Craig Hansen Mille Lacs Band TERO
On April 21, 13 Tribal Members from across six tribes (Mille Lacs, Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, White Earth, Leech Lake and Upper Sioux) graduated from the 12-week Pre-Apprenticeship Training with the Cement Mason Union. Marc AJ Anderson and Scott Friend were the two Mille Lacs Band members who completed the training and will be going on to careers in the construction industry.
The training partnership between the Union, MNDOT and the tribes began back in 2014. Since then 43 students have graduated with 80 percent working in the construction industry. The next round of Cement Mason Training is set to begin in May 2018, with the application process beginning at State of the Band on January 9, 2018.