- Parent Category: Culture, Education & Sports
- Category: Akiing Section (Algonquin)
- Published: 21 July 2008
Onamia, Minnesota (ICC) 7-08
Incumbent Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin was re-elected in the bands general election on June 10. The win gives Benjamin her third four-year term as Chief Executive.
Benjamin was elected to her first term in 2000. Prior to that, she served as the bands Commissioner of Administration from 1989 to 1997, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance at Grand Casino Hinckley, and in several other positions with the Mille Lacs Band. She has also served the Indian community through numerous boards and organizations at the local, state and national levels. As Chief Executive, Benjamin leads the bands executive branch that implements band laws and administers programs and services.
District I Representative.
In the District I Representative race, Sandra Blake defeated incumbent Alicia Skinaway. Blake previously served in this post from 2000-2004, and most recently has been the bands Executive Director of Education.