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
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 Taylor, Chief Conservation Officer
All Districts: 320-630-2473
- Seth Jacobs, Conservation Officer
District 2: 320-630-2472
- Jason Rice, Conservation Officer
District 1: 320-630-2619
- Anthony Erholtz, Conservation Officer
District 1: 320-630- 2471
- Jared Rosati, Conservation 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
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.
This program works to preserve archaeological sites and repatriate artifacts.
Tribal Operations Department
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.
The Fire Program is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires.
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.