Elected & Appointed Officials
The Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive is elected by Band members every four years. The Secretary/Treasurer, who is the speaker of the Band Assembly, is also elected by Band members every four years. District Representatives to the Band Assembly are elected by the people of their respective districts for four-year terms. Band members who live off the reservation select a home district and vote only for that district’s Representative.
Chief Executive As Chief Executive of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of OJibwe
Melanie Benjamin leads the Executive Branch of tribal government, which implements Band laws and programs. As Chief Executive, Benjamin is statutorily responsible for conducting external relations on behalf of the Band with all other governments and political subdivisions. Benjamin was first elected Chief Executive in 2000, and was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Carolyn Beaulieu has a long history of involvement with the Mille Lacs Band government prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer in 2014. She began in 2001 as an executive assistant to the Commissioner of Corporate Affairs and then as associate director in the Band Member Development Department. She has also served as Commissioner of Administration and most recently as area relations/special projects coordinator for the Band’s Government Affairs Department. Carolyn earned a Master’s Degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. She also serves as Speaker of the Assembly.
Sandra L. Blake
District I Representative
Band member Sandra Blake was born and raised on the Mille Lacs Reservation, where she and her husband raised their three children. Blake has a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from the College of St. Scholastica and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education. Blake was elected Mille Lacs Band District I Representative in 2008 and again in 2012; she previously served as District I Representative from 2000-2004.Blake most recently served as executive director of education for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She has also held numerous positions within the Minnesota Historical Society at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum, as well as other positions with the Mille Lacs Band.
David “Niib” Aubid
District II Representative
David “Niib” Aubid took office in July of 2014. District II includes East Lake, Minnewawa, Sandy Lake, Aitkin and McGregor and Isle. Aubid has lived in the East Lake village of District II for the vast majority of his life. For several years, Aubid has taught at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, prior to which he taught for 16 years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He served as District II representative from 1974 to 1978 and ascommissioner of administration from 1984 to 1989. Aubid received an associate degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College with a specialty in Ojibwe language and a degree in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a minor in linguistics.
District III Representative
In June 2014 District III voters returned Harry Davis to office. He had served as representative from 1998 to 2010. District III includes the Hinckley and Lake Lena communities. During his tenure, he focused on improving the lives of Band members through housing, education and employment opportunities at the Band’s enterprises. Prior to becoming a District III representative, Davis was lead slot technician at Grand Casino Hinckley. He has also coached the Lake Lena Boxing Club. Davis resides east of Hinckley on the Mille Lacs Reservation.
The Solicitor General and Commissioners are nominated to four-year terms by the Chief Executive and ratified by Band Assembly.
Commissioner of Administration
Joseph Nayquonabe Jr.
Commissioner of Corporate Affairs
Rick St. Germaine
Commissioner of Education
Commissioner of Natural Resources
Rebecca St. Germaine
Commissioner of Health and Human Services
Commissioner of Finance
Commissioner of Community Development