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, environmental protection, natural resource permits, historical preservation and tribal enrollment.



Bradley Harrington
Commissioner of Natural Resources

320-532-7439


Rachel Shaugobay
Director of Natural Resources Administration

320-532-7443


Alyssa Welsh
Administrative Assistant to DNR

320-532-7439


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Wildlife Program

The Wildlife Program enhances wildlife areas and natural environments.

Kelly Applegate
Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist

763-221-0320

Fisheries Program

The fisheries program prepares and coordinates with inter-agencies pertaining to fishery management.

Carl Klimah
Fisheries Biologist

320-532-7733 or 320-733-0837

DNR Enforcement Program

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



Jason Rice
Conservation Officer

320-532-5690 or

320-630-2619


Leah Kampa
Conservation Officer

320-532-5690 or

320-630-2472


Taylor Hochstein
Conservation Officer

320-532-5690 or

320-630-7331


Jared Rosati
Conservation Officer

320-532-5690 or

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 I

Kevin Stobb
Lead Licensing Agent

320-532-7896

District II

Randi Harrington
Licensing Agent

218-768-3311

District IIa

Carmen Kalk
Program Administrator

320-676-1102

District III

Vanessa Gibbs
Licensing Agent

320-384-6240 Ext.230

Urban Office

Barb Benjamin-Robertson
Urban Program Administrator

612-872-1424

Environmental Programs operates, administers and coordinates activities associated with the Environmental Protection Agency and Band funded programs. In addition, inspections of NPDES (stormwater) and Underground Storage Tanks are conducted to ensure environmental resource protection. Environmental Programs includes an air program, ground/surface water program, a water quality lab and a Brownfield Response Program.



Perry Bunting
Director of Environmental Programs

320-532-7446 or

320-630-2439


Ryan Rupp
Environmental Programs Manager

320-532-7442


Charles Lippert
Air Quality Technician

320-532-4704


Chad Weiss
Aquatic Biologist

320-532-7445


Jeremy J. Harrington
Water Quality Technician

320-532-7721


Todd Moilanen
Brownfield Coordinator

320-532-4772


Real Estate Services

Real Estate services are provided to Band members who have questions about land leases, purchases, or other real estate activities

Real Estate Director

320-532-7552

Tribal Historical Preservation Office

This program works to preserve archaeological sites and repatriate artifacts.

Natalie Weyaus
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

320-532-7450

The tribal government’s archives department collects and preserves written materials for the Band and makes them available to researchers and other interested people.

Mike Wilson
Archivist

320-532-7535

Forestry/Fire Program

The Forestry/Fire Program is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires.



Jake Horbacz
Forester

320-532-7513 or

320-630-5752


Dean Staples
Lead Forestry Technician

320-532-7589 or

320-630-2431


Land Maintenance

Andrew Boyd
Environmental Projects Manager

320-532-7779

Tribal Enrollment & Probate

The Tribal Enrollments Office assists people who want to enroll as a Mille Lacs Band member. It also provides enrolled Band members with tribal identification cards. Enrollments Manager: 320-532-7440. For more information on Tribal Enrollments, please see Enrollments.

Enrollment Application