News and Announcements Archive

  • Tribal Chairperson Regina Gasco-Bentley has released a statement regarding the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa’s reservation litigation.

    On Monday, February 28, 2022 the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of our case in Federal Court in which we sought affirmation of the reservation boundaries in the 1855 Treaty of Detroit. In legalese, the U.S. Supreme court ordered that “The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.” We sought review of the May 28, 2021 ruling of the Federal Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in which the Court held that the 1855 Treaty did not establish a jurisdictional reservation.

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

    Mail Comments To:
    Regional Director
    BIA Midwest region
    Norman Pointe II
    5600 West American Blvd, Suite 500
    Bloomington, MN 55437

    *Please include your Name and Address with your comment.

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  • In accordance with policy, these phone polls shall be posted for 24-hours.

    Reason for Phone Poll #1: Motion to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 061622-01 Request for Funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Road Maintenance Program Funds FY 2022 – FY 2024.
    Reason for Phone Poll #2: Motion to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 061622-02 Request for Funding from the National Park Service, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices FY 2022.
    Reason for Phone Poll #3: Motion to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 061622-03 Request for Funding from the Indian Health Service – Sanitation Program, FY 2022 Well & Septic Systems Contract Funding Request..

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

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

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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee Phone Poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours in accordance with policy.

    Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 060922-01 Request for Funding from the United States Environmental Agency, Performance Partnership Grant FY 2023-2024

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

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

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  • Click here for the Community Meeting Agenda

    The live stream can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LTBBODAWA



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

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

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

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

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

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  • Prior to conducting a Land and Reservation phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

    Motion to request the Staff Review and Analysis Reports for Land Parcels #155, 156, 157, 158, 159 and 160 that will be completed and submitted to the Committee by June 1, 2022.

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  • The June 2022 Executive Townhall Meeting has been canceled and the updates typically given at these meetings will be provided at the annual Community Meeting on June 11th.

    The next Executive Townhall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th.

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  • Currently we are experiencing increased COVID-19 cases in our region, county, and tribal community.  In order to try to help decrease the chances of spreading COVID-19 within government operations and in our community, we are implementing the following safety precautionary measures within government operations:

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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

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  • In accordance with policy, the following Land and Reservation Committee phone poll shall be posted for 24 hours.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to reschedule the Land and Reservation Committee meeting dated 05/13/2022 at 9:00 am. To 05/12/2022 at 1:00 pm.

    Voting may begin at the time that Committee members are notified of the proposed phone poll, and shall continue until the phone poll is closed.

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  • The Election Board is seeking two community members to serve as official Poll Sitters for the 2022 Recall Election Day.

    Dates and hours would include:
    Friday, June 3, 2022, 10 am - 7 pm.

    Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and cannot be LTBB Tribal Members or related to any subjects of the recall.

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  • Join Petoskey District Library and Good Hart Artist Residency for a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read event: an evening of poetry and discussion of boarding schools and healing justice with poet Cecelia LaPointe on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00pm in the Petoskey District Library Carnegie Building, located at 451 E Mitchell St.

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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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  • We are pleased to announce the 29th Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow will be held on August 13 and 14.

    Below are the Trader Rules and Trader Application.

    Trader Rules 2022 | Trader Application 2022

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  • LTBB Odawa Executive Branch Town Hall Meeting will be on April 13th.

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://ltbbodawa.zoom.us/j/87017579318?pwd=M3kxTkFSM0tFZENPZG51TXVMZk9BZz09
    Passcode: 002323

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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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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.
    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to approve 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 in this policy.)

    Policy for $1000 ARP Citizens payment 031522

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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.

    COVID_assistance_taxes_FAQs

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  • The Mzinigangamik Cultural Library is seeking an artist to paint a community Little Free Library. Open to LTBB community members, and supplies and honorarium for your time is included.

    Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 29th. Send art examples to culturalprogramming@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

    Miigwech!

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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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  • The following motion was made by Tribal Council on 03/17/22 to give notice of a Special Meeting:

    Motion made by Councilor Tamara Kiogima and supported by Councilor Aaron Otto to schedule a Tribal Council Special Meeting to discuss the operation plan for Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation FY2022 for March 29, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. Vote: 8-yes, 0-no, 0-abstain, 1-absent (Secretary Marcella Reyes)

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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

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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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  • Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 Executive Townhall zoom meeting. The townhall will begin at 10am.

