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Chief Executive Champions Self-Governance in State of the Band Address

Speech highlighted Band’s successes in 2016 and goals for future Mille Lacs Band Reservation – Today, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin delivered the annual State of the Band address. With more than 1,000 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, friends and…
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Nay Ah Shing Students Learn to Walk in Two Worlds

Since its founding in the 1970s, the mission of Nay Ah Shing schools has remained consistent: “To teach Ojibwe Language, Culture, Tradition, History and Skills to live in two Cultures by: Educating Students academically, socially, emotionally, and physically in a…
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Education Department Seeks to Expand Immersion Opportunities

Imagine a school where young Anishinaabe students are educated entirely in their own language. Teachers use Ojibwemowin to instruct students in all the required subjects: reading, math, science, social studies, physical education. Students ask questions and converse with peers in…
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Great Taste Is on the Menu at Two New Restaurants

In April of this year, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley announced plans to make significant property enhancements — mainly in the food and beverage areas at each property — to mark the casinos’ 25th Anniversary. As of…
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Band Members Join National Cohort Designed to Strengthen Leadership Skills

Three Band members were selected to join a high profile leadership group called the Native Nation Rebuilders Program. Raina Killspotted, LeAnn Benjamin and Catherine Colsrud were among the group of 25 who were tapped to join the eighth cohort of…
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Bold Flavors Come to Onamia with Opening of Taco John’s

You don’t have to go south of the border to get great Mexican food — just to the south shore of Lake Mille Lacs. Taco John’s®, a fast-growing Mexican quick-service chain dedicated to fresh ingredients and original flavors, is now…
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Chief Executive Champions Self-Governance in State of the Band Address

Speech highlighted Band’s successes in 2016 and goals for future Mille Lacs Band Reservation – Today, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin delivered the annual State of the Band address. With more than 1,000 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members, friends and…
...Read More
District 1 District 2 District 3 Urban Area

Nay Ah Shing Students Learn to Walk in Two Worlds

Since its founding in the 1970s, the mission of Nay Ah Shing schools has remained consistent: “To teach Ojibwe Language, Culture, Tradition, History and Skills to live in two Cultures by: Educating Students academically, socially, emotionally, and physically in a…
...Read More
District 1 District 2 District 3 Urban Area

Education Department Seeks to Expand Immersion Opportunities

Imagine a school where young Anishinaabe students are educated entirely in their own language. Teachers use Ojibwemowin to instruct students in all the required subjects: reading, math, science, social studies, physical education. Students ask questions and converse with peers in…
...Read More
District 1 District 2 District 3 Urban Area

Great Taste Is on the Menu at Two New Restaurants

In April of this year, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley announced plans to make significant property enhancements — mainly in the food and beverage areas at each property — to mark the casinos’ 25th Anniversary. As of…
...Read More
District 1 District 2 District 3 Urban Area

Band Members Join National Cohort Designed to Strengthen Leadership Skills

Three Band members were selected to join a high profile leadership group called the Native Nation Rebuilders Program. Raina Killspotted, LeAnn Benjamin and Catherine Colsrud were among the group of 25 who were tapped to join the eighth cohort of…
...Read More
District 1 District 2 District 3 Urban Area

Bold Flavors Come to Onamia with Opening of Taco John’s

You don’t have to go south of the border to get great Mexican food — just to the south shore of Lake Mille Lacs. Taco John’s®, a fast-growing Mexican quick-service chain dedicated to fresh ingredients and original flavors, is now…
...Read More
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Sheriff, Police Chief Address District I Community

Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren and Acting Tribal Police Chief Sara Rice addressed Band members’ questions about law enforcement at the Jan. 11 District I Community Meeting. Lindgren said the revocation of the county/tribal law enforcement agreement came not…
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New Resource Officer Hired for Nay Ah Shing Schools

Josh Hemsworth has been hired as the new School Resource Officer serving the students, staff and families of Nay Ah Shing schools. Josh is relatively new to law enforcement, but he comes to the Tribal Police Department with a strong…
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Interim Director of Housing is Jack of All Trades

Six years with the Mille Lacs Band and a lifetime of do-it-yourself experience will serve Daniel Boyd well in his new role as Interim Director of the Mille Lacs Band’s Housing Department. Daniel was asked by Community Development Commissioner Percy…
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Mille Lacs Band Divests from Wells Fargo

Unethical business practices and financing support for Dakota Access Pipeline led to decision The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians has ended its investment advisory services relationship with Wells Fargo. The decision, made unanimously by the Mille Lacs Band of…
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Band Member Brings New Ideas and Energy to a New Role

Leaving corporate America behind for a new role at Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV) was an easy decision for Band member Tawnya Stewart. When the call came for her to consider the role as Chief of People and Culture Officer…
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New Doctor Is Happy to Serve in Indian Country

Lacey Running Hawk, a new doctor at Ne-Ia-Shing Clinic in District I, confirms that medical school is as grueling as you’d expect. “When you look back, it’s probably good that you are kind of naive about what you are getting…
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