Public Notices & Updates

Child Support Enforcement Update February 2017

The Child Support Enforcement office would like to remind clients that all Child Support checks that are not picked up by Friday will be mailed out that day at 1:30 p.m. If you would like your check to be held, contact our office and request so.

Another reminder to all Child Support clients is to keep their address and phone numbers updated with the Child Support Enforcement office. This is important to keep our office updated with this information as there are sometimes refunds and critical information that needs to be communicated with our clients.

If you have any questions or concerns with your case, please contact your Case Manager.

Below is the Child Support Enforcements contact information.

The Child Support Enforcement office will be closed February 20th in observance of Chief’s Day.


Snowplow Policy

Public Works and Housing departments are responsible for snow plowing in all districts of the Mille Lacs Reservation. After any snowfall event, Public Works crews will first open roadways, and when those are completed, they will move on to private residences of Elders and disabled Band members.

Vehicles parked on the roads will be towed.

Non-Elder private residences can be plowed for a $25 fee, paid in advance. The Housing Department plows Elder rental units.

If you have questions about plow service, contact Public Works at 320-532-7448.


Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage:

DATE OF MORTGAGE: May 16, 2000

MORTGAGOR: Kelly Pendegayosh

MORTGAGEE: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Housing Department (previously known as “Mille Lacs Reservation Housing Authority”)

RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Housing Department (previously known as “Mille Lacs Reservation Housing Authority”)

MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 36564 208thPlace, McGregor, MN 55760

TAX PARCEL: Mille Lacs Band Tract # 410T1031, Lot B

LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: A part of The South 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4 Section 20, Township 47 North, Range 23 West,

FURTHER DESCRIBED AS: Parcel B – That part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 47 North, Range 23 West, Aitkin County, Minnesota, described as follows: Commencing at the West Quarter corner of said Section 20, thence North 89 degrees 33 minutes 16 seconds east, assumed bearing, 1317.70 feet along the South line of said Northwest Quarter; thence North 0 degrees 13 minutes 15 seconds East 298.84 feet to the point of beginning of the tract of land to be described; thence North 0 degrees 14 minutes 40 seconds East 160.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 14 minutes 40 seconds West 160.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 45 minutes 20 seconds West 250.00 feet to the point of beginning.

COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Aitkin

ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $26,261.75

AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $23,406.86

That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding the Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof;

PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as follows:

DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM

PLACE OF SALE: District II Community Center McGregor, Front Door, 36660 State Highway 65, McGregor, MN 55760 to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns.

TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not redeemed under Section 439 of the Mille Lacs Band Statutes Annotated is 11:59 p.m. on September 7, 2017, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032.

MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: NONE

“THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.”

Dated: January 23, 2017.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Housing Department (previously known as “Mille Lacs Reservation Housing Authority”)

Adam L. Candler

Attorney for Mortgagee

43408 Oodena Drive

Onamia, MN 56359

(320) 532-7894

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.

BIDDERS MUST PRESENT TRIBAL IDENTIFICATION AT TIME OF SALE.

BIDDERS MUST AFFIRMATIVELY DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN A LAND LEASE THROUGH THE MILLE LACS BAND OF OJIBWE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AT TIME OF SALE.


Aazhoomog Clinic Hours

Providers are at the Aazhoomog Clinic in District III from Monday through Thursday. The dentist is in the office on the last Friday of every month, and the foot doctor is available the first Wednesday of every month. Call 320-384-0149 to make an appointment or ask a question.


Department of Administration Focuses on Jobs and Culture

The Department of Administration is working on several initiatives, including human resources policies, Department of Labor updates and State of the Band planning.

The Band is mandated by the federal government to perform background checks as part of our grant funding agreements. The Department of Administration is creating hiring guidelines for Band Employees and/or contractors who may come in contact with school children on a regular basis. The Solicitor General has provided opinions and material on the mandatory background investigations HR needs to perform on all education employees, and other Band employees who may come into contact with school children. This will be a change that expands from just education employees to all band positions that may come into contact with the school children.  This also extends to contractors, so an educational piece will need to be done for those who deal with contracts. We are meeting weekly to create new policies and procedures.

The Department is also

  • Bringing culturally relevant training to outer districts instead of being centralized at government center. Certified facilitators in each district will conduct the training, which will be scheduled in the New Year after the holidays.
  • Implementing community outreach in all districts by having an HR representative attend the community meetings, do a short presentation on open jobs, bringing applications along, and answering general questions from the community.
  • Restructuring HR, bringing in an executive director to help facilitate the reorganization and restructure of the department. As the number of government programs offered has increased, the HR department is feeling the pinch of being undersized for the current employee base.

Michele Palomaki, Michael Kafka (DOL Director) and I are meeting with our regional director next week to start the process to revise our plan before submission. We have gotten good information back from the Tribal Employment Rights Officer and Michele when they recently attended the DOL conference in Wisconsin. This will benefit Band Members by expanding the training courses we are able to fund and streamlining the approval process.