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://ltbbodawa.zoom.us/j/87017579318?pwd=M3kxTkFSM0tFZENPZG51TXVMZk9BZz09
    Passcode: 002323

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  • REMINDER – DEADLINE TO APPLY IS TOMORROW MARCH 8TH: The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) is distributing a total of $1,600,000.00 in the form of grants to businesses to be used in responding to the negative economic impacts caused by COVID. Business entities that are eligible to apply include: LTBB-owned businesses, LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses, and LTBB-registered nonprofits.

    The deadline to submit an application and all supporting documents is March 8th, 2022. The application is available on the LTBB website under the Department of Commerce section, or can be requested by contacting the LTBB DOC office at 231-242-1584 or DOC@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.

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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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  • REMINDER: The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) is distributing a total of $1,600,000.00 in the form of grants to businesses to be used in responding to the negative economic impacts caused by COVID. Business entities that are eligible to apply include: LTBB-owned businesses, LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses, and LTBB-registered nonprofits.

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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: To adopt TRIBAL RESOLUTION: Use of American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”), Restricted for Affordable Housing Development Funds, in the Amount of Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000) for the Development of Multi-Unit Housing at Indian Town (Second Street), Harbor Springs, Michigan.

    Tribal Resolution APR $4mm Housing

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  • Prior to concluding an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: to adopt TRIBAL RESOLUTION: To recommend to the to adopt TRIBAL RESOLUTION: Use of American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”), Restricted for Affordable Housing Development Funds, in the Amount of Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000) for the Development of Multi-Unit Housing at Indian Town (Second Street), Harbor Springs, Michigan.

    Tribal Resolution APR $4mm Housing

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  • Due to the decrease in cases within our region, local area, government operations, and community, we are making some changes and moving from Phase 2.5 to Phase 3.5 effective Sunday, February 27, 2022. Attached please find a copy of Phase 3.5 for everyone’s review. As usual when we switch phases there are some significant changes to our safety protocols for government operations. I’ve highlighted the major changes within the document in light blue for your convenience but please make sure you review the entire document for all the changes.

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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: to adopt TRIBAL RESOLUTION: Supplemental Funding in the Amount of $60,000.00 to the Department of Human Services for the Purpose of Providing Child Welfare Services.

    Tribal Resolution Appropriation for Child Welfare

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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: To recommend to Tribal Council to adopt TRIBAL RESOLUTION: Supplemental Funding in the Amount of $60,000.00 to the Department of Human Services for the Purpose of Providing Child Welfare Services.
    Tribal Resolution Appropriation for Child Welfare

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  • Tribal Citizens no longer need to have their Voter Registration form notarized, nor submit copies of identification cards. Mail or Email completed Voter Registration forms to the Election Board at mailing address or email on the form.

    Due to updated database, the Election Board now has access to Tribal Citizen signatures and I.D.’s. Registered Voters who change their name must submit a new, signed Voter Registration Form.

    For questions or further information, please email ElectionBoard@ElectionBoard.org

    Miigwech.
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) has updated the application for COVID-related financial assistance for businesses to now include “offset of lost revenue” as an eligible use of funds. Priority will be given to applicants with identified expenses first, however businesses can now request assistance for offset of lost revenue.

    Information that remains the same: DOC will be distributing a total of $1,600,000.00 in the form of grants to businesses to be used in responding to the negative economic impacts caused by COVID.
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  • Aanii, LTBB Community,

    For those who live locally and would like to receive your masks sooner, please email: safety@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov for an appointment to pick-up your pack of masks. The current process for mailing masks is the order the request is received and there have been several requests. So if you wish to get your masks quicker and you live locally, you can email Safety and schedule an appointment. Appointment times are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm only. In order to keep within our current COVID Phase 2.5, appointments are required.

    Thanks, the Safety & Emergency Management department
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  • When we think of February we first think of Valentine’s Day. The commercialization of the holiday with chocolates, candy hearts, and little stuffed bears with a heart that says, “I Love You!” has cemented February as the Month of Love.
    In the healthcare world, February is recognized as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Native Americans. There are several factors to take into consideration when we talk about what causes heart disease. The February issue of Mnozhiyaadaa discusses some of the complexities of heart disease.

