From his email to the tribal employees and news outlets:
Our constitution under ARTICLE II ” INDIVIDUAL RIGHT ” reads, The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, in exercising powers of self governance, shall NOT deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of its laws or deprive any person of liberty or property without due process of law.
Also in our Constitution under ARTICLE VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENT A. PURPOSE, FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. We, the Little Traverese Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, speak through this document to assert that we are a distinct nation of Anishinaabek of North America that possess the right to : self-determination; freely determine our political status; freely pursue our economic, social, religious and cultural development, and determine our membership, without external interference. These same rights and principles the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians acknowledge to be inherent among other peoples, nations and governments throughout the world. We recognize their sovereignty and pledge to maintain relations with those peoples, nations and governments who acknowledge those same fundamental human rights and principles, and who recognize the sovereighty of the Little Traverese Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
As the Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians I will sign the Same Sex Marriage Statute on Friday March 15, 2013 @ 10:00 A.M. in the Chairmans office.
I believe that Tribal Citizens who wish to choose same sex marriage should be treated and just as importantly as any other Tribal Citizen who are Man and Woman. This is about people being happy. This is a real Issue. We are private people and we need to recognize on how we wish to live our lives. I have heard from Tribal Citizens, and not once have I heard that this could bring injury to our Nation, and that was the biggest issue that I had concerns of. There should not be a dividing line and we should all be able to seek a good life.