Department of Administration
The Department of Administration oversees a variety of programs and services for Mille Lacs Band members. The department is supervised by Commissioner Catherine Colsrud, 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. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the tribal government, including fiscal responsibilities, human resources, contract and grant management as well as serves as chief of staff to the Chief Executive, Melanie Benjamin.
The Assistant Commissioner of Administration is Michele Palomaki. In this role, she acts in a deputy-level capacity to the Commissioner of Administration to help manage the day-to-day operations of the Mille Lacs Band government. Her duties include managing human resources, finances, and contracts for the executive branch of Band government. Palomaki will also act as Commissioner of Administration when the Commissioner is absent and will assist other commissioners with day to day operations as needed.
Department of Administration programs and services include the following:
The Department of Administration is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the tribal government, including administering all grants and contracts and overseeing all personnel issues and lobbying activities as directed by the Chief Executive.
Catherine Colsrud, CommissionerofAdministration: 320-532-7480, email@example.com
Michele Palomaki, Assistant Commissioner of Administration: 320-532-7530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel Oehrlein, Executive Assistant: 320-532-7478, email@example.com
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.
District I Community Center
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Megan Ballinger, District I Legislative Community Center Coordinator: 320-532-7423, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-709-6445, ext. 7585
District IIA (Chiminising) Community Center
2605 Chiminising Drive
Isle, MN 56342
Carmen Green, Program Administrator: 320-676-1102, 877-676-1299, email@example.com
District II (East Lake) Community Center
36666 Highway 65
McGregor, MN 55760
Renee Johnson, Program Administrator: 218-768-3311, 877-768-3311, firstname.lastname@example.org
District III (Aazhoomog) Community Center
45749 Grace Lake Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
Michelle Peer, Program Administrator: 320-384-6240, 877-884-6240, email@example.com
Band employees can contact the department with any questions about the Band government’s personnel policies.
Cyrilla Bauer, Director of Human Resources: 320-532-7488, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Sanchez, HR Manager: 320-532-7866, email@example.com
Fringe Benefits and Workers Compensation
Band employees can contact the department with any questions about their health, dental, and life insurance plans; disability coverage; 401(k) plan; and workers compensation.
Dawn Chosa, Benefits Coordinator: 320-532-7477, firstname.lastname@example.org
The department is responsible for posting current job openings with the Band’s government and completing employment verifications and background and driver’s license checks.
Kitty Johnson, Human Resources Specialist: 320-532-7460, email@example.com
Sara Janie Miller, Human Resources Administrative Assistant: 320-532-4742, Employee Assistance Program
This program assists Band employees whose job performance may be affected by health or other issues.
Darlene Day, Employee Relations Coordinator: 320-532-7847, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Systems Department
The Information Systems Department is responsible for the computers, computer networks, and telephone systems throughout the Government Center, community centers, clinics, and the Urban Office.
Keith Modglin, Information Systems Director: 320-532-4736, email@example.com
Clayton Benjamin, Information Systems Technician: 320-532-4707, firstname.lastname@example.org
Garrett Sam, Information Systems Technician: 320-532-7406, email@example.com
Vacant, Information Systems Administrative Assistant: 320-532-7584 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notary Public Services
Notary Publics attest to or certify writings to make them authentic and official. Notary public services are offered free of charge to Band members.
District I Office: 320-532-7440
District II Office: 218-768-2427
District III Office: 320-384-6240
Urban Office: 612-872-1424
The Self-Governance Office is responsible for monitoring and implementing permanent self-governance laws within the United States Department of the Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services.
John Mojica, Self-Governance Coordinator: 320-532-7479, email@example.com
Child Support Enforcement Program
The Child Support Enforcement Program assists Band members through the legal process of child support, including the determination of child support obligations and enforcing those obligations.
Rachel (Sam) Sablan, Child Support Enforcement Director: 320-532-7461, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Nayquonabe, Case Manager: 320-532-7453, email@example.com
Tammy Smith, Case Manager: 320-532-7752, firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Harrington, Financial Worker: 320-532-7434, email@example.com
Ann Stafford, Inter-Jurisdictional Coordinator: 320-532-7591, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Pagel, Administrative Assistant: 320-532-7755, email@example.com
The Grants Department seeks funding from federal, state, and philanthropic agencies to benefit Mille Lacs Band programs. The grants staff is available to assist department directors with programmatic compliance requirements and formulate strategies for future funding pursuits.
Vacant, Grants Director: 320-532-7860, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla Big Bear, Grants Manager: 320-532-7517, email@example.com
Brenda Jindra, Grants Compliance Manager: 320-532-7436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramona Bird, Grants Writer: 320-532-7860, email@example.com
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 Band members and other Native Americans to companies doing business on lands of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Craig Hansen, TERO Director: 320-532-4778 (c) 320-630-2617 (f ) 320-532-7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Ballinger, TERO Compliance Officer: (c)320-630-8777, email@example.com