LTBB COVID-19 Information And Cancellations

Executive Emergency Order - In coordination and consultation with Tribal Council, to protect the health and safety of Tribal citizens and the public, I declare a State of Emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately to remain in place until further notice. Read Full Order...

Please stay up to date regarding updates to our business status by following us on Facebook and check in regularly on our COVID-19 page .
Please be well and follow all CDC best practices for protecting health during this pandemic.

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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Updated: 01/26/2021 4:21 PM

Upcoming Meetings
Full Calendar

Tribal Council Meeting - 9:00 AM

Special Appropriations and Finance Committee Meeting - 9:00 AM

Tribal Burial Board Meeting - 9:00 AM

News and Announcements

Election Board Fax machine is temporarily out of order until further notice.

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 .

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

01/19/2021 - 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.

01/18/2021 - Legislative Documents Posted for Comment Updated

01/08/2021 - Executive Documents for Comment Updated

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 .

2022 Budget Formulation Process Calendar

Executive Town Hall Meetings
We now have the past 4 recorded meetings online. To watch them, Click Here .

COVID-19 Vaccine arrives at LTBB
The initial round of COVID-19 Vaccines has been received by LTBB and the administration of the vaccines started today!
The availability of the vaccine signals the beginning of the end of this pandemic we have endured through 2020. While this won’t be a quick fix, it is a relief to be working towards a solution rather than just reacting and trying to prevent the virus from infecting our community.
Tom Sandison, Chief Pharmacist, and Jody Werner, Health Director, drove to Sault Ste. Marie last night, escorted by Tribal Police Sergeant Mike Givens and Officer Ryan Roberts.
The vaccines were delivered by Indian Health Services (IHS) staff via Coast Guard helicopter. These vaccines are from Pfizer, and are being administered to Health Department staff, who have been identified as the first priority for vaccines across the country. Our Medical Director, Dr. Terry Samuels, was the first recipient of the vaccine! All 35 doses will be completed by this Friday, December 16th. The booster vaccine for these employees will arrive the first week of January and be given to the same 35 employees.
The COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out in a phased approach, based on the availability from the manufacturers. The LTBB COVID-19 Vaccination plan was released earlier and shows the order of groups that will be offered the vaccine over the coming months as they become available.
We have not been told when our second round of vaccines will arrive, but as they do, we will keep the community informed. We are also doing outreach to community members to ask if you are interested in getting the vaccine. If you want to get the vaccine, we will ask a few questions and place you on the list in your priority group and then contact you again when we receive the vaccine and can schedule you an appointment to be vaccinated.
Additionally, we have set up an LTBB COVID-19 Information Line, where community members can call to ask questions about the vaccine and can also let us know you are interested in getting the vaccine and you will be placed on our list of people who want the vaccines. That information line is (231) 242-1780 and will be answered during LTBB Government hours. Anyone leaving a message will receive a follow up call.
Many COVID-19 Vaccine information resources are available on the CDC website and we encourage you to visit this site and learn more.
Attached are pictures of the vaccination pick up and our first vaccinations completed today.
Here’s to a healthy holiday for all of you!

Presentations from Today's Executive Townhall
LTBB DHS Presentation | LTBB Food Distribution Program | Social Services Power Point | Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) PPT | Town Hall General Assistance Overview

The LTBB Department of Commerce would like to share an additional grant opportunity for eligible, Michigan small businesses: the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative. Here is the link to the program information: . The application opens today (12/15/2020) at 9:00am and will be reviewed on a “first-in” basis. There is a total of $10 million in available funds for eligible small businesses. Although this is NOT an LTBB program, the LTBB Department of Commerce can be reached at 231.242.1584 or if you have any questions.

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

Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation - Admin Assistant Job Posting.

Living Wage Memo
Per Tribal Resolution #102619-05 Promotion of a Living Wage, the calculations for the Living Wage are as follows: Living Wage Memo 120820

11/18/2020 - COVID Pause Community Education Materials. These are easy to understand plain language materials that include information on maintaining the integrity of a Social Pod during the pandemic,  holding Safe Social Gatherings, and finally, an easy to understand infographic that describes Michigan's COVID Pause (what's open/what's not).
ITCM has posted these materials on our FB page at or @InterTribalCouncilMichigan for you to easily share on your social media pages. These materials are available on our ITCM COVID page at .

11/13/2020 - Our Dietitian Charla Gordon received some kind words from one of our elders , letting her know that those conversations at the Elder’s luncheons were really appreciated and truly missed!
Charla wants to keep those lines of communication open. Attached you will find the information that she would have discussed with the Elders this month, along with additional recipes and information.
For those of you who would like to discuss with Charla for a more specialized service, she is available to meet via Zoom! Contact information is included in the attached Dietitian Flyer!
Dietitian Flyer | Baked Apples | MedDietBrochure | Easy Pizza Casserole Mediterranean Style | Mediterranean Diet for Beginners | Mediterranean Diet Shopping List | Elder's Talk - Med Diet LTBB Style

11/04/2020 - Aanii Citizens, As the Executive recommendation for the Tribal Government building is to limit as much in person contact time in office as possible the Tribal Council Office will function in full service offsite as staff works from home. Please know that our staff is fully equipped to continue to provide the best communication and services on behalf of our Citizens. In addition to working offsite, and as in person contact is by appointment only, please also know that I will be your point person should you need to set up an in person appointment. Contact will be held outside of the building at an acceptable social distance with mandatory mask wearing by both parties. Additionally, though our office phones transfer to our cell phones, you may also contact my cell number 231-881-8704 directly for communication purposes to further ensure you are receiving the assistance you need.
Miigwech for your understanding and stay safe.
Michele Portman-LaCount
Legislative Office Manager

10/23/2020 - Aanii Citizens, please find attached a copy of the Appropriation of Funds for the 2021 Fiscal Year Operating Budgets approved by Tribal Council on October 22, 2020.
102220-02 Appropriation of Funds for the 2021 FY Operating Budgets

09/11/2020 - Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan 2021-2024 Draft posted for public comment

09/03/2020 - Copper Ammunition Swap
NRD has a limited supply of Copper ammunition available to swap their lead ammunition for. So please let our tribal hunters know that we have safe ammunition available to swap out for their toxic lead ammunition. I have put together some facts about the dangers of lead ammunition as well as a link for FAQS.
There is no safe level of lead. On impact, lead bullets lose a apportion of their weight, spreading toxic fragments into game meat and into gut piles that are left behind.
Lead is a poisonous metal that has already been removed from paint, gasoline, and plumbing. So why not remove it from ammunition to keep it out of our food?
It is recommended that pregnant women and children should avoid eating games shot with lead ammunition. Using non lead ammunition removes risk. Even small amounts of lead can affect the nervous system, cause anemia and increase blood pressure. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning it can parentally lower IQ and cause learning disabilities and aggressive behavior.
Repeated exposure to the toxic metal causes a raft of health problems including brain damage, high blood pressure, and anemia. Lead is found in bullets as well as the explosive that ignites gunpowder. When a bullet is fired, it gets so hot that that lead actually vaporizes.
Bald eagles and other animals are poisoned when they eat lead fragments in carcasses and gut piles. Scavengers will feed in groups and many species will share one carcass. One carcass can poison multiple birds and other animals.
Recent studies find that animals such as Bald Eagles are dying from lead poisoning and have higher lead levels during hunting season than any other time of year. Apparently, they are encountering lead through the remnants of bullets left behind in unclaimed animal remains.  This leftover lead can also be a problem for people in the form of contaminated meat brought back from the hunt.
The dangers associated with lead have inspired some ammunition companies to look for safer alternatives, and some ammunition companies have begun producing copper bullets. They hold together better and they don’t leave behind a toxic residue.
We have had some bald eagles found sick with lead poisoning on our reservation. So this is a problem here and this is something that we can all work on to protect our environment, its creatures and ourselves.

08/24/2020 - The LTBB Department of Commerce (DOC) would like to share information about an available grant program: stabilization grants being offered through the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This is a grant opportunity in which 28 Native-owned small businesses will be selected to receive $5,000 to help with certain business needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding has not yet been exhausted, so applications are still being accepted at this time. Below is a link to the NCAI website where the grant information is discussed. You will also find the link to apply on that page as well. Although this is not an LTBB program, DOC is available to help if you have any questions on this. Please call 231.242.1584 or email with any questions. Here is the link to the grant information: . Miigwech.

1.315 Bail or Conditions of Release
Amended LTBB RCP 1.315 06-24-2020

At arraignment, the Court shall address the issue of bail/bond and decide whether the defendant should be released on their own recognizance, or be required to post a cash or surety bond with the Court, and if so, designate the amount. The Court shall also determine whether any conditions of release are appropriate to the case, and order same. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
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LTBB Tribal Court Administrative Order
Administrative Order 06-24-2020-05

12/09/19 - FAQ for the Medicare premium reimbursement program.

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