Closure Protocol Here…

 

Law Enforcement will conduct business as usual to include dispatch. In the event 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 30th. 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 Hotel discounts.
Please call Marin Taylor, Genealogist/Administrative Assistant at (231) 242-1521 for this service or you may email her at mtaylor@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.
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 uninterrupted 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 following 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 call 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 jvanalstine@ltbbodawa-nsn.govor sleist@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov 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 Reading…

 


 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Updates:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: michigan.gov/coronavirus
For further information please reference the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html