Fire destroys Bois Forte tribal headquarters

Nett Lake, Minnestota (AP) 7-09

Fire has destroyed the headquarters of the Bois Forte Tribal Government in northern Minnesota.

No one was in the building when the blaze broke out.

Tribal Chairman Kevin Leecy says the building is a total loss.

Firefighters from the Bois Forte (boyz fohrt) Fire Department and the Orr Fire Department battled the fire.

The cause is under investigation, but reports indicate a vehicle fire near the building may have ignited the structure.

The building housed the tribe’s administration and finance offices, as well as its language preservation program and tribal council chambers.

A nearby building that houses the tribal council, the DNR and water quality was not damaged.