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, environment protection, natural resource permits, and historical preservation.

The Latest from DNR


THPO Protocol for Inadvertent Discovery of Human Remains and Construction Undertaking within the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe


Smokey Visits the 2015 State of the Band







District III Coloring Contest Winner — Caiarah

Smokey & Team visit Wewinabi

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Wildlife Program

The Wildlife Program enhances wildlife areas and natural environments.

Wild Rice Program

This program manages and monitors wild rice beds.

DNR/E Enforcement Program

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

  • Mike TaylorChief Conservation Officer
    All Districts: 320-630-2473
  • Seth JacobsConservation Officer
    District 2: 320-630-2472
  • Jason RiceConservation Officer
    District 1: 320-630-2619
  • Anthony ErholtzConservation Officer
    District 1: 320-630- 2471
  • Jared RosatiConservation Officer
    District 3: 320-630-2470

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.

  • District 1
    Lead Licensing Agent: 320-532-7896
  • District 2
    Licensing Agent: 218-768-3311 ext. 5316
  • District 2a
    Program Administrator: 320-676-1102
  • District 3
    Licensing Agent: 320-384-6240 ext. 230
  • Urban Office
    Licensing Agent: 612-872-1424

Air Program

The Air Program monitors air quality, measures air contaminants, and works to correct any problems.

Ground Water Program

This Program monitors the quality of ground water, measures contaminants, and works to correct any problems.

Surface Water Program

This program monitors the quality of surface water in lakes and streams, measures contaminants, and works to correct any problems.

Water Quality Lab

The Water Quality Lab conducts tests on air as well as on ground, surface, drinking and waste water.

Land and Real Estate Services

Services are provided to Band members who have questions about land leases, purchases, probates, or other real estate activities.

Historical Preservation

This program works to preserve archaeological sites and repatriate artifacts.

Tribal Operations Department

  • Archives
    The tribal government’s archives department collects and preserves written materials for the Band and makes them available to researchers and other interested people.
  • Oral History Program
    This program collects oral histories from Band members to preserve for future generations.
  • Blood Quantum
    This program researches and amends Band member’ blood quantum data.
  • Tribal Enrollment
    This service assists people who want to enroll as Mille Lacs Band member. It also provides enrolled Band members with tribal identification cards.

Forestry/Fire Program

The Fire Program is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires.

Land Preservation

This program works to manage and monitor the Band’s inventory of wild rice beds, DNR equipment maintenance, oversee all outdoor projects, and landscape cemeteries; in addition to managing inquiries and reporting on all land use activity.

Brownfield’s Response Program