News and Announcements Archive

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • 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… Read More...

  • COVID-19 reopening plan for LTBB Tribal Court Read More...

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