American Indian Communities in Minnesota - Mille Lacs Band

American Indian Communities in Minnesota
Mille Lacs Band

Reservation Area: 61,000 acres

Tribal Land: 3,937 acres

Allotted: 107.35 acres

Tribal Enrollment: 2,864 (1995)

Communities: Vineland (tribal headquarters), Lake Lena, Isle, East Lake, Minnewawa and Sandy Lake.

Number of Residents: 1,408 (1995)


Tribal ancestors became established in the area around Lake Mille Lacs in the mid-1700s. The reservation was established in 1855. There are three distinct areas of the reservation which are located in Aitkin, Pine, Crow Wing, and Mille Lacs counties. The Band is a part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.


Type of Government: Representative government through a four-member elected legislative body and an elected chief executive. There are also legislative and judicial branches of the government.

Election Process: Council members are elected by enrolled tribal members. Those not living on the reservation may vote by absentee ballot.

Employment (1995)

Labor Force: 591

Unemployment: 8%

Economic Development

Tribal Businesses: Woodlands National Bank, Onamia Bakery, Gas Station and Convenience Store, Restaurant, Convention Center, Casinos, Hotels, and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum

School Attendance

Nay Ah Shing Enrollment (1997-1998):
Elementary (K-6): 275
Junior High (7-8): 66
High School (9-12): 106

Public Schools (1997-1998):

Onamia: 152

Hinckley: 40

Milaca: 71

Health Care (1994)

Number of Clinics: 1

Number of Doctors: .8 (FTE)


Number: 2 - Grand Casino Mille

Lacs, Garrison and Grand Casino

Hinckley, Hinckley

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