About the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

“American Indian nations have been recognized as sovereigns since before the formation of the United States. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, a federally recognized Indian tribe, has a rich history and culture that dates back to a time before Minnesota became a state. As the Band’s democratically elected Chief Executive, and on behalf of our more than 4,300 member citizens and more than 4,000 employees, I take great pride in presenting the story of our long and proud history.” In the mid-1700s, the ancestors of today’s Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe settled near Lake Mille Lacs in what is now Central Minnesota and established a way of life that the Band continues to preserve. The Ojibwe hunted, fished, gathered wild rice, and taught their children a profound respect for nature. They endured hardship and poverty in the face of pressures from the non-Indian culture, but they worked hard and dreamed of a better future.”

— Melanie Benjamin,  Chief Executive

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