Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) develops and implements wildlife, fish and forestry improvement activities and regulates hunting, fishing and gathering on the reservation. It also provides many other services, including conservation enforcement, environmental protection, natural resource permits, historical preservation and tribal enrollment.

Bradley Harrington
Commissioner of Natural Resources

320-532-7439

320-630-5339

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Wildlife Program

The Wildlife Program enhances wildlife areas and natural environments.

Kelly Applegate
Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist

763-221-0320

Fisheries Program

The fisheries program prepares and coordinates with inter-agencies pertaining to fishery management.

Carl Klimah
Fisheries Biologist

320-532-7733 or 320-733-0837

George BigBear
Fisheries Technician

DNR Enforcement Program

This program utilizes Band game wardens to enforce game, fish and environmental laws.



Jason Rice
Conservation Officer

320-532-5690 or

320-630-2619


Noah Melberg
Conservation Officer

320-532-7439 or

320-630-2788


Jeffery Shafer
Conservation Officer

320-532-7439 or

320-630-2463


Hunting and Fishing Licenses

The Mille Lacs Band provides Band members with licenses to hunt and fish on tribally-owned land or off the reservation. Issuers can also assist people with other natural resource issues.

Ana Bullshoe
Lead Licensing Agent

320-532-7896

Falon Jackson
District II Licensing Agent

218-768-3311 extension 5316

Vanessa Gibbs
District III Licensing Agent

320-384-6240 Ext.230

Barb Benjamin-Robertson
Urban Program Administrator

612-872-1424

Environmental Programs

Environmental Programs operates, administers and coordinates activities associated with the Environmental Protection Agency and Band funded programs. In addition, inspections of NPDES (stormwater) and Underground Storage Tanks are conducted to ensure environmental resource protection. Environmental Programs includes an air program, ground/surface water program, a water quality lab and a Brownfield Response Program.



Perry Bunting
Director of Environmental Programs

320-532-7446 or

320-630-2439


Ryan Rupp
Environmental Programs Manager

320-532-7442


Charles Lippert
Air Quality Specialist

320-532-4704


Chad Weiss
Aquatic Biologist

320-532-7445


Jeremy J. Harrington
Water Quality Technician

320-532-7721


Todd Moilanen
Brownfield Coordinator

320-532-4772


Andrew Boyd
Environmental Projects Manager

320-532-7779


Jourdaine Wedll
Environmental Technician


Natalie Boyd
Environmental Technician

320-532-7439


Real Estate Services

Real Estate services are provided to Band members who have questions about land leases, purchases, or other real estate activities

Bridgett Donahue
Real Estate Director

320-532-7702

320-630-3110

James Kalk
Real Estate Clerk

320-532-7897

Sue Engberg
Probate Clerk

320-532-7731

Vacant
Recorder

LaDrake Powell
Realty Research

320-532-7448

Tribal Historical Preservation Office

This program works to preserve archaeological sites and repatriate artifacts.

The tribal government’s archives department collects and preserves written materials for the Band and makes them available to researchers and other interested people.

Natalie Weyaus
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

320-532-7450

Mike Wilson
Archivist

320-532-7535

John Reynolds
Compliance Officer

320-532-7780

Terry Kemper
THPO Assistant

320-532-7780

320-362-1393

Wildland Program

The Wildland Program is responsible for maintaining and enhancing wildlands and for preventing and fighting wildfires.

Dean Staples
Director of Wildland

320-532-7589

320-530-2431

Jake Horbacz
Forester

320-532-7513

320-630-5752

Cortney Nadeau
Wildland Fire Fighter DI

320-532-7589

Eli Staples
Wildland Fire Fighter DIII

320-384-6564

Benjamin Kegg
Wildland Technician DI

320-532-7439

320-362-1476

Jordan William
Land Maintenance Technician DI

320-532-7439

Daryl Aubid
Land Maintenance Technician DII

218-768-3311

320-241-7366

Azhibik Aubid
Land Maintenance Technician DII

218-768-3311

Rich Martin
Lead Land Maintenance Technician DIII

320-384-6564

320-630-2417

Wallace St. John
Land Maintenance Technician DIII

320-384-6564

Matthew Hatfield
Wildland Technician DIII

320-532-7439

Tribal Enrollment

The Tribal Enrollments Office assists people who want to enroll as a Mille Lacs Band member. It also provides enrolled Band members with tribal identification cards. For more information on Tribal Enrollments, please see Enrollments.

Enrollments Manager: 320-532-7440.

Enrollment Application

Maria Powell
Enrollment Manager

320-532-7440

Ashley Pendegayosh
Enrollment Specialist

320-532-7730

Vacant
Enrollment Specialist

Immersion Grounds

George Premo
Immersion Grounds Director

320-233-6269

Chato Gonzalez
Student Apprentice

320-233-6269

Alan Premo
Grounds Maintenance

320-233-6269

Dean Smallwood
Resource Specialist

320-233-6269

Lee Staples
Master Apprentice

320-233-6269