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  • Due to the continued COVID-19 case level in our area, Phase 2.5 (See Attached) and all the current safety precautions that have been put in place has been extended to Saturday, February 26th, 2022. Employees must follow Phase 2.5 and continue to follow the extra safety precautions that are stated below:

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  • Topic: LTBB Odawa Executive Branch Town Hall Meeting

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://ltbbodawa.zoom.us/j/87017579318?pwd=M3kxTkFSM0tFZENPZG51TXVMZk9BZz09
    Passcode: 002323
    Or One tap mobile :
    US: +17866351003,,87017579318# or +19292056099,,87017579318#
    Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 786 635 1003 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 267 831 0333 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 470 250 9358 or +1 470 381 2552 or +1 646 518 9805 or +1 651 372 8299 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 602 753 0140 or +1 669 219 2599 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 720 928 9299 or +1 971 247 1195 or +1 213 338 8477 or +1 253 215 8782
    Webinar ID: 870 1757 9318
    International numbers available: https://ltbbodawa.zoom.us/u/kvCWDyJpu

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  • Greetings for this Fine February Day!

    Did you have some fun developing your own Personal Wellness Plan during Manido Giizis?  We are wondering what delicious ways that you included more mandaamin in your intake?

    In your efforts to maintain and improve your health, please remember that we have a full team of health professionals at Mina Mskiki Gumik Health Department available to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.  And, we are always interested in stories of your personal health and wellness journey.

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  • Aanii LTBB Citizens,

    Great news!!! The State of Michigan distributed 10 million free KN95 masks to help protect residents from COVID-19. Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s. These masks are in addition to 400 million free N95 masks the federal government is distributing to pharmacies and community health centers across the country.
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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours per Policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 020322-01 Governmental Branch Allocation of General Funds for Fiscal Year 2023.

    Motion 020322-01 FY 23 Gov'tl Branch Allocation of General Funds
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  • In accordance with policy, the following Land and Reservation Committee phone poll shall be posted for 24 hours.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to assign parcel number #150, and recommend to Tribal Council for Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation (OEAHC) to pursue land parcel #150, including the authority to negotiate and purchase the parcel, and all offers will be contingent on a satisfactory Environmental Impact assessment.
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  • Due to the continued COVID-19 case level in our area, Phase 2.5 (See Attached) and all the current safety precautions that have been put in place is now extended to Saturday, February 12th, 2022. 

    Employees must follow Phase 2.5 and continue to follow the extra safety precautions that are stated below:
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) is now accepting applications from eligible businesses for COVID-related financial assistance.
    DOC will be distributing a total of $1,600,000.00 in the form of grants to businesses to be used in responding to the negative economic impacts caused by COVID. Business entities that are eligible to apply include: LTBB-owned businesses, LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses, and LTBB-registered nonprofits.
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  • Manido Giizis (Spirit Moon) is waning, and it is time to talk about the 13 Moons Challenges program for 2022.

    The Community Health program has been working with the Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department and have a good plan for this new year. With each new moon, we will invite you to participate in a health and wellness challenge. If you choose not to participate, perhaps you can write your own challenge for that moon.

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  • 2023 Budget Formulation Process Calendar

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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to adopt Tribal Resolution Authorizing First Amendment to Loan Agreement from PNC Bank, National Association, and related Documents, Authorizing Tribal Appropriations for Payments of the Loan, Confirming Adoption of Law Governing the Arbitration of Disputes related to the Loan, Confirming Adoption of Law Regarding Security Interests and Addressing Related Matters.
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  • Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests:

    Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests (4 per household). The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

    COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests
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  • Aanii!

    The new year rolls on and we continue to deal with the staggering affects that the COVID-19 crisis has on us all. In Community Health we are working on some new projects that we are very excited about. A newsletter for patients living with diabetes will be created monthly to provide guidance and support regarding different health concerns. The intention was to mail out newsletters to all tribal members living with diabetes. But, COVID had other plans and we are going forward this month with an emailed newsletter.

    The Newsletter can be read here...

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  • Prior to conducting a Tribal Council phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.
    Motion to approve the Action item contained in Confidential Memo 011222-01 as provided by Legislative Leader Emily Proctor to Tribal Council.

    Closed Session material, no attachment.
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  • The Executive Townhall zoom meeting for January is today Wednesday, January 12, 2022 beginning at 10am.

