Tribal Administration

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Administration provides managerial oversight for the functions of day-to-day Executive Branch business. The structure of the administration within the Executive Branch has changed.  The Executive Team restructured the programming of the Executive Branch of the government into two divisions: Direct Services and Indirect Services.  The Tribal Administrator position was dissolved and the duties and responsibilities of the TA were distributed to the Vice-Chair and a new position, the Direct Services Administrator (DSA).  The Vice-Chair has direct oversight over the indirect services programming and the Direct Services Administrator has direct oversight over the direct services programming.


The Executive Branch consists of 19 program/departments designed to provide services to the LTBB citizens. The Governmental Departments/Programs are divided into:

  • Direct Services – Administration, Commerce, Education, Elders, Enrollment, Gijigowi Language, Health, Housing, Human Services, Natural Resources, Law Enforcement, SEEDS, and Youth Services.
  • Indirect Services – Accounting, Communications, Facilities, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Grants, Human Resources, Management Information Systems (MIS), Planning, and Repatriation and Archives.
  • The Vice-Chair and the Direct Services Administrator work together with the management/leadership team to insure critical goals and objectives are being met, provide support to the Tribal Chairperson and Executive Team, deliver resources to those requiring assistance, overall accountability of Department implementation, offer guidance to directors/program managers to insure success, and create a safe working environment for governmental staff and visitors.

Executive Director Unit I: Phil Harmon
Location: 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Program Contact Number: (231) 242-1421
Fax Number: (231) 242-1431


Executive Director Unit II: Daugherty Johnson
Location: 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Program Contact Number: (231) 242-1420
Fax Number: (231) 242-1431


Direct Services offered within the Administration Department includes:

  • Veteran’s Liaison office;
  • Elders Ramp program;
  • Issuance of Tribal raffle licenses;
  • provides notary service;
  • Tax Exemption Certificate
  • Manages use of Administrative Building, Commons Area, Fire-keeper Lodge, Community Center, Commissions and Boards Room 312


Attention Veterans: The Veteran Liaison Office will assist Tribal Veterans with Veteran Health Administration, Veteran Benefit Administration and National Cemetery Administration enrollment process.

More Veteran information and resources can be found here.

If you require assistance please contact Direct Services Administrator @ 231-242-1421


Bev Wemigwase, Tribal Receptionist routes all incoming calls to the Tribe, handles incoming governmental mail, greets and directs visitors to respective offices, oversees the use of Administrative Building Commons Area, Commissions & Committee Board room 312, Fire-keeper Lodge, Community Center and assist various departments with general office duties.

Contact: Bev Wemigwase – (231) 242-1400