Mille Lacs Band Executive gives address

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Onamia, Minnesota (ICC) January 2011

Chief Executive Marge Anderson called on Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members to strengthen their individual roles in the community.  Anderson spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the 2011 State of the Band Address at Grand Casino Mille Lacs during January.

“Tribal government has its role. It provides programs and services. It gives members tools for success.  But the tribal government is not the creator or the center of this community,” she said.  “Community isn’t just a place or a thing. Community is a verb. Community is action.”

Anderson asked Band members to get personally involved in improving the reservation community and addressing difficult problems such as gangs, violence, drugs and alcohol.

“The government cannot fix these problems.  Money can’t fix our problems either,” she said. “We, the people, need to step in and make a difference.”