    When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 10am-Noon
    Where: Zoom - https://ltbbodawa.zoom.us/j/87017579318?pwd=M3kxTkFSM0tFZENPZG51TXVMZk9BZz09
    Topics: Elder Teaching, COVID-19 Update, & Housing Update
    Agenda:

    • Opening remarks by Chair-Regina Gasco-Bentley
    • Tribal Teaching – Renee “Wasson” Dillard
    • COVID-19 Update: Dr. Animikwam & Dr. Samuels
    • Housing Update– Program Staff
    Webinar ID: 870 1757 9318
    Passcode: 002323
    Dial by Phone: 1 (786) 635-1003
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  • Due to the continued COVID-19 case level in our area, Phase 2.5 (Attached) and all the current safety precautions that have been put in place is now extended to Saturday, January 29, 2022.  Employees must follow Phase 2.5 and continue to follow the extra safety precautions that were administered on November 11, 2021:
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  • The Form 4013: Resident Tribal Member Annual Sales Tax Credit is now available for the 2021 tax year.
    The form is not automatically being mailed out, however a mailed or emailed copy can be requested by contacting the LTBB Department of Commerce at 231-242-1584 or DOC@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.
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  • PRC just wanted to let everyone know that our phone lines are extremely busy as we are finally able to issue reference numbers for the new year. Patients who call will likely receive our voicemail. If you are one of them, please leave your name, number, date of birth, and a detailed message, and we will return your call in the order it was received. If you have an approved appointment outside of the Mina Mskiki Gumik today, rest assured you will receive a reference number, so long as your file is complete with our program.
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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be post for 24 hours in accordance with policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 010622-01 Acceptance of Funds as a sub-grantee from the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Mental Health Block Grant FY 2023-2024.
    Motion 010622-01 MHBG FY 23-24
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  • LTBB offices will be closed Thursday, December 23rd through January 2nd, 2022 for deep cleaning. Offices will reopen Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

    During the closure, the LTBB Health Clinic will be operating on a limited schedule.

    The clinic is open on Monday, December 27th & Wednesday, December 29th, and closed on Tuesday, December 28th.
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  • Aanii Kina Gwaya,

    As we approach the holiday season and gather with our families, the LTBB Odawa Health Clinic would like to encourage everyone to gather as safely as possible, given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Northern Michigan and our Tribe.
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  • Do you have college students coming home this week for the holiday?

    We have scheduled a Vaccine Clinic for Monday, 12/20/21 to give them an opportunity to get their booster before heading back to school in January! We will schedule anyone who would like a booster, but will give priority to our college students who are home for a short period of time. Elders will receive priority also.

    This will be our final Vaccine Clinic for 2021. More will be scheduled in January 2022.
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  • From: Leroy Shomin, Tribal Council Treasurer
    Date: 12-08-2021
    Re: Living Wage for January 1, 2022

    Per Tribal Resolution #102619-05 Promotion of a Living Wage, the calculations for the Living Wage are as follows:
    According to Rentdata.org for 2021, Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom
    apartment in Emmet County...
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  • The Executive townhall zoom meeting for December is tomorrow Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM
    Topics: COVID-19 Update, Tribal Court-Appellate Court, & Language Aankwadong

    Agenda:
    • Opening remarks by Chair-Regina Gasco-Bentley
    • COVID-19 Update: Phil Harmon
    • Tribal Court-Appellate Court: Justice Sean Cahill
    • Language Aankwadong – Program Staff
    • Q&A
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  • All Tribal offices are closed today due to inclement weather.
    Pharmacy will be open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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  • Due to the continued COVID-19 case level in our area, Phase 2.5 (Attached) and all the current safety precautions that have been put in place is now extended to Saturday, January 16, 2022.  Employees must follow Phase 2.5 and the following extra safety precautions that were administered on November 11, 2021:
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  • Aanii Kina Gwaya,

    As we approach the holiday season and gather with our families the LTBB Odawa Health Clinic would like to encourage everyone to gather as safely as possible given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Northern Michigan and our Tribe. Vaccinations are our number one tool to help fight this virus and to protect ourselves, our families, and our Odawa Tribe. This is followed by layered prevention. It is encouraged that we practice the Nswi Ws: Wear a mask, even indoors with family gathering, Wash hands before and after eating, and Watch our distance. If anyone is sick, please stay home to rest and heal, and see if a family member can bring you a plate of food. Consider Zoom/Facetime as a means to meet in a safe way.
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  • We continue to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the tribal community and the community at large.  In order to provide the safest workplace environment possible while also providing services to our community we are going to scale back our “in-person” staffing in the buildings for the next two weeks.  We are also hoping the scale back will help with decreasing the chances of spreading the virus among staff and the community after our Thanksgiving holiday gatherings.  We will continue to stay in Phase 2.5 of the Reopening Plan.
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  • Due to the rise in cases within our region and COVID-19 activity within our government operations and community, we are making some changes and moving from Phase 3.5 to Phase 2.5 effective Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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  • In accordance with policy, the following shall be posted for 24-hours…

