Being Odawa is all about freedom.  The Freedom to be a part of a people who, with integrity and pride, still have and speak our own language.  The freedom to share in common with all other Odawak the customs, culture, and spirituality of our ancestors.  The freedom we have today we will bring to the future through unity, education, justice, communication, and planning.  We will reach out to the next seven generations by holding to cultural values of Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth.  We will utilize our Tribal assets to provide the necessary tools to become successful, hard-working community members who proudly represent our culture.  With these values we will move the Tribe forward.

Anishinaabemowin Interpretation of LTBB Mission Statement:
Debendiziwin aawan maanda Odawa aawiing.  Geyaabi gdaa’aanaa miinwaa gdanwewmi Anishinaabemowin, maanda egishkaago’iing debendiziwin ebidgwasiing mnaadendiziwin miinwaa wiimnaadendiziyiing.  Gdabendaanaa debendiziwin kina gwaya Odawak naasaap eyaamjik, maanda naakinigewinan, maadiziwin miinwaa mnidoowaadiziwin gaanaaniigaaniijik debendamowaad. Maanda debendiziwin eyaamiing nangwa, kanimaajiidonaa niigaan ezhibezhigoyiing, kinoomaadwin, dbaakinigewin, giigidowin miinwaa naakinigewin.  Kazhiibiignaketaanaa maanda niizhwaachiing bimaadiziwin waabii’aamigak mjignamiing ninda mnomaadiziwinan echipiitendaakin: nbwaakaawin, zaagidwin, mnaadendamowin, aakde’ewin, gwekwaadiziwin, dbaadendiziwin miinwaa debwewin.  Kanakaazinaa ninda gdabendaaswinaanin, jimiigwe’iing nakaazwinan jimnomewzi’iing, enitaanokiijik maampii Anishinaabek enaapshkaamwaad maanda gbimaadziwinaa.  Ninda eyaamiing echipiitendaakin, miigo kina gwaya maampii enjibaad jiniigaanibizad.

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07/13/2018 7:57 AM

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Election Board Work Session - 5:00 PM

Election Board Meeting - 9:00 AM

AFC Meeting - 9:00 AM
Council Chambers

Citizenship Comm. Mtg. - 1:00 PM
Room 118


05/07/18 - 2018 Odawa Homecoming
2018 Homecoming Flier | 2018 Junior Miss Odawa Flier | 2018 Miss Odawa | Junior Miss Odawa Registration Kit | Miss Odawa Registration Kit | PW Canopy Policies | Trader Application | Trader Rules

07/12/18 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

07/12/18 - SEEDS is looking to host a CNC academy at the government building. The academy would be 2-3 days and provide an opportunity to learn more about CNC in a hands-on setting. To help identify the interest level and structure, we are kindly asking for just a few moments of your time to complete the survey.
Please feel free to share to other LTBB households who you feel would be interested.

07/09/18 - Tribal Council is looking to fill the following Gaming Enterprise Board terms:
(2) positions where the 3-year terms have already expired.
(2) positions whose terms will expire on September 3, 2018.
(1) position whose term will expire on September 30, 2018.
Waganakising Odawak Statute 2015-009 mandates that the purpose of the Board is to monitor, and provide oversight, and direction regarding the management of the Odawa Casino Resort. The Board is charged with maximizing both the Revenues and associated EBITDA while also maximizing employment opportunities for Tribal Citizens. The Board shall consist of persons with business and gaming experience, including both Tribal Citizens and others.
To serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board a person must possess the following seven (7) minimum qualifications and must be licensed under the Tribe’s Gaming Regulatory Ordinance.
Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Hospitality; or in a related discipline; and
A minimum of three (3) years successful work experience in a senior management position in the field of business administration, public administration, hotel management, accounting, finance or law, preferably with specialized knowledge and expertise relevant to the gaming industry; or
A minimum of six (6) years of gaming work experience; and

  • Leadership qualities, shows good judgment, is approachable and team oriented; and
  • No person can serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board who is an elected official of LTBB;
  • No person can serve on the Gaming Enterprise Board who is employed by any Gaming Enterprise of LTBB; and
  • No person shall serve as a Gaming Enterprise Board member, who is within seven (7) years of completion of a sentence or probation upon being convicted of a felony in Tribal, State, or Federal Court, unless such conviction has been vacated or overturned; and
  • No person shall serve as a Gaming Enterprise Board member who is on a Security Ban from the Gaming Enterprise or who has been banned in the last two (2) years, unless the ban is a self-imposed ban.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume’ to the Legislative Office at 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs MI 49740 or email

07/02/18 - Official Election Board Notice

07/08/18 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

06/21/18 - Publication Notice
In accordance with WOS #2006-001, Notice is hereby given that a Petition has been filed, LTBB of Odawa Indians Tribal Court Case No : NC-016-0618 and Tribal Court Ordered that Tammy Sue Barnadyn has legally changed her name to Tammy Sue Willis .  This notice will be published in the Odawa Trails newsletter for two (2) consecutive months and in the Odawa Register on the Tribe’s website.
Date:  June 21, 2018

06/12/18 - Tribal Council is pleased to announce that Tribal Council Work Sessions and Open Meetings will be accessible to Tribal Citizens through Adobe Connect which is located in the Citizen’s Portal link, on the front page of the Tribal website. Please follow the instructions in order to gain access into a Citizen’s only portal. What you will find are individual Live-Stream Links for access to the “Appropriations and Finance Committee” meetings, “Land and Reservation Committee” meetings, “Tribal Council Work Sessions” and “Tribal Council Meetings”, all of which are specifically designated for our Tribal Citizens access.

