Little Traverse Bay Bands debate changes in council salaries
Elders of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians don't think the tribe should change the salaries for its council members.

Council members currently receive a base salary of $18,000, plus $17,000 for legislative leader and $3,400 for both the treasurer and secretary. They also receive $150 a day for meetings or training and $100 a day for travel.

A proposed statute would set a base salary of $25,000, which would cover travel expenses, meetings and training. Elders say that would amount to a raise for council members.

"Council is not a job, it's a service -- an elected position," Bea Law said at a council meeting, The Petoskey News-Review reported. "With the way the economy is now, I think you're doing yourselves a great disservice, especially if you want to get re-elected.

Council members said the $25,000 base salary was a starting point. They also said changing the structure would save the tribe money in the long run.

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