    Reason for Phone Poll #1: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION Request for Funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, GLRI Great Lakes Basin Coregonine Restoration Projects FY 2022.
    Motion 111821-01 BIA GLRI

    Reason for Phone Poll #2: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION Request for Funding from The Nature Conservancy, “Kiyi Restoration Analysis” Project.
    Motion 111821-02 The Nature Conservancy Kiyi Restoration Project
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  • Aanii Odawak, Anishinaabek! COVID-19 booster vaccines have been available now for the past 2 weeks for adults ages 18 years and older. What an opportunity for our people to keep us all safe from COVID-19. Our LTBB Odawa Health Department is prioritizing booster shots for our elders, those with health conditions that place them at higher risks, and front line workers first.  Please be patient as we work through these lists.
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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours in accordance with policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to adopt Tribal Resolution Burial Program Supplemental funding in the Amount of $64,000.00 from General Fund-Fund Balance.

    FY 2021 Burial Program Supplemental $64k
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  • We will be holding a Town Hall on Fall Teachings on November 24th, 2021.
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  • The Odawa Casino is partnering with Emmet County and North Central Michigan College to host a free Veterans Day Breakfast event...
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  • Due the closure of the Administration Building Enrollment asks that all Address Change and other requests be sent via email to enrollment@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov. The reception of US Mail and faxes will be extremely delayed during the closure (until November 8).
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  • Due to several positive cases of COVID within the Administration building we will be moving to Work from Home status effective immediately and we will return to current in-office schedules on Monday November 8th.
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  • This program will provide a one-time COVID-19 Financial Impact Relief payment to LTBB adult Tribal Citizens up to one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500.00) payment...
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  • Due to the increasing negative economic impact felt by LTBB citizens during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a second ARP funded COVID Relief Payment has been allocated in the amount of $1,500 per eligible citizen by LTBB.
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  • A 2021 Per Capita payment in the amount of $270 has been allocated by LTBB for all citizens enrolled as of October 31st.

    All minors must have a current Address Verification Form (AVF) on file for 2021 with the LTBB Enrollment office. Enrollment will be mailing... Read More...

  • Due to the level of COVID-19 cases in our area, Phase 3.5 is being extended to Saturday, November 27, 2021. 
    Please be advised that there are a few changes to Phase 3.5. 
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  • Prior to conducting an Appropriations and Finance Committee phone poll, the following shall be posted for 24-hours in accordance with policy.

    Reason for Phone Poll: Motion to recommend to Tribal Council to approve CERTIFIED MOTION # 102121-08 Request for Funding from the Oleson Foundation Eagle Aviary and Rehabilitation Funds.

    Motion 102121-08 Oleson Foundation
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  • Aanii Kina Gwaya,

    Due to the recent COVID outbreak that has hit our Mina Mskiiki Gumik and understaffing, we are back logged with telephone calls. Please remain patient as our team returns each call.
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  • Community Health will be using the White Travel Trailer on October 21 and 28 for the tribal elders and employees!
    As a reminder, there are two forms according to age groups.  In order to expedite the process, please complete only the highlighted areas on the correct form according to your age.
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  • We apologize for the abrupt ending to this morning’s Townhall zoom meeting. We had technical difficulties due to an internet outage.
    We will look to reschedule Natural Resources Katherine Skubik’s Whitefish & Cisco presentation for next month.
    Miigwech and again we apologize for abrupt ending to this mornings Townhall.
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  • Reminder, LTBB offices are closed Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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  • Prior to conducting an Land & Reservation Committee Phone poll the following shall be posted for 24-hours in accordance with policy…

