The Mille Lacs Band Higher Education Office (MLBHEO) is established to assist enrolled members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and their children as they pursue their educational goals. A financial award may also be given to those members who successfully obtain their degree, diploma, or certificate. This program is not intended to replace other forms of financial aid.

Brooke “Niiyo” Gonzales
Commissioner of Education
320-362-4245 (cell)

Raina Killspotted
Director of Education
320-362-3423 (cell)

Michele Berger
Scholarship & Career Counselor
800-709-6445, ext. 4775
Fax: 320-532-7826

Loretta Hansen
District # Retention Specialist
320-674-4801 (cell)

Kylee Sawyer
Administrative Assistant
320-532-7831 (office)


Vocational, technical, college, and university students can apply for scholarships to pay for books, tuition, and fees. Scholarship applications are available online at


These awards are given upon successful completion of various levels of education, from high school to graduate school. Academic achievement award applications are available online at


Mille Lacs Band members of all ages can apply for Educational Enrichment funds to attend educational classes, school-based activities, cultural activities, and community education classes. Some restrictions apply. Educational enrichment fund applications are available online at

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