In addition to these activities, the Department of Administration is:

  • Planning the State of the Band events, including a plan to broadcast the event to Grand Casino Hinckley. RFPs will be put out for bids on fry bread, flowers/center pieces and gifts. Steve Premo is working on artwork for the invitation and other artwork needed for the event.
  • Working with the District III community to research the history of the district with the goal of producing two books specific to our area.
  • Planning Elders pot luck and story sharing in D3. This is a spin-off of the history project. The elders really enjoy getting together and sharing their photos with each other. They want to continue this get-together, and are willing to do it as a potluck from now on, beginning in early November.

Working to get BlueJay Wireless to provide information to the communities on free phones and inexpensive data packages. Those who are eligible will be able to get a free phone, 250 free minutes and 250 free texts each month. This will be offered for 12 months, and Band Members will be able to renew for another 12 months of free service.


Legislation on Objections to Autopsies

Read the legislation moving through the Minnesota state Legislature that would allow for religious objections to autopsies:

H.F. 1935: http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS89/HF1935.1.pdf

S.F. 1694: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF1694&version=2&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0&format=pdf


Administration Department — RFPs

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Administration Department has the following opportunities open:

  • None at this time

Mille Lacs Early Education

Mille Lacs Early Education (MLEE) is a combination of six programs: Federal Head Start, Minnesota State Head Start, Federal Early Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provided with the Onamia Publics Schools, and Childcare. The programs all serve children and families birth to age five. Childcare is available for children age 6 weeks to 11 years. All of these programs focus on educating children. However, the needs and requirements for the six programs are very different.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs that focus on low income and vulnerable children age birth to five. The goals are to help get children ready for school socially and emotionally, educationally, increase parent involvement, and improve the health and safety of children. The program must prove that a minimum of 51 percent of the families served are low income. MLEE must also recruit and enroll 10 percent of the total enrollment to include children with disabilities. The program also has an enrollment preference for Mille Lacs Band members, descendants and other Native Americans. Currently, only Mille Lacs Band Members and descendants are enrolled. The majority of enrollment points are based on children being low-income, Mille Lacs Band Members, being a foster child, being homeless, and having a disability or suspected disability.

Head Start programs serve children age three to five years. The children are provided with a high-quality early childhood education experience during the day from September to May. The curriculum focuses on literacy skills, math, science, large motor skills, fine motor skills, health, Ojibwe culture, and social emotional development. Children enrolled in Head Start are learning every day. Funding is provided federally by the State of MN and the Mille Lacs Band. This service is offered in all three districts.

Early Head Start focuses on the same learning areas, but adapts them to serve children birth to age three years. Early Head Start operates September through July. Head Start and Early Head Start have a strong parent involvement. Both of these programs must follow Head Start Performance Standards. These are federal laws that regulate classroom space and equipment, staffing, curriculum, transportation services, disability services, nutrition and enrollment criteria. There are over 1,500 Performance Standards. Failure to follow the Head Start Performance Standards will result in the program being found out of compliance and can lead to a loss of funding. Early Head Start is offered in all three districts and is federally funded and Mille Lacs Band funded.

Another major requirement of the Performance Standards is training for staff and parents. There are 25 required trainings cited in the Performance Standards. All staff working with Head Start and Early Head Start children must attend these trainings. Mille Lacs Early Education currently employees over 90 staff who all need to attend the required trainings. The only way to ensure that staff is properly trained is to have training days. Because all staff must attend the trainings, all programs including childcare must close for those days.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) funding is provided by the state. ECFE provides learning activities for children and their parents. Mille Lacs Early Education runs Family Activity Nights September through May. These events and other parenting events, like Positive Indian Parenting, are open to all members of the community.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides child find activities, screenings and assessments for developmental disabilities, and service to children identified with special needs. Head Start must recruit and enroll 10 percent of the total enrollment as children with special needs. Services to children provided include educational support, speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy to help with developmental delays.

Childcare is provided as a wraparound service before and after Head Start and Early Head Start in District I. There is not enough space in the building to provide childcare for families who need childcare only. Because of limited childcare space, the program must follow Performance Standards relating to recruitment and enrollment first. This means the program must give priority to low income and the most vulnerable children first.

Mille Lacs Early Education has the goal to provide high-quality early childhood learning and cultural activities. School will start on September 2. August 25 will be the first day for Head Start and Early Head Start this year. Open House will be on August 25th in all three districts.

For questions and information about the program contact Tammy Wickstrom, Director of Early Education.


Free Hearing Evaluations

Evaluations take place on the second Friday of each month at Ne-Ia-Shing Clinic. Call 320-532-4163 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome — we will do our best to serve you. Ask us about the $1,000 in hearing aid benefits you can receive from the Circle of Health.

Hearmore Hearing has offices in Saint Paul and Osseo. To schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, call the Saint Paul office at 651-771-4019 or the Osseo office at 763-391-7433.


Heating, Water, and Maintenance Problems?

During normal business hours, tenants in Band rentals and Elders living within the service area should call 800-709-6445, ext. 7433, for work orders.

After business hours, tenants with maintenance emergencies should call 866-822-8538 and press 1, 2, or 3 for their respective district.