Emergency Services

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The Mille Lacs Band’s Emergency Services Office provides assistance in three areas:

  • Emergency Loan Program
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Applications for these programs can be obtained from the Emergency Services Office, at the District Community Centers, and Assisted Living Units, or can be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to you.

Contact Information
Emergency Services Office: 320-532-7880

Emergency Loan Program

The Emergency Loan Program provides limited assistance to enrolled Band members experiencing an unforeseen emergency. Services include:
  • Grocery emergencies
  • Utility emergencies
  • Medical emergencies (does not include advanced-notice medical appointments)
  • Funeral emergencies
  • Eviction/rent emergencies
  • Fire/natural disaster emergencies
  • Clothing emergencies (for people leaving a treatment of correctional facility)

2015 Loan Application

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program provides energy assistance, energy-related repairs, Reach out For Warmth, and weatherization services to households located in Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Pine, Kanabec, and Morrison counties. Band members located outside of our service area will be given contact information for a service provider in their area. Households with Elders, disabled and/or children are especially encouraged to apply.

Band member Elders and disabled who have exhausted the Energy Assistance Program are eligible for additional energy assistance through Terry Benjamin in the Elder Services Office.

Contact information
Emergency Services Office: 320-532-7880
After-Hours Utility emergency Line: 320-630-2687
24-hour Fax:320-532-7546
Elder Services Office: 320-532-7543

Download an application form here

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which provides food packages, is an alternative to food stamps. The program serves eligible Band members located in or near the Mille Lacs Reservation (excluding households located in cities with a population of 10,000 or more).

Eligible and certified Band members can pick up their monthly food order at the Commod Building in District I Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program also delivers food packages one day per month to the Isle and Lake Lena Community Centers and the East Lake and Hinckley Assisted Living Units.

Contact Information
Food Distribution Program: 320-532-7510
24-Hour Fax: 320-532-3725
Alternative Fax: 320-532-7546

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