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Grand Traverse Band

Natural Resources Department

3505 Putnam Road Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Main Line: (231) 534-7500

Fax: (231) 534-7576

Email: NRD@gtbindians.com

To protect and enhance the natural resources and environment entrusted to us by the Creator for managed and respected utilization by Anishinabek for past, present, and future generations.


 Natural Resources & Environmental Committee
Vacancy Seats Open
Please submit your letter of interest to the Natural Resources Department.
For questions or concerns please call the Natural Resources Department at 231-534-7500.


Renewal Stickers 2021-2022

 All GTB Hunting, Fishing, Gathering & Trapping Licenses expire April 1st

 Please call or email the Natural Resources Department for your 2021/2022 renewal sticker.

 Make sure your information is up to date, so you don’t miss out on any of your Treaty Rights information and opportunities.

 Note: We do not have a shared database with Membership so information will need to be changed with us as well.


Immediate Ban on Deer Baiting, Feeding, and Attractants

Due to the recent spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into the 1836 treaty ceded territory, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council, upon the recommendation of the Natural Resources and Environmental Committee and the Natural Resources Department, has issued an immediate ban on the use of baiting, feeding, or other chemical attractants for deer. Information on CWD can be found at www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Natural Resources Department in person, or by telephone at 231-534-7500.


NRD Press Release 11 30 17




The Ottaway - A River Reborn

A Documentary Film featuring the Boardman Restoration Project and members of the Grand Traverse Band.

Click the Image above or the link below to view.

For Website go to- http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/the-ottaway-a-river-reborn/

The Boardman Ottaway River Fish Passage Resolution


Natural Resources Department Services



  • Soil Erosion Permits (On Tribal Land)
  • Surface Water Quality Analysis
  • Indoor Air Quality Inspection
  • Household Radon Test Kits
  • Glass, Plastic, Cardboard Recycling Bins located adjacent to Eagletown Market
  • Household Compost Bins
  • Phase I Contamination Surveys
  • Wetland Delineation


  • Produce, review, and implement policies and regulation booklets for Inland Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing Rights as recommended by the Natural Resources and Environment Committee
  • Issue Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, and Gathering Licenses and permits
  • Issue special use permits; disabled Tribal hunter permits, special needs subsistence/ceremonial permits, and road kill special use permits
  • Issue and manage the distribution of fish spearing and netting permits for specially regulated seasons/methods
  • Register inland boat/snowmobile/ORV
  • Issue Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore access passes
  • Issue Huron-Manistee National Forest access passes
  • Issue camping permits, firewood permits, among other permits authorizing Tribal Member resource use on USFS and State lands
  • Conduct annual License Holder Survey
  • Develop and foster working relationships with Federal and State agencies to improve management efficiency, develop resource use agreements, and improve productive communication with other resource management agencies
  • Conduct wildlife harvest monitoring; including deer check stations, furbearer registrations, and other special inspections of harvested fish and game
  • Conduct fisheries and wildlife habitat surveys, inventories, and assessments
  • Maintenance of the Tribal Repository/Exercise of American Indian Religious Freedom Act
  • GPS Mapping and Technical Assistance
  • Plant, Insect, and Fish Identification
  • Grant writing and administration for resource protection, restoration, and enhancement projects with particular emphasis on collaborative projects


  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Scuba Diving (Advanced Open Water)
  • Underwater search and recovery

The Natural Resource Department provides this list of services to citizens. If you have any questions, please stop in or call us at 231-534-7500.

Natural Resources & Environmental Committee (NREC) Meetings Notice

Hunting Regulations 2009 (Current)

Hunting/Fishing/Gathering/Trapping License Application

Memo Marina Garbage Lock Key


2013 Natural Resources Department Presentation