Department of Administration
The Department of Administration is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO) tribal government, including administering grants and contracts and overseeing all personnel issues and lobbying activities as directed by the Chief Executive.
The department is supervised by Commissioner Shelly Diaz, who was appointed by Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin and ratified by the Band Assembly.
The Commissioner oversees the Assistant Commissioner of Administration, the Commissioner of Community Development, the Commissioner of Health & Human Services, and the Commissioner of Natural Resources. The Commissioner serves as chief of staff to the Chief Executive, Melanie Benjamin, and oversees day-to-day operations of the tribal government, including fiscal responsibilities, human resources, grant development and oversight.
The position of Assistant Commissioner of Administration is currently vacant. The Assistant Commissioner acts in a deputy-level capacity to the Commissioner of Administration to help manage the day-to-day operations of the MLBO tribal government. Duties include managing human resources, finances, and contracts for the Executive Branch of the MLBO tribal government. The Assistant Commissioner will also act as Commissioner of Administration when the Commissioner is absent and will assist other commissioners with day-to-day operations as needed.
The Human Resources Department is responsible for posting current job openings with the Band’s government and completing employment verifications and background and driver’s license checks.
For more information on current job postings or application procedures, please contact:
Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Fringe Benefits and Workers Compensation
MLBO employees can contact the department with any questions about their health, dental, and life insurance plans; disability coverage; 401(k) plan; and workers compensation.
Labor/Employee Relations Specialist
Safety Risk Manager
Human Resources Generalist
MLBO employees can contact the department with any questions about the Band government’s personnel policies or download a copy of Mille Lacs Band Personnel Policy and Procedures.
The Department of Administration oversees operation of all MLBO tribal government facilities, including community centers, schools, clinics and assisted living units.
For a complete list of facilities, please see Tribal Government Facilities.
The community centers offer numerous programs and services to youth, adults and Elders in their communities. Specific programs and services are listed separately under the appropriate department. Please contact community centers directly at the numbers below.
Information Systems Department
Notary Publics attest to or certify writings to make them authentic and official. Notary public services are offered free of charge to Mille Lacs Band members.
District I Office
District III Office
Child Support Enforcement
The Child Support Enforcement Program assists Mille Lacs Band members through the legal process of child support, including the determination of child support obligations and enforcing those obligations.
For detailed information on the program, see Child Support Enforcement Program.
Rachel (Sam) Sablan
Child Support Enforcement Director
Grant funds received by the MLBO support important programs and services for its community. These funds allow MLBO to extend pre-existing services, introduce new initiatives, gain technological advances, and subsidize programmatic staffing. Grant funds are dispersed throughout MLBO and impact a variety of efforts, including social services, public safety, public health, youth programming, education, natural resource management, and heritage resource management, among others.
The Grants Departments role is to work in conjunction with MLBO Commissioners and their designated Project Directors to develop, implement, and maintain meaningful grant oversight and coordination for MLBO thereby increasing grant related revenue, limiting MLBO’s exposure grant related legal liability, and improving the efficiency and impact of programs and services funded through grants.
Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)
The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) ensures that all employment entities of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe shall give preference to Native Americans in hiring, promotion, training and all other aspects of employment, including contracting and subcontracting. TERO does not directly hire or make hiring decisions; however, it does refer qualified Mille Lacs Band members and other Native Americans to companies doing business on lands of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
For more information on the program, see Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO).
AanjiBimaadizing (Department of Labor)
AanjiBimaadizing (formerly known as the Department of Labor) provides a comprehensive system of employment assistance, counseling, training and education to promote healthy life choices, appropriate work habits, and relevant skills for success in tribal or non-tribal, public or private work places.
The goal of AanjiBimaadizing is to empower low-income Mille Lacs Band members and their families to end dependency on assistance and to achieve a self-sufficient lifestyle.
For more information, please see AanjiBimaadizing.