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Planning Department

Mission Statement

Properly managed growth and development which protects the health and welfare of residents and the environment in which they live is essential to the sustainability of a strong and viable community. The mission of the Planning Department is to assist the Tribal Council in the reacquisition of lands within and around the Isabella Reservation, to diversify the tribal economy, to provide decent and affordable housing to members within the community, to help design and manage needed construction projects as part of a team effort (including code compliance and inspection services as outlined in the tribal building code), to maintain and implement an effective transportation program within the Reservation, to oversee environmental protection efforts on lands within the Tribe's jurisdiction, and to implement the community's vision regarding its future growth and development as defined in the most recently adopted Strategic and Community Master Plans (including the implementation and enforcement of related codes and ordinance). In addition, the Planning Department serves as a community development information clearinghouse and represents tribal interests as directed by Council on various boards and agencies related to community and economic development activities.


  • If you are a casual visitor and would like more information about our activities, call (989) 775-4014
  • If you have questions about wildlife and natural resources or hunting, fishing, trapping please contact the Wildlife Biologist, Heather Shaw at 989-775-4146.
  • If you would like more information pertaining to environmental issues faced by the tribe, contact Environmental Specialist at (989) 775-4015 , Water Quality Specialist at (989) 775-4016, or Environmental Response Program Specialist at (989)775-4081
  • If you would like more information regarding the tribal building code , inspections, and the permit program contact Ed Howard at (989) 775-4159 or Kim Otto McCoy, Admin. Asst. II at (989) 775-4014.
  • If you are a tribal member, employee, or servicing contractor seeking the actual guidelines and permits, related to the tribal Building code, click the appropriate links on the left.

Planning News

Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation Map
Published: 4/5/2016 1:00:00 PM - Planning

View the map of the Isabella County Indian Reservation.
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Attention deer hunters!
Published: 9/10/2015 10:00:00 AM - Planning

In an effort to collect biological data on deer that are harvested within the Reservation, and to better manage the deer herd and deer hunting opportunities on Saginaw Chippewa Tribal land, we are requesting that you please fill out a Deer Harvest Survey for the 2015 hunting season.
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2016 Hunting Areas Within The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Lands
Published: 5/4/2015 2:00:00 PM - Planning

2016 Isabella County and Saganing Hunting and Trapping Areas
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