January 2020

Winter came early this year,  and there is a foot of snow outside the office. It remains a very busy schedule within the government.

The annual Elder’s Christmas Party and Children’s Christmas Party were both held and were a success. I want to thank the Elder’s Committee for a great job on the the Elder’s party. I want to thank Mary Thomas for her work on the Children’s party. Miigwetch!

Recent meetings have included the Partners In Action Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota hosted by the regional BIA Office. The meeting gives Tribes a chance to meet individually with BIA staff representatives. For the first time since becoming Ogema, I attended my first G2E Conference held in Las Vegas. Interesting with many new items related to gaming.

The Tribal/State Summit was held in Mount Pleasant in which the Tribes of Michigan had the opportunity to meet with Michigan’s Governor and again, discuss issues important to Tribes. We thank Governor Whitmer for continuing to hold the Tribal/State Summits. The good news is that we now have a full-funded Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Program thanks to this administration!

As one of the CORA Tribes in Michigan, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continues to participate in ongoing negotiations with our 2020 Compact. The meetings are held in various locations throughout the State.

We have also held our annual Ogema Meet and Greet and Fall Membership Meeting along with the Elder’s Conference within the last couple of months.

Our Muskegon Casino Project continues to move forward but it seems to move very slow although interest seems to be picking up and it is hopeful that we will be able to announce some movement at the Federal level soon.

Hopefully, winter is good to us and the holidays are safe. Please take care.

08.18.19- Ogema Romanelii’s response to the recent post by a Tribal Member

Chief and council take drug, alcohol testing to model clean lifestyle – Kaitlynn Nordal | June 25, 2019

I am and have been supportive of this. I have been tested at least a couple of times since becoming Ogema and have no problem doing so again. I believe if we are going to ask our employees to be tested we should be willing to  do so ourselves.

Also, as I stated at yesterday’s Tribal Council Meeting, I am keeping a daily work log and have been for about a week to show that I work at least 40 hours week. I am willing to share with any member that wishes to see it. I am  not going to post it, but anyone can come to me and ask to review it. I will continue to do so at least until the next Membership Meeting. -Ogema Larry Romanelli


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