06/05/18 - Tribal Council is looking to fill 4-yr term from September 21, 2018 - September 21, 2022 for the Traditional Tribal Burial Board Corporate Charter, Inc. The purpose of this Corporation is to manage the Traditional Tribal Burial Grounds as provided by Waganakising Odawak Statute 2009-018 Traditional Tribal Burial Grounds, through approved regulations, as a self-sustaining non-profit entity.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume’ to the Legislative Office 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs MI 49740.

06/04/18 - LIHEAP is Closed / Out of Funds

06/01/18 - Today I will begin taking registration forms for the Michigan Indian Family Olympics! I have attached the Registration Form for your convenience. Please take the time to read the Odawa Trails May and June 2018 Issues, which have all pertinent details regarding MIFO, such as contact/registration information, event specifics, and requirements.
Attached, you will also find schedules for Marlene Gasco, Community Wellness Advocate, who is hosting MIFO practices called “Move It Monday with Marlene”. As you can see by her calendar, she also has great opportunities to get you moving!!  If you would like assistance with an exercise plan, you may contact Marlene Gasco or Regina Brubacker-Carver to get the ball rolling.
The Mnozhiyaa Department is EXCITED to annouce our very own, Billi Jo Head, who works with the REACH Grant, is providing some wonderful incentives to encourage physical activity. As you can see by the flyer, each time you attend a “Move It Monday with Marlene” (MIFO Practice) and for every event you participate in at MIFO, then your name will be entered into a drawing for items, such as fitbits, hammocks, and bullet blenders. The “Lucky Draw” will be held at the MIFO event on Friday, July 20th and you must be present to win!
For those of you interested in the Tribe to Tribe Challenge, I have attached that flyer as well. As shown below from the 2017 statistics, it is easy to see those points really help out with the Michigan Indian Family Olympics. Let’s keep up the impressive work for this year!
MIFO Incentive Flyer | MIFO Registration | MIFO Save the Date | MIFO Practice Flyer | MRG Calendar | Tribe 2 Tribe 2018

06/01/18 - Today, June 1st, kicks off the first day of the Summer Reading Challenge . Youth & teens can track their time they spend reading on the attached reading log. Adults have a reading BINGO card to fill. Readers who turn in forms by the deadline, July 23rd, can earn prizes and chances for raffle drawings.
Please see attached flyer and forms. Youth/teen registration information can also be phoned or emailed to the Cultural Library.
Flyer | Registration Form | Reading Log | Adult Bingo

The Emergency Fund is now Closed.

05/14/18 - Publication Notice
In accordance with WOS #2006-001, Notice is hereby given that a Petition has been filed, LTBB of Odawa Indians Tribal Court Case No : NC-015-0418 and Tribal Court Ordered that Jordan Elizabeth Karlis has legally changed her name to Jordan Elizabeth Shananaquet . This notice will be published in the Odawa Trails newsletter for two (2) consecutive months and on the Tribe’s website.
Date:  May 14, 2018

05/10/18 - The LTBB Health Department is excited to announce that PRC is now able to cover Chiropractic Care! We are partnering with Pateman Chiropractic in Petoskey, MI to provide chiropractic services to our patients. Contact your physician at the LTBB Clinic to see if chiropractic care is right for you! (231) 242-1700.

05/02/18 - Spring is finally here , and if you’re like me, you are probably enjoying the warm weather.  Unfortunately there is a downside to the warmth – tick season is here already!  Just this morning a Tribal Member brought in a tick for identification.  He had found it on himself this week and had had it removed before he brought it in.
Fortunately, a few precautions can reduce your risk of getting bit by ticks or contracting the diseases they sometimes carry.  The attached information was also sent out last year, but I am sending it out again as a reminder.  They give a good explanation of what to look out for and how to prevent tick bites.  I have also included an updated map of risk for Lyme Disease.  As you can see, Emmet County has not had any confirmed cases of lyme disease, but Charlevoix County has.
MI 5 Common Ticks | MI Tick Guide | Tick Article June 2017

05/01/18 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

04/30/18 - CSBG is now Open

04/26/18 - We are excited to announce the addition of the Hearing Aid Assistance Program under the Health Department! This program is available to all LTBB members that have a medical necessity for hearing aids, regardless of where you live. This program is not limited to just elders, all ages may apply.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Beth Polasky at (231) 242-1600.
You can find the new form here:
Then click on Health Sevices

04/26/18 - We are pleased to announce the addition of the Elder’s Dental Services Program under the Health Department! This program is to assist LTBB elders in paying for dental work that may need to be done to maintain their quality of life and nutrition. There is assistance available regardless of where you live.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please call Beth Polasky @ (231) 242-1600.
You can find the new form here:
Then click on Health Sevices

04/04/18 - Odawa Economic Development Management Intern
OEDMI seeks the services of an Intern in the Accounting, Economic or Business field(s) to assist the Board of Directors with day-to-day and other assigned duties for the corporation.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for up to $600,000 to aid Tribes in housing construction, housing rehabilitation, housing infrastructure, land acquisition to support new housing, homeownership assistance, public facilities and improvements including infrastructure, economic development, and microenterprise programs. LTBB is applying for these funds to develop and build Phase 1 of a Community Wellness Center on the LTBB Campus. This project will be completed in multiple phases. Phase 1 focuses on fitness/wellness rooms and classes as well as locker rooms with showers.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact Direct Services Administrator, Phil Harmon at or (231) 242-1421 .

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians to Deliver Over $3.7 Million to State and Local Governments. Click here for full statement

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