The Legislative Branch, also called the Band Assembly, is made up of three District Representatives and the Secretary-Treasurer, who is also the Speaker of the Band Assembly. The Legislative Branch passes laws, allocates revenue, ratifies appointments of commissioners and oversees the Office of Management and Budget. Band Assembly meets regularly at rotating locations around the districts.
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Postpones Primary Election June 9, General Election to August 18
On March 24, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s Tribal Executive Committee (TEC) voted 7-4 in favor of Resolution 65-20, which postpones the tribal primary election until June 9 and the general election until August 18 due to coronavirus.
On March 26, the MCT released a Revised Election Calendar. Click here to view the calendar.
Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Boyd and Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin voted against the change after Sheldon consulted with the Election Board members, who wanted the primary to go ahead as planned on March 31.
All absentee ballots that have been cast already are still valid. The MCT is requiring that each Reservation Election Board store all ballots received under lock and key until the June 9 primary. More information will be coming from the MCT on this topic.
COVID-19 UPDATE: STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin signed an Executive Order today, Sunday, March 15, declaring that the Band is in a State of Emergency, while the Band Assembly— composed of Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Body and District Representatives Sandra Blake, Marvin Bruneau, and Wally St. John — passed Ordinance 27-20, The Emergency Management Act, establishing Title 27 within the Mille Lacs Band Statutes Annotated. Title 27, which will be titled Emergency Management, gives the Chief Executive authority to carry out certain emergency measures necessary to ensure the health and well-being of Band Members.
Please click here for a letter to Band members from Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin and Secretary/Treasurer Sheldon Boyd.
For ongoing updates, please see millelacsband.com/services/covid-19-information.
Sheldon Boyd was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2018. In this role he is the leader of the Legislative Branch that has the authority to enact laws that regulate the Band’s affairs, appropriate funding for Band programs and services, and serves as Speaker of the Mille Lacs Band Assembly. His priorities include transparency and inclusion of Band members in the legislative process.
Most recently he was the IT manager for the Band’s Department of Health and Human Services. He formerly served the Band as Commissioner of Administration, who is the chief of staff to the Chief Executive. He considers his Ojibwe culture and spirituality the most defining parts of his life, and since 1985 he has been a drum member, serving as a pipe carrier.
The son of the late Grace and Raining Boyd, Sheldon split his childhood between the Mille Lacs Reservation and Minneapolis, graduated from Minneapolis South High School and Northwestern Electronics, and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has four children and four grandchildren who inspire him to make decisions that consider the coming generations. He also is a health and fitness enthusiast who enjoys running.
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.
Marvin Ray Bruneau
District II Representative
Marvin Bruneau is a lifelong resident of District II on the Mille Lacs Reservation. He is the father of three daughters, Erin, Amanda, and Amber. He graduated from McGregor High School and attended the College of St. Scholastica.
Bruneau served as the Mille Lacs Band’s District II Representative from 1990 to 2014, and was re-elected in 2018. He has also served the Band as a member of the Housing Authority Board of Directors, a Community Health Representative, and a Drum Society member. In addition, Bruneau has been an Emergency Medical Technician and a factory worker in the McGregor area.
He enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. He looks forward to coming back to serve as a member of Band Assembly and making positive changes for the tribe.
Wallace St. John Sr.
District III Representative
Wallace St. John Sr. was elected District III Representative in 2018. He has worked for the Mille Lacs Band government and resided in District III of the Mille Lacs Reservation since 1999. District III includes the Aazhoomog (Lake Lena) community near the St. Croix River east of Hinckley, as well as a large community of Band members living in Hinckley.
Most recently, St. John worked in land maintenance and wildland for the Band’s Department of Natural Resources for seven years. Previously he held housing and public works positions for the Band, at Black Bear Casino as a blackjack dealer and shift supervisor, and in public works for the Fond du Lac Band. His volunteer service includes 10 years on the Nay Ah Shing School Board and 11 years on the Mille Lacs Band Boxing Commission.
St. John is the proud father of six children and twelve grandchildren. He is a graduate of Flandreau Indian School, where he was active in student government. He intends to integrate the Ojibwe cultural values of peace, harmony and balance with nature into his work for the community.
Office of Management and Budget
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) strives to serve all Mille Lacs Band Members and Government Associates in a professional, courteous manner. Our goal is to provide accurate, efficient financial services while respecting our customers and co-workers, always with an emphasis on teamwork.
The Office of Management and Budget is led by the Commissioner of Finance. The Commissioner of Finance position is currently vacant.
For more on OMB, click here.
Department of Motor Vehicles
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which registers vehicles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and trailers.
DMV OFFICE HOURS:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lunch Breaks: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (M-F)
FOR REGISTERING A VEHICLE/BOAT/ATV/SNOWMOBILE/MOTORCYCLE OR TRAILER, IT IS REQUIRED TO BRING:
- A BILL OF SALE
- STATE TITLE
- CURRENT INSURANCE
- CURRENT TRIBAL ID
There is a 5% Mille Lacs Band Tax, on the purchase price of the vehicle, before transferring or purchasing Band Plates.
Mille Lacs Band Plates are only dispersed to Band Members that reside within the boundaries of the Mille Lacs Reservation and Service Areas, or for Governmental Departments.
Mille Lacs Band License Plates are to remain with the Band Member or Department (if the vehicle is sold or transferred) the license plate will become null and void if you relocate out of the boundaries of the Mille Lacs Reservation or Service Areas.
Personalized plate fee $50.00
Any questions you contact Deanna Sam at 320-532-7498.
Fax number is: 320-532-7805
Mille Lacs Band Government Center
43408, Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
District I (Mille Lacs) Community Center
43500 Virgo Road
Onamia, MN 56359
District IIA (Isle) Community Center
2605 Chiminising Drive
Isle, MN 56342
District II (East Lake) Community Center
HCR 2, Box 58
McGregor, MN 55760
District III Aazhoomog Community Center
45749 Grace Lake Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
The Mille Lacs Band is a federally recognized, sovereign constituent band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. At the core of tribal sovereignty is the power to make and enforce laws within tribal jurisdiction. Accordingly, the Band has statutes and ordinances that define its laws and the authority of each branch of government.
Section by Section Disposition of New Ordinances
Constitution and Bylaws
Title 1 — Civil Rights Code
Title 2 — Governmental Power and Sovereignty
Title 3 — Legislative Branch
Title 4 — Executive Branch
Title 5 — Judicial Branch
Title 6 — Government Employees
Title 7 — Procurement
Title 8 — Children and Families
Title 9 — Education
Title 10 — Cultural Resources
Title 11 — Natural Resources
Title 12 — Housing
Title 13 — Utilities
Title 14 — Capital Improvements
Title 15 — Gaming Regulatory Act
Title 16 — Corporations
Title 17 — Banks and Banking
Title 18 — Commercial Practices
Title 19 — Motor Vehicles
Title 20 — Watercraft
Title 21 — Real and Personal Property
Title 22 — Taxation
Title 23 — Prohibited Drugs
Title 24 — Judicial Proceedings
Title 25 — Official Recognition
Title 26 — Compensation of Elected Officials