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Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan

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With more than 2,600 members spread across the country, the band is looking to bring some back to the area. It has been buying up property in Mason and Manistee counties, relocating tribal offices and starting a new manufacturing business. It also is putting finishing touches on a joint business venture with other Northern Michigan tribes. "This is where the tribe was," Ogema Bob Guenthardt said. "We hope to attract tribal members back home. About 200 of them live in the Manistee area. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa are set to join in a venture to build modular homes in the Eastlake area where the Little River Band owns the 42,000-square-foot former Clark Equipment plant. The units would be sold as homes or used as rentals throughout northern Michigan.

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