Benjamin elected to third term as Mille Lacs Chief Executive

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Onamia, Minnesota (ICC) 7-08

Incumbent Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin was re-elected in the band’s 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 band’s 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 band’s 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 band’s Executive Director of Education.