    Motion to approve an October 15, 2021 Land and Reservation Committee Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
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  • Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan posting for public comment.
    Map represents previous, present, and future projects using BIA funding.
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  • Due to an outbreak of COVID within the Health Department, services must be limited at this time in order to protect our clients and our employees. 
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  • As the 2021 Home Grown season winds down, the need to plan the next season is upon us. If you would please take a moment to fill out the survey below, it would help us greatly in planning the 2022 season. The survey should take no more than 4 minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate your time.
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  • The staff in Community Health are very excited as we are ready to launch our very own DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) as part of our Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant award.  We are looking for our first class and we will only be accepting 12 participants.  Due to COVID, this class will be offered as a VIRTUAL program using Zoom. 
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  • Due to the rise in cases within our region and COVID-19 activity within our government operations, we are making some changes and moving from Phase 4 to Phase 3.5 effective today September 28, 2021.  Attached please find a copy of Phase 3.5 for your review.  Please be advised that Phase 3.5 has some significant changes to our safety protocols for government operations.
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  • There has been an employee at the Mna Mskiiki Gumik Health Clinic who has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact Tracing has been conducted. All the people who have had risk for exposure have been contacted and provided guidance on testing and length of quarantine.
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  • LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses wishing to be emailed of various business opportunities within the LTBB government or LTBB-owned enterprises should contact the LTBB Department of Commerce to provide an email address in which they would like to be contacted and include a brief statement of what their business offers.
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share an important update regarding TCEs. While we strongly encourage RTMs to obtain TCEs prior to the purchase(s), there is now a way to request a refund directly from the Michigan Department of Treasury for taxes that were paid on eligible items.
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  • Please help the LTBB Niigaandiwin Education Department in promoting our needs assessment survey! The set of questions is designed to understand the unique needs and interests of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa tribal citizens, and the greater community to ensure that programming is effective in serving our clients. The survey takes about 15 minutes or less to complete, and is open to all individuals including tribal and non-tribal. Please share this survey widely with your program clients, family members, and friends!
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  • LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY BANDS OF ODAWA INDIANS
    PUBLIC HEARING, sponsored by the Appropriations and Finance Committee
    ON
    American Rescue Plan Funds
    Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Time: 4:30 pm to 7:00pm
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  • COVID has changed the landscape of our events but we wanted to celebrate Sovereignty day this year. With the surge of COVID cases in our area the decision was made to host a drive thru event. The bonus is you can drive thru in your pjs. We hope you join us!
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  • Starting this week, August 30th, and until further notice, Native Way will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am – 7pm.  You may call (231) 242-1616 if you wish to schedule a time and I would be happy to assist you in doing so.
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  • Since January we have been distributing monthly cooking videos via email and posting them on webpages and Facebook pages in the community.   These videos are part of an ITC / FDPIR grant with Walmart.   
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  • Through your participation in the Walmart Healthy Nutrition and or the MI Tribal Food Access Coalition Projects, we have compiled a set of resources for each month in 2021.  The resources are focused on healthier eating using ingredients that may either be found at your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) site.
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  • Here is the list of those who were awarded the $2,500 Grants from N.S.C.D.I. FARM program.
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  • As tribal communities begin to open up and host Pow Wows, it’s important that we protect ourselves against COVID-19. We encourage every individual to get the vaccine in order to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their Elders.

    Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is essential for our health and safety, the safety of our communities, and the protection of our knowledge keepers and culture for current and future generations. Watch this new Healing Song, written and performed by Woodland Stream, a Native American youth drum group:
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  • LTBB is accepting resumes for the position of Tribal Prosecutor
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  • Aanii, We're excited to announce LTBB's Aankwadong online language program for learning Anishinaabemowin.
    Register now for Beginning I, Fall Semester.
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  • 2021 General Election Official Results
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  • There is a little over a week left to RSVP for the Angeline Boulley Author Event!
    This event is in partnership with McLean and Eakin and Mzinigangamik, the LTBB Cultural Library.
    𝙒𝙝𝙤: Angeline Boulley, author of “Fire Keeper’s Daughter”
    𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚: LTBB Pow wow Grounds
    𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣: Monday, July 19th beginning at 7pm
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  • Aanii Tribal Citizens!

    Every Tribal household across the country will be receiving some Binax at-home COVID tests in the mail from CVS Pharmacy.
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  • Can YOU eat 30 Different Plant Foods in a week?

