Tribal Government Reduces Staff to Protect Communities


Tribal Government reduces staff to protect community

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, on March 17, 2020, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe took a proactive approach to voluntarily reduce staffing levels. For the safety of the communities and the employees of the Mille Lacs Band, the day-to-day Government operations will be reduced to the following critical staff only until futher notice. Future updates can be found at or

Tribal Emergency Response Committee

The Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) will continue to meet daily to evaluate the situation and provide updates to the community.

Tribal Police will continue to operate as normal 24/7. The dispatch number is 320-532-3430. In an emergency, call 911.

The Election Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

Department of Administration

Commissioner of Administration Baabiitaw Boyd, 218-670-0745. Under the Department of Administration, essential staff include Director of IT, Director of Human Resources, Safety Risk Specialist, Benefits Administrator, Employee/Labor Relations Specialist, Director of Tribal Child Support Enforcement, Director of Grants, and Government Affairs.
Aanjibimaadizing Executive Director Tammy Wickstrom, 320-364-9511.

Aanjibimaadizing Case Managers: Director Candace Benjamin, District I, 320-362-0014; Renee Allen, District III, 320-591-0559; Donna Churchill, District III, 320-207-0907; Dawn Paro, Urban, 612-368-9417; Winona Spaulding, Urban, 612-360-7219; Kaari Weyaus, District I, 218-316-2437; Ann Stafford, District I, 320-630-5769; Winona Crazy Thunder, District II, 320-364-3049.

Department of Community Development

Assistant Commissioner of Administration Peter Nayquonabe, 320-630-3118. Peter is also Acting Commissioner of Community Development and will oversee the following core services that will continue to be provided by Community Development/Housing: Emergency Construction, Funerals, Furnace calls, Loan servicing, Minobimaadiziwin, Power supply, Roads Maintenance, Sanitation (Garbage removal), Sewer, Water, Snow plowing, Housing Emergency on Call Maintenance.

Department of Education

Commissioner of Education Joyce Shingobe, 651-354-4900. All Education Staff remain on duty, including the Early Education management team, Kitchen staff, Bus Drivers, and Custodians.

Department of Natural Resources

Commissioner of Natural Resources Katie Draper, 320-515-0846, will oversee Conservation Officers, the Office Manager, Director of Environmental Programs, Director of Resource Management, and Director of Cultural Resources.

Office of Management and Budget

Commissioner of Finance Mel Towle, 320-532-7475. Critical staff areas are as follows: Payroll & Accounts Payable, 320-532-7471. Per Cap, 320-532-7472.

Department of Health and Human Services

Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicole Anderson, 320-364-9969, will oversee the following HHS critical staff:
Director of Public Health Lisa Blahosky-Olivarez, 320-362-0423
Executive Director of Health Services Jan Manary — Clinic contact, 320-532-4761
Executive Director of Human Services Carmen Kalk, 320-364-9116
Director of Community Support Services Kristian Theisz, 320-630-2687
Director of Family Services Tabatha Boyd, 320-362-4258
Under Community Support Services, the following remain on duty:
Family Violence Protection Program, Kate Kalk, 320-532-7793
Elder Services Coordinator Denise Sargent, 320-532-7854
Wraparound Coordinator Tammy Mooreland, 320-292-1942
Elder/Disability Social Worker Peter Charpentier, 320-292-2283
Other HHS Phone Numbers:
Pharmacy: Jessie Godding, 320-532-2548
Maintenance: Curt Kalk Jr., 320-362-1657
Four Winds Lodge: Lindsay Misquadace-Berg, 218-454-8905
Substance Use Disorders programs: Mark Watters, 320-630-4791
Nurse Line: 320-630-0855
Mental Health call line: 320-674-4384
Medication Assisted Recovery line: 320.362.0892