Female Cultural Resource Advisor
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court
Miigwaans Smith is the Female Cultural Resource Advisor for Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) Tribal Court. She began working there in September of 2022 in the Waabishkii Miigwan Drug Court Program (WMDCP) and the Family Preservation Court. WMDCP is an adult drug court program focused on implementing culture and language as prevention for clients with substance use and mental health disorders. LTBB’s Family Preservation Court has been active for the past year helping struggling families. She has worked with children in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe involved in the SAMHSA Federal Grant, Project Aware with First Lady Jill Biden, in providing cultural knowledge and teachings for healing with at-risk youth. Miigwanns completed two years at Central Michigan University and played for the Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Team and plans on continuing her degree in counseling specializing in youth studies this fall.