    Have you heard of the latest gut health challenge? We all know that eating plants is good for us. However, it seems that eating a large VARIETY of plant foods is even better. Eating many different plant foods improves our gut health by encouraging the growth of different species of bacteria that live there, especially the healthy, beneficial (good) bacteria.
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  • Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available Free by Mail
    The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. has partnered with NEXT Distro and Grand Rapids Red Project to ensure all tribal communities have access to free naloxone through the mail. NEXT Distro is an online mail-based naloxone program designed for people who can't access naloxone through pharmacies, Community members who need naloxone can access it at no cost through nextdistro.org/itcmi
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  • Unofficial Results 2021 General Election
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  • Through the Walmart Healthy Nutrition and or the MI Tribal Food Access Coalition Projects, we have compiled a set of resources for each month in 2021.  The resources are focused on healthier eating using ingredients that may either be found at your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) site.
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  • As we approach the General Election on June 28, 2021, it has been brought to the Election Board’s attention that there are two candidates running for office who fall under the “immediate family” classification as defined by the Constitution in Article III E.
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  • Phase III of the LTBB COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan has been extended an additional week to Saturday, July 3, 2021.
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  • Several LTBB Departments are seeking to dispose of surplus equipment they have. In accordance with WAGANAKISING ODAWAK STATUTE 2012-015 ASSET DISPOSITION, the departments previously offered first right of refusal to all LTBB Governmental Departments and Enterprises on the surplus equipment listed below.  No department expressed an interest in the equipment.  We will now offer them to LTBB Tribal Citizens and public by way of sealed bid.
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  • In accordance with Tribal law Waganakising Odawak Statute 2015-014 Open Meetings of the Tribal Council, “Public” means Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Citizens and their immediate family members.
    All others excluding official business of Tribal employees, and appointed officials who request attendance at any Tribal Council meeting must contact a Tribal Councilor who shall forward such request to all of the Tribal Council members.
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce is gauging interest to see how many Citizens would be interested in attending an entrepreneurship workshop this summer.

    The content goes beyond the “how to” for a business and instead covers broad entrepreneurial topics such as: do you really want to be an entrepreneur, what makes your businesses different than other businesses, business plans, etc. The workshop would be provided through RedWind Consulting, and funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the training material is through ONABEN. There would be no cost to participants and lunch will be provided.
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  • Community Health is excited to announce that the Native Way Health and Wellness Center has reopened! But there are some changes due to COVID restrictions.  Please read carefully about the changes.
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  • Through your participation in the Walmart Healthy Nutrition and or the MI Tribal Food Access Coalition Projects, we have compiled a set of resources for each month in 2021.  The resources are focused on healthy eating using ingredients found at your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) site.
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  • The LTBB Department of Commerce has implemented a policy change regarding Resident Tribal Member address records. If Citizens have lived, or currently live, in the Tax Agreement Area and did not update their address with the LTBB Enrollment Department as soon as they moved in, they are now able to correct their address record to accurately reflect the time they have lived in the Tax Agreement Area.
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  • I am a senior at Grand Valley State University. I am researching Native Americans and utilization of health care. A part of this research is to ask Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians community members: What is your opinion about your health care? The answers are completely anonymous.
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  • 2021 Primary Election Unofficial Results
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  • As you may all know, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been extremely fortunate to be partnering with GLITEC (Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center) for a grant sub-award from the CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program. This is a great opportunity for the Community Health Department to continue our efforts in providing the necessary education to live a healthy life! There are numerous opportunities within this sub-award to improve the well being of our community!
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  • UPDATED
    Government operations has extended Phase II of the reopening plan to Saturday, May 29th, 2021.
    The extension was made due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in our area and the State of Michigan. It continues to be our priority to protect the health and welfare of our citizens, staff, and community.
    Although we continue in Phase II, government services continue to be available to the community via electronic, via phone, via postal mail, and in-person by appointment.
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  • Our LTBB Vaccine Clinic was a great success!
    Our team of staff and volunteers vaccinated 60 people with their primary dose of Moderna vaccine.
    It was great to see LTBB Tribal Citizens, descendants, other Native Americans, and Lansing area community members come in say hello and to get their vaccine.
    We received positive press coverage for this event via the Lansing State Journal, WLNS TV, and the Michigan Advance (an online publication).  Our thanks to the State of Michigan for spreading the word to help this coverage happen. Read More...

  • The Derrer (BP) gas station located in Petoskey has switched to a “prepay only” station.
    LTBB Citizens are still able to pay for their fuel after pumping in order to get the fuel tax exemptions, however you must go into the store first and let the cashier know what pump you are on and that you will need to come back in and pay after pumping in order to receive your exemption. Read More...

  • The Primary Election for 2021 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021.  The Primary Election results will determine which two candidate teams will move on to the General Election.

    The General Election will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021. Read More...

  • The 2022 Proposed Tribal Government Budget can be found in the Citizens Portal, Legislative/Tribal Council, Committees/Appropriations and Finance Link. Also, a reminder that on  April 7, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. there are Executive and Election Board Budget Hearings; April 9, 2021 is  Legislative, Judiciary and any additional Executive departments as needed; and April 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. is the Public Budget Hearing....

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through their dedicated call center. More information can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.   Who is Eligible? To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions: The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.   How to Apply COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number Applications begin on April 12, 2021 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include: An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Funeral expenses documents(receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened. Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.   How Funds are Received If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance....

  • Aanii all. After careful consideration and with input from our emergency management team, the LTBB Pow Wow Committee sadly must cancel this year’s Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow. With the ongoing pandemic and the high COVID positive numbers in Michigan, we feel we must continue to protect our tribal community and the community in general. It would be extremely difficult to limit the crowd and to enforce social distancing practices. Please stay safe, and together, we will get through this. We look forward to the future when we can safely gather at our annual pow wow and renew kinship. Miigwetch. Annette VanDeCar, LTBB Pow Wow Committee Chair...

  • LTBB Government buildings were shut down on 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, April 24, 2021....

  • 2022 Budget Formulation Process Calendar...

  • Our COVID Vaccine Information Line is overwhelmed with calls and the voicemail is continuously filling up. Many of the messages say “I submitted the form but wanted to be sure I was on the list.”  This is clogging up our system. Please direct anyone from the Tribal Community to email us at covidvaccine@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov; this will be their quickest way to get a call to schedule.  Make sure they leave this information: Name Address Phone Number DOB Age Email Native / non Native Connection to the Tribe   These are our first priority people and we are working to get Tribal Community scheduled first.  This includes Tribal Citizens, any Native Americans, descendants, Tribal Employees, household members of any of those groups,  family members of these groups, and any Tribal partners (like Victories Square, etc.)     For anyone you know in the service industry who wants a vaccine, please send them the information below.  Completing and submitting this form is the best way for them to get on the service industry vaccine list: Thank you for your email, if you could please click on the link below and enter your information. This will add you onto our list. Service industry employees MUST bring a paycheck stub to verify employment in the service industry.   LTBB Vaccine Sign Up Link or you can use the QR Code below....

  • 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...

  • We are excited to offer 3 paid Internships at the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society beginning May 2021. 2021 Education Internship Description 2021 CLEO Internship Application...

  • 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:   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. 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. 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....

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

  • The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Tribal Court is seeking a summer judicial clerk. This will be an unpaid clerkship unless the candidate receives payment through an external source. LTBB is an Indian tribe located in Emmet County, Michigan. The Tribe’s Reservation encompasses the beautiful waters of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. The Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction hearing cases including, but not limited to: criminal, civil, specialty courts, eviction and child welfare cases. The Tribal Court is looking for applications from students interested in working on a huge variety of legal issues. No prior Indian law classes are required, but a genuine interest in Indian law and strong legal research and writing skills are necessary. The following are examples of projects and work typically done by LTBB’s summer clerks:  Observing Specialty Court hearings; Researching Domestic Violence programs that can be integrated into the Tribal Court; Research and writing for the Tribal Court; Research and writing for the Appellate Court; Reviewing novel procedural and constitutional issues; Assessing, reviewing, and writing court rules and/or court procedures; Working with other units of Tribal Government; Working on child welfare/juvenile matters and cases. There are significant cultural events and activities occurring on the Reservation the Tribal Court allows time for and encourages our summer clerks to be involved in Tribal functions, events, and activities, as well as activities in the outlying community. Our clerks attend community activities, sacred fires and feasts, learn how to cut sweet grass and birch bark and participate in a variety of traditional activities. We assist students in locating appropriate and affordable summer housing. We are a family-friendly employer. Please email cover letters and resumes to Jody Gasco at jgasco@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.  We will request transcripts and writing samples for people we are interested in interviewing....

  • 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.… Read More...

  • The Enrollment staff is in the process of mailing post cards in preparation of the 2021 Tribal Directory. 2021 Tribal Directory Announcement Form...

  • The Election Board is seeking two community members to serve as official Poll Sitters for the 2021 Election Days. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be LTBB Tribal Members or related to any election candidates. Details and application are available on the Election Board webpage....

  • Call to Election packet mailing are available on the Election Board webpage The Call to Election Packet includes: LTBB 2021 Call to Election Notice Nomination Application Nomination Petition Criminal Background Authorization Form Candidate Financial Disclosure Form Candidate Statement Guidelines for 2021 and a Voter Registration Form....

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

  • 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...

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  • 1.315 Bail or Conditions of Release Amended LTBB RCP 1.315 06-24-2020 Read More...