Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are located in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, with headquarters centered in Petoskey. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa were not accorded the opportunity to participate in the Indian Reorganization Act Activities of the mid 1930s and in federal practice, lost their status as a federally recognized United States Tribe. Their long struggle to rectify this deliberate omission was finally corrected in September, 1994 when they received “affirmation of their federal tribal status”, pursuant to federal congressional legislation, P.L. 103-324. The majority of tribal population lives in the towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix. These three communities are all well to do, with many years-around recreational activities. Most employment centers on tourism business. Part of Petoskey (Bay Shore Association) is listed in the Historic Federal Register, for their turn of the century summer homes, for the elite of Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids.