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Grand Traverse Band Conservation Department

3505 N Putnam Rd

Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Great Lakes and Inland Enforcement


Waters in the Consent Decree of August 8, 2000 and the Inland Fishing, Gathering, Hunting and Trapping in the Inland Consent Decree Entered November 7, 2007.

Tribal members engaged in any of the activity covered in the Consent Decree of August 8, 2000 and the Inland Consent Decree entered on November 7, 2007 are regulated by the rules and regulations adopted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and

Chippewa Indians. Enforcement agreements have been entered with the other member Tribes of the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority to extend authority over these designated Tribes. The Treaty Ceded Territory and Treaty Ceded Waters encompass

forty-two counties of Upper and Lower Michigan.

The Department is mandated by the Consent decree to participate in eight scheduled Joint Law Enforcement patrols throughout the Treaty Ceded Waters of the Great Lakes. We are also mandated to participate in a minimum of four Joint Law Enforcement
Committee meetings throughout the year.

We are mandated by BIA Minimum Standards to qualify semiannually with department issued firearms. Obtain a minimum of forty hours of Conservation Enforcement related training annually. The department remains on a 24 hour “On Call” duty status for enforcement related activity throughout the Treaty Ceded Territory of Michigan and the Waters of the Great Lakes.



  • Hunting Fishing Trapping Gathering Permits
  • Deer Tags
  • Turkey Tags
  • Special Use Permits
  • Regulation Booklets• Spearing Permits
  • Inland Boat/Snowmobile/ORV Registration
  • Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore Passes
  • Manistee National Forest Passes
  • Deer Check Station
  • Tribal Repository
  • GPS Mapping & Technical Assistance
  • Plant, Bug and Fish Identification

Commercial Great Lakes Fishing

  • CORA Vessel Registration
  • Fisheries Habitat Surveys
  • Issue Commercial Fishing Licenses
  • Captain
  • Helper
  • Subsistence
  • Issue Vessel Observer Permits
  • Operate and Maintain the Tribe’s Arthur Duhamel (Peshawbestown) and Beaver’s Landing (St. James)

Commercial Marinas

  • Dockage
  • Electricity
  • Ice
  • Provide “Seasonal Fisher Loans”

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