Hi Everyone!!
Welcome to the Education Department homepage.

Below you will find a number of educational benefits each enrolled tribal citizen may apply for, as well as, instructions, qualification requirements, mailing addresses, etc.

LRBOI Student Services:
Please read the following list to determine student services eligibility.

  1. Is the applicant a citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians?
  2. Do you know the Tribal ID # of the applicant?
    • If you do not know the Tribal ID #, please call the Enrollment office to obtain the number and ID card.
  3. Is your current address, the address Enrollment Department has on file?
    • The applicant’s address must be current with the Enrollment Department in order to obtain funding with the Education Department.
  4. Is the applicant enrolled in school?
  5. Is the applicant between the ages 3-19 years old?

If the answer is YES to these 5 eligibility requirements, please choose from the application(s) below.

School Clothing-Activities Application – [$500.00]

Provides tribal citizens between the ages of 3-19 a budgeted amount of funds to assist with purchasing school clothes, or participating in an life enrichment activity.

      • The School Clothing-Activities application is the most important application to file; it acts as your registration form for all other services.
        • You cannot receive any other funding without returning this application.
      • This application may also be used for requesting any Activities Funds.
        • If you are not ready to claim the activities funds, but make that selection, you can print the application labeled “Activities” below for requesting later.

Activities Application – Provides parents of tribal citizens with reimbursement, or payment of invoice/bill, for recreational and/or school activities; this includes, but not limited to, sports, band, camps, and regalia making.

  • The amount available for activities funds ($250 or $500) is dependent on the choice you make on the School Clothing-Activities application.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please print and fill out application.
    1. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

 

  1. Mail application to:
    LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
    ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
    2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
  1. Make sure to include the school clothing receipts from the previous year.
  2. Using a mailing service that will provide a tracking number, and even requiring a signature for delivery, is encouraged when mailing in both the registration form and receipts.
    1. Please mail only copies of the receipts in case the mail service loses or damages your receipts during delivery.

Senior Expenses (one time only) – Reimburses funds to graduating tribal citizen high school seniors, for payment of:

Senior Pictures Application – [$200.00]

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Please print and fill out application.
a. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

Mail application to:
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
MANISTEE, MI 49660

  1. If you need the photography studio paid directly, and it is not a reimbursement for photos already purchased, please have the photography studio fill out this W9 and include it with the application. It will place them in our system as a vendor, and allows us to have a check issued to them directly.
  2. Using a mailing service that will provide a tracking number, and even requiring a signature for delivery, is encouraged when mailing in both the application, W9 (if needed) and receipts.
    1. Please mail only copies of the receipts in case the mail service loses or damages your receipts during delivery.

Announcements/Cap and Gown Application – [$125.00]

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please print and fill out application.
    1. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

 

  1. Mail application to:

LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE.
MANISTEE, MI 49660

  1. If you need the business paid directly, and is not a reimbursement for graduation items already purchased, please have the business fill out this W9 and include it with the application. It will place the business in our system as a vendor, and allows us to have a check issued to them directly.
  2. Using a mailing service that will provide a tracking number, and even requiring a signature for delivery, is encouraged when mailing in both the application, W9 (if needed) and receipts.
    1. Please mail only copies of the receipts in case the mail service loses or damages your receipts during delivery.

Class Ring Application – [$100.00]

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please print and fill out application.
    1. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

 

  1. Mail application to:

LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE.
MANISTEE, MI 49660

  1. If you need the business paid directly, and it is not a reimbursement for a class ring already purchased, please have the business fill out this W9 and include it with the application. It will place them in our system as a vendor, and allows us to have a check issued to them directly.
  2. Using a mailing service that will provide a tracking number, and even requiring a signature for delivery, is encouraged when mailing in both the application, W9 (if needed) and receipts.
    1. Please mail only copies of the receipts in case the mail service loses or damages your receipts during delivery.

 

 

Driver’s Education Application – [$250.00]

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please print and fill out application.
    1. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

 

  1. Mail application to:

LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE.
MANISTEE, MI 49660

  1. If you need the business paid directly, and it is not a reimbursement for a driver’s training already purchased, please have the business fill out this W9 and include it with the application. It will place them in our system as a vendor, and allows us to have a check issued to them directly.
  2. Using a mailing service that will provide a tracking number, and even requiring a signature for delivery, is encouraged when mailing in both the application, W9 (if needed) and receipts.
    1. Please mail only copies of the receipts in case the mail service loses or damages your receipts during delivery.

 

Computer Program Application – [$1000.00]

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please print and fill out application.
    1. Please do not leave blank sections on the application or it will not be processed.

 

  1. Mail application to:

LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
ATTN: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
2608 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE.
MANISTEE, MI 49660

Senior Expense funds are available for each student to claim one-time-only.

Educational Activities

In addition to the Tribal Education Programs listed on this website, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Education Department also provides a number of educational activities for Tribal children. While some funding limits these activities to enrolled Tribal members only, most often anyone is welcome to attend. Please watch the Little River Currents for detailed information about the events and activities, and keep an eye on your mailbox for flyers and applications for some of these activities. As always, if you hear about an event or activity and have questions about it, please feel free to contact the Education Department.

Education Department Programs

  • Higher Education ScholarshipApplication
    This Scholarship is available to any enrolled tribal citizen who is attending a non-profit accredited college or university, has applied for all other available financial aid, and shows unmet need. Summer semester is currently not an eligible semester for this scholarship.
  • College Book Stipend ProgramApplication
    Enrolled tribal citizens attending a non-profit accredited college or university, depending on the number of credits for which they are enrolled, may receive $200, $300, or $500 to assist in purchasing college textbooks and supplies per semester. This program should be viewed as a reimbursement program as it is not always possible for a student to receive a Book Stipend check before they need to purchase their books. Please print the application in color and submit the original application, not a photocopy.
  • Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW)Application
    The MITW is not a tribal program, but the Education Department, in combination with the Enrollment Department will process the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver application for eligible tribal members. Those eligible are ¼ or more blood quantum, 12-month residents of Michigan, and attending a public college or university in Michigan. The MITW covers tuition only. Make sure to include a copy of your Michigan Drivers License or State of Michigan ID, Tribal ID, and if you choose, a copy of your Social Security Card.
  • Vocational Education Assistance ProgramApplication
    This assistance is available to any enrolled tribal citizen who is attending a state agency approved or accredited vocational/technical program, has applied for all other available financial aid, and shows unmet need. This award can provide up to $4,000 per semester/term/program. Please contact the Education Department to determine if the school you are considering will qualify.
  • Tutoring Assistance ProgramApplication
    This program provides up to $500 to assist with the costs of a qualified and approved tutor for enrolled tribal citizens that meet program eligibility requirements. There are a limited number of tutoring assistance grants per year which will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis to eligible applicants. The Education Department asks that all tribal citizens access any free tutoring programs available in your area through the school, our department, or other agencies.
    Program eligibility requirements: Elementary students must be functioning at one grade level or more below grade level in reading and/or math. Middle school and high school student must be failing two or more classes.
    Tutor qualification requirements: Tutors for tutees in elementary school must have completed one year of full time college level courses that must include a math course and a teaching reading course. Tutors for tutees in high school and middle school must have completed one year of full time college level courses that must include at least on college level course in the subject area for which they will be tutoring.
    Documentation for program eligibility requirements and tutor qualification requirements must be submitted with application.