The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) has vast significant historical ties to Muskegon County and the largest tribal population resides in the region. The 1855 Treaty created a reservation in Muskegon County. Since LRBOI has a long rich history in Muskegon County, the Tribe is proposing to build a casino in its hometown to bring economic development to Muskegon and a steady stream of revenue to the State of Michigan.
The Little River Band traditionally used lands for hunting, cultivating and gathering. Prior to the 1855 Treaty, our people inhabited village sites from the Manistee River south to the Grand River, in the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We lived along Lake Michigan, including Muskegon County. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians had its status as a federally recognized Indian tribe reaffirmed and restored by the United States in 1994.
Reaffirmed as Federally Recognized Tribe in 1994
- LRBOI has a long-standing history of strong tribal leadership and the full support of our tribal membership.
- 4,200 enrolled members.
- LRBOI has a tribal responsibility for 9 counties stretching from Manistee south to Muskegon.
Strong Presence in Muskegon Region
The Little River Band’s current Indian Health Services designated Contract Health Service Delivery Area includes 9 counties, stretching from Manistee to Muskegon.
More than 660 LRBOI citizens reside Muskegon County.
Operate a Muskegon Tribal office.
Tribal Ogema and all current elected leadership has Muskegon roots.