Aanjibimaadizing, which means "changing lives" in our Ojibwe language, is operated as a division of the Mille Lacs Band's Department of Administration. The goals of the program are centered on our mission statement:

To assist our fellow Anishinaabe with education, training, work experiences, cultural participation, and support services to be prosperous and change their life.

Gladys Sam
Central Office Receptionist
Tel: 800-922-4457 or 320-532-7407

Karen Pagnac
Training Coordinator
Tel: 320-632-4139

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Our goals for 2019 – 2022 are as follows:

To increase child care services in all Mille Lacs Band districts that will synchronize with Ojibwe language and cultural goals while providing safe environments for children and families. Measured by the number of expanded child care slots and amount of child care assistance paid per year.

To coordinate services with Mille Lacs Band departments and outside agency partnerships that allow clients to maximize opportunities to support holistic health and wellness, while minimizing barriers for clients to increase self-sufficiency. Measured by the number of Memorandum of Agreements or Understanding (MOA/MOU) and by an increase in client participation with outside agencies or entities.

To develop Ojibwe language resources, materials, and training to be used long-term with Aanjibimaadizing clients and all Mille Lac Band members to increase the use of language, number of speakers, and improve the health and education of the community holistically. Measured by the number of books, resources, and materials available at the end of this three-year plan in comparison to current resources.

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AANJI Sports Form
Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds (PEAF)
At this time, CERA grant funds are only available to Mille Lacs Band Member Head of Households. If you are not a Mille Lacs Band Member please visit, or the Tribe in which you are enrolled.


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.

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


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

Electronic Forms

Scholarship Semester Quarter Report
Scholarship Application
Educational Enrichment Application
Award Request


Assignment of Per Capita Distribution Funds
Authorization Letter and Agreement Terms
Consent for the Release of Confidential Information
MLB Higher Education Policies
Promissory Note
Student Education Plan
Student Checklist

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Additional Scholarships
Educational Programs to Consider

Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)


The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) ensures that all employment entities of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe shall give preference to Native Americans in hiring, promotion, training and all other aspects of employment, including contracting and subcontracting. TERO does not directly hire or make hiring decisions; however, it does refer qualified Mille Lacs Band members and other Native Americans to companies doing business on lands of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Lori Trail
TERO Director
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
320-532-4778 Office
320-630-2617 Cell
Fax: 320-532-3785 ATTN: TERO

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