Celebration of Life baby baskets
District I Representative Virgil Wind would like to honor our new generation by gifting a baby basket. Baskets will include some necessities and items for your newborn baby. Parents receiving baskets must be an enrolled Mille Lacs Band member residing in the District I area. Please contact the D1 Office at (320) 532-7423 to inquire about details on getting a baby basket.
Band Assembly announces publication of revised statutes
The Mille Lacs Band Assembly has shared a digital copy of the updated Laws of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians. A book version of the document will be published in coming months. Secretary-Treasurer Sheldon Boyd wrote the following forward to the document. Read the forward and find a link to the document at
Band Assembly reviews legislation to create a Leasing of Trust Lands Code
The Mille Lacs Band Assembly is current reviewing proposed legislation to create Leasing of Trust Lands Code that will implement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership ("HEARTH") Act. An entire draft of the proposed changes can be found here: leasing-of-trust-lands-hearth-proposed-statute-07.30.2020
The letter to Mille Lacs Band members explaining the proposed changes can be found here: band-assembly-letter-re-hearth-act-07.30.2020
District I Representative establishes child protection subcommittee
District I Representative Sandi Blake is establishing a subcommittee charged with developing proposed revisions to Title 8, Chapter 13 (Child Protection). On June 10, 2020, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly approved Legislative Order 28-20, which establishes a process for draft legislation and empowers any District Representative to formulate a subcommittee consisting of "Band members and employees who have direct knowledge of the subject matter of the draft legislation."
Secretary/Treasurer Updates Band Members on Legislative Branch Activities
Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Boyd informs Band members that the Band Assembly is currently working on draft legislation pertaining to several statutes. For details, click here.
Band Assembly Establishes Procedures for Drafting Legislation
On June 10, by a vote of 3-0, the Mille Lacs Band Assembly approved Legislative Order 28-20: A Legislative Order Establishing Guidelines and Procedures for Drafting Legislation.
COVID-19 UPDATE: STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin signed an Executive Order on Sunday, March 15, declaring that the Band is in a State of Emergency, while the Band Assembly— composed of Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Body and District Representatives Sandra Blake, Marvin Bruneau, and Wally St. John — passed Ordinance 27-20, The Emergency Management Act, establishing Title 27 within the Mille Lacs Band Statutes Annotated. Title 27, which will be titled Emergency Management, gives the Chief Executive authority to carry out certain emergency measures necessary to ensure the health and well-being of Band Members.
Please click here for a letter to Band members from Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin and Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Boyd.
For ongoing updates, please see millelacsband.com/services/